People usually look to a film's title to gauge what kind of affair they’re in for. This means that the titles count for a lot, if not everything. While some are short, punchy, and easy to understand, others are absolutely absurd.
Many may tell you that keeping a title simple can actually make a film marketable. In this article, however, we are going to take a look at movies that may have odd and lengthy titles, but are quality films worth watching. And no, we haven't included sequels or franchise films.
Here you go!
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical adaptation. It is a comedic story of a young New York window washer named Ponty who attempts to climb the corporate ladder after he finds a book titled How to Succeed in Business Without Trying.
To anyone who is a victim of the 9-to-5 grind, watching Ponty climb the ranks of the very company he once washed windows for, that too without really trying, is quite amusing.
The title of the film may be long, but with a concept that so many of us can relate to, the film is unforgettable.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1973)
This is one of the first movies directed by renowned comedian and filmmaker, Woody Allen. It delves into topics that would often be considered taboo on the big screen.
The film, with the eyebrow raising title, is made up of seven unrelated stories. The only thing they have in common is they pertain to the topic of sex.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai is actually a simple tale of Dr. Banzai, a physicist who has to save the world from inter-dimensional aliens called the Red Lectoids from Planet 10.
The movie, as one would gauge from the the title, was actually considered ridiculous and silly. However, despite it being no Citizen Kane, it went on to acquire cult status.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
This is a mockumentary that follows the Kazakhstani journalist Borat in his attempt to film a documentary recounting his learning and understanding of American culture.
The ridiculously long title is a perfect representation of the shocking shenanigans that take place throughout the film.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
If you’re a fan of dark comedic approach, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore won’t disappoint. The film's main character’s state of depression sets the chain of events in motion. After being burglarized, depressed Ruth sees an opportunity to find new purpose in life by bringing justice to the burglars with the help of a neighbor.
As the title suggests, the film is about human depression and the effects the condition has on human behavior.
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
This film follows Ashtray, an individual who returns to the place he grew up in. Here he meets his father and his basket-case friends.
The film's title is borrowed from the films it parodies. Some of these include Boyz n the Hood (1991), South Central (1992), Menace II Society (1993), Higher Learning (1995) and Juice (1992). Some of the actors who starred in those movies appear in the film and in some cases appearing in similar roles.