Strangely Accurate Movie Synopses
When I was a kid, before internet was widely available, if I was unfamiliar with a movie, I had to look it up in T.V. Guide. There in the back of the publication, were lists of films, complete with a plot synopsis of each film that was playing that week. Years later Steve Giuliano told me a story about a T.V. Guide synopsis for The Wizard of Oz that was off, but strangely accurate: " Transported to a sureal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again." We both laughed, because it was accurate, but seemed to paint a different picture of this immortal classic. Later, while passing the time at work, we formed a game based on this movie description. The following list is what both of us came up with. Welcome to Strangely Accurate Movie Synopses!
Back to the Future(1985) Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
A young man's mother attempts to have sex with him. He also has a questionable relationship with a local mad scientist.
Big (1988) Dir. Penny Marshall
Starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
Powerful business woman has sex with a co-worker, unaware that he is a 12 year old boy.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Dir. Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed
Man attempts suicide and fails.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985) Dir. Tim Burton
Starring Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily
Manchild takes road trip to search for his stolen bike.
The Shawshank Redemption(1994) Dir. Frank Darabont
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Two men form an interracial relationship while in prison.
Innerspace (1987) Dir. Joe Dante
Starring Martin Short, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan
One man spends time inside another man, both learn something from the experience.
Dances With Wolves (1990) Dir. Kevin Costner
Starring Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Gragam Greene
Kevin Costner directs and stars in a movie that stole three hours of my childhood.