“The” Titanic (In Which I Show How Funny an Article Can Be)

Full disclosure: this is an update to a blog post I wrote in a previous lifetime (specifically June, 2010). A recent conversation at work re-ignited the simple (and yet strangely hilarious) concept as described below.  

What a difference an article can make.

And I’m not even referring, here, to a magazine or newspaper article (Dewey Defeats Truman!) I mean “article” in the grammatical sense – The, A, An.  Specifically, The.

At work this week, some of us were laughing over a former co-worker’s Facebook page, which lists just one favorite movie: The Gladiator. Key word being THE.

Now, I think Russell Crowe is overrated and I actually dozed off in the theater when seeing (The) Gladiator, but I still know the “The” is oddly misplaced.  So we were left to wonder … is there another movie called “THE Gladiator?”  As it turns out, yes.  From 1938.  But I’m pretty sure she just screwed up the title.

So what other movies would be laughably misnamed with the addition of a simple “The?”  Here’s a few … all of which could grammatically include an article (e.g., I’m not saying “The Raising Arizona” or “The Jerry Maguire”).

The Field of Dreams
The Taxi Driver
The Citizen Kane
The Clerks
The Titanic
The Ghost
The Mean Girls
The Chariots of Fire
The Scream
The Network
The Crash
The Private Parts
The Toy Story
The Rear Window
The True Romance
The Field of Dreams
The Platoon
The Caddyshack
The Seven
The Avatar*
The Memento
The Blow

*Final three courtesy of Carlos

What are some others?


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