A Few Film Titles that are Grammatically Challenged

Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi Directed by: J.J. AbramsStarring:  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John ChoWritten by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Star Trek Into Darkness (incorrect)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (correct)
Is a star taking a long hike into darkness?


Among the numerous talented writers in Hollywood, it’s amazing that blatant grammatical errors exist in the most apparent part of some films…the title. Personally I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because some grammatical errors can be easily overlooked and it’s a fact that computers solve everything(*wink*). It’s amazing that something as simple as a copy and paste into a grammar check utility could have resolved the errors in these titles.


Law Abiding Citizen (incorrect) Law-Abiding Citizen (correct)
Law Abiding Citizen (incorrect)

Law-Abiding Citizen (correct)
Is the law abiding the citizen or is the citizen law-abiding?

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (incorrect) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (correct)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (incorrect)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (correct)
Is this a film about forty virgin toddlers?

Can't Hardly Wait (incorrect) ???? - The entire title is a disaster!
Can’t Hardly Wait (incorrect)

???? – The entire title is a disaster!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (incorrect) My Big, Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (incorrect)

My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (correct)
Is this about a large wedding or a fat Greek person?


While some film titles may have intentional errors in grammar, it’s always fun to find these miniscule mistakes in well-known films. There are many movie mistakes out there whether they are grammatical in nature or completely obvious. I found it interesting to highlight a few of these films that blatantly missed these errors, despite their level of enjoyment. What are some titles that you can think of that fall victim to these grammatical crimes?

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First and foremost, Ryan Brown is a fan. He has been an avid fan of both the theater and cinema since an early age and his passion for both has been continually growing ever since. When dissecting a film, he focuses on all elements of film-making including some fan/cult factors. He believes that character development is the foundation of a good film and usually starts his analysis of a film from there moving forward. His writing style may be influenced by his background of narrative and argumentative studies in the subject, but he tends to enjoy a more conversational style to better interact with the readers, unlike some other pretentious and pompous writers.

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