Having exhausted all the really good box sets on Netflix during lockdown, and with the nights drawing in, I’m revisiting some ‘old’ movies that make me laugh. At the top of my list to rewatch is the delightfully witty My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Looking at the movie title again, it suddenly struck me that there is a comma – or even two – missing (unless this really is a film about a wedding for obese Greek people).
A quick trawl through Google reveals a rich seam of films with grammatically incorrect titles. Purely for your amusement, here is the Accuracy Matters’ top 10:
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It’s such a great movie, I forgive them for the missing comma.
9. Marley & Me. Part drama-comedy, part weepie, when this film was released it set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever. All this despite the fact that, technically, it should be called Marley & I.
8. 30 Minutes or Less. It’s probably quite churlish of me to point out this grammatical error but 30 Minutes or Fewer is technically correct.
7. How Do You Know. How can you forget to add a question mark?!
6. Two Weeks Notice. Watchable rom-com (and Hugh Grant really isn’t that bad in this one) but we all know it should say Two Weeks’ Notice.
5. Law Abiding Citizen. Great attention to detail in casting two leading men with impeccably white teeth. Shame nobody in the studio thought to pay attention to the grammatical accuracy of this movie title (which, of course, should read Law-abiding Citizen).
4. Goofy movie Grown Ups is missing a hyphen (Grown-ups) but what makes it worse is that a) they made a sequel, and b) they still didn’t fix the error.
3. The Pursuit of Happyness. A deliberate choice to misspell ‘happiness’ but still very annoying!
2. Eight Legged Freaks. Every arachnophobe knows it should read Eight-legged Freaks.
1. Face/Off. Nonsensical plot line and nonsensical use of a slash. Just dreadful.