Friday, August 30, 2013

Comic Relief: Shifting Titles

Remember awhile back when I wrote about shifting adjectives (click here)? I thought it might be fun to try that exercise on movie titles to see what funny combinations turn up.

First I chose ten movie titles consisting of only two words. I wrote each title on a separate piece of paper, mixed them up, then randomly selected each one so I wouldn't be tempted to orchestrate the list. Here it is:
  1. Rear Window
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Die Hard
  4. Roman Holiday
  5. Groundhog Day
  6. High Noon
  7. Citizen Kane
  8. Toy Story
  9. Funny Farm
  10. Star Wars
Then I shifted the first words of each title one notch, and tried to think of ideas for a comedy film.
  1. Star Window
  2. Rear Nemo (He finally found his son, now he's gotta raise him through the teen years.)
  3. Finding Hard (Everything comes easy for Helga, so she sets out on a variety of bizarre and silly ventures searching for something to challenge her abilities.)
  4. Die Holiday (A man is determined to kill his least favorite holiday…Halloween.)
  5. Roman Day 
  6. Groundhog Noon (Groundhog, Chattanooga Charlie, challenges Punxsutawney Phil to a shadow duel at high noon, whoever resists running from his shadow is the winner.)
  7. High Kane
  8. Citizen Story
  9. Toy Farm  
  10. Funny Wars (Class clown, Andrew, goes to Clown College only to discover being a goofball there is serious business.)
Okay, my brains are drained. I would love to hear your ideas for these titles!


  1. Star Window (A place where the ordinary person can go look into what their life might be like if they became a big star.)
    Rear Nemo (not a clue!)
    Finding Hard (A math student who breezes through classes, looking for a challenge. And then, he finds it.)
    Die Holiday (A tragic drama about the death of Christmas tradition.)
    Roman Day
    Groundhog Noon (A kind of chipmunk Good, Bad & Ugly ... where they meet for a showdown in the middle of the field at noon.)
    High Kane (A promising young man takes a sad detour into the life of a heroin addict.)
    Toy Farm (Where toys are born and raised to go to market.)
    Funny Wars (A take-off from the War of the Roses ... only much lighter.)

    That was fun!

    1. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Susan! It gets the ol' creative juices flowing, doesn't it?