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The Return of Misleading but Accurate Descriptions of Popular Movies

Over a decade ago, I was inspired to write a piece where I crafted a collection of misleading but accurate plot descriptions of movies. It was a blast to write and to this day, it remains one of the most viewed articles on the site. I did it again for the Collective Publishing site, but that one seems to be lost to time, due to the site no longer existing and my original copy must have been saved on a device that I no longer have. 

It has now been over eight years since the last time I did one this little exercise of trying to accurately describe a well-known movie but in a way that may cause you to think of an entirely different plot. Right now, seems like a wonderful time to do even more misleading but accurate plot description for popular movies.

I should warn you that to understand some of the descriptions you'd need to know the film, thus there are some spoilers.

Beauty and the Beast (1991): The town hero seeks the love of a beautiful girl and vows to kill the monster that held her captive.

Labyrinth (186): An angsty teen refuses to honour the deal made with a magical king, and then she persuades some of his own subjects to revolt against him.

Finding Nemo (2003): A neurotic male doesn't realize he needs to go to the dentist.

Moana (2016): A daughter disobeys her father and goes on a sailing trip with a musclebound narcissist. 

Jojo Rabbit (2019): A boy abandons his ideals and kicks his best friend through a window after meeting a girl.

John Wick (2014): A father does whatever he can to save his son from an assassin obsessed with killing him.

Monsters Inc (2001): After two friends screw up an assignment, they proceed to smuggle an illegal creature to work and try to ship it out in order to save their jobs.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): A woman breaks into the home of a poor family and proceeds to criticize their furniture and cooking.

Ghostbusters (1984): Three failed college professors start a company where they threaten businesses for money, use their position to coerce dates, and destroy the environment.

Friday the 13th (1980): A bereaved mother copes with the loss of her son by returning to a summer camp where she shows the inexperienced staff how to use the equipment.

Truth or Dare (2018): A group of partying college students continue to try to find ways to break the rules in a game with a long-held tradition. 

The Grudge (2004): A story about people who struggle with moving out of a house with a deep history.

Say Anything (1989): A directionless young man becomes obsessed with a beautiful and smart girl, and when the father disapproves, the young man convinces the daughter to send her dad to jail.

Firestarter (1984): Government officials try to track down a girl that won't stop causing destructive fires.

Toy Story (1995): A jealous cowboy and a delusional spaceman torment a boy at his home because they despise the art he made from his toys.

Avengers: Endgame (2019): A group of trained and professional killers hunt down the man who solved the world's economic, environmental, and food crisis.

Groundhog Day (1993): A man amazes a town by all the incredible skills he learns, but what they don't know is he tried to kill himself several times on that same day.

Back to the Future (1985): An outsider gets in a car accident that almost destroys a family.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): A soldier abandons his post and goes on the run, where he manipulates a poor girl to help him.

The Karate Kid (1984): A brash kid arrives in a new town, then proceeds to steal a guy's girlfriend, but when the guy protests, the new kid aligns with a grizzled war veteran to kelps him beat the guy up.

What are some accurate but misleading descriptions for movies that you can come up with?

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