We don’t do well with titles in my family. It’s some kind of naming dyslexia, probably not identified yet in the DSM-IV. So the other day when my daughter told me she was going to the movies to see “The Children Are Doing Just Fine,” I knew right away she was going to see the Julianne Moore/Annette Bening movie, “The Kids Are All Right.”
It still made me laugh. I tried to picture how that line would have worked with the Who song of the same name. Even hummed a few bars just to see if it would work. Not so much.
And then another family member said he’s been watching the show, “Who Told You That You Could Dance?” and still somebody else asked me to go along to see the movie, “I’m So Detestable.”It’s got me wondering if there isn’t some kind of self-help book for this disorder.
Still, I’m glad to see we’re not the only ones. In the New York Times’s Metropolitan Diary column a few months ago, there was the story of a woman who was walking down the street with her daughter, when they spotted Larry David, the creator and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” coming the other way. The daughter said, “Oh! Wow! There’s that guy from the show ‘Lower Your Expectations.'”
I think this could be a fun game, actually: coming up with paraphrased titles. The singing group “They Might Be Giants” could be called “They Are Certainly Not Tiny” and the movie “500 Days of Summer” might be renamed “A Whole Lot of Hot Weather.”