Four Films with Very Misleading Titles

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Most of the time, we know exactly what to expect when a new film comes out. That is mostly thanks to social media, trailers, and zillions of reviews that come out way before the movie even premieres. Honestly, many of us avoid finding out too much about new films, because there is such a high risk of spoilers! I went and saw Baby Driver the week it came out, but I already knew so much about it because everyone talked about it in detail on my Facebook feed. That being said, had I not known about that film, would I even be able to figure it out based on the title alone? Probably not. It honestly sounds like a wacky, Pixar movie about a baby that can drive. In fact, there are many films that have very misleading titles just upon hearing them. So without further ado, here are my top 4 misleading movie titles:



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This movie really has nothing to do with mermaids at all. In fact, the word “mermaid” is probably uttered about 3 times, and that is only because Cher dresses up as one for a New Year’s Party. There’s not even some metaphorical speech in the film where Cher tells her daughters that “All women are like mermaids,” …or something like that. Christina Ricci’s character is a swimmer, and she almost drowns in a scene. So I guess that kind of has to do with mermaids? I really don’t know why this movie has this title. That being said, this movie is a must-see. A ’90s classic.



Image Credit: Lions Gate Films

Judging from the title, this movie could either be a Monster’s Inc. spin-off, or possibly an action/thriller of some sort. Well, it is neither of these things. This film is actually about prison executions, loss, and racism. Very serious stuff…as well as a MUCH deserved Oscar award to Halle Berry for her performance.



Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Upon first hearing the title of this movie, it sounds like a Saturday Night Fever rip-off. It takes place in the ’70s and there are a few scenes in a disco club, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. This movie is full of stars (Mark Wahlberg, Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Burt Reynolds, etc) and it explores the lives of people in the porn industry with a very…um…shocking ending. Just watch it.



Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Better Off Dead definitely sounds like a mobster movie or perhaps a high-suspense horror flick. You can almost hear the deep, gravelly voice in the trailer saying “If you get caught…you’re  better off dead. Coming this Summer.” This film is actually one of the funniest movies ever made. In the midst of the thousands of teen movies during the ’80s, this one slipped through the cracks a bit. That being said, if you have never seen this or heard of it, watch it ASAP. John Cusack is hilarious as he wanders through his teen years navigating a traumatic break-up and his insane family.


These films are actually four of my all-time favorite movies. There are lots more films with misleading titles that were not listed. I probably didn’t watch them because the titles threw me off. Perhaps, a part II to this article is in order. Stay tuned.

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Lindsay Wessinger

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Lindsay Wessinger is a writer/musician who resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been a freelance writer since 2006, whose work has appeared in Square Magazine, The Ink Press and The Women Take Over. She has been a working musician since 2009 and is currently in the band, Girls Club.
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