These Famous Movies Ripped Off Their Stories From Other Films

Words: Josh Rakic
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When a movie becomes a box office hit it’s up to Hollywood and human condition to attempt to replicate it.

There’s a common saying in Thailand’s tourist markets that typically applies to knock-off Converse, Nike gear, and DVD rips - same same but different. But while Thailand knocks off actual movies by filming them in cinemas and reselling them as authentic, these following films are different knock-offs altogether - literally taking their premise and storylines from existing movies and repackaging them as something new. In fairness, when something works, it’s the Hollywood and human condition to attempt to replicate it. And these movies did it the best, taking the best elements of both successful and so-so movies to create box office hits.

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The Hangover feat. Dude Where’s My Car

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It made money at the box office on its small $13 million budget, but 2000’s Dude, Where’s My Car was instantly forgettable - even if it has amassed a niche cult following in the 17 years since its release. In fact, stars Ashton Kutcher, Sean William Scott and Jennifer Garner likely hoped people would forget about it. But two screenwriters saw more potential in the black out > lose something > search for clues > solve the problem 90 minutes later storyline - Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. And they wrote a little film called The Hangover, which replaced the “car” with the “groom”, and the “aliens” with “Mr Chow”. The rest is history.

Road Trip feat. Overnight Delivery

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Todd Phillips directed The Hangover and its sequels, but it was 2000’s Road Trip (featuring Sean William Scott) that Phillips both wrote and directed that made him a name. Like The HangoverRoad Trip’s storyline borrowed significantly from another film - 1998’s Overnight Delivery, which starred a young Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd. Of all the movies, this one’s the most direct rip-off - but also way funnier. College guy and girl have long distance relationship. Guy sends a love tape. It was the wrong tape. He goes off in pursuit of the tape cross-country with the assistance of a third girl. Hijinx ensue. Ends up with the new girl.

Fast & Furious feat. Point Break

In Point Break, an undercover agent infiltrates a group of a extreme sports athletes who double as criminals and attempts to bring them to justice, only to become one of them. In Fast & Furious, an undercover agent infiltrates a group of a extreme sports athletes who double as criminals and attempts to bring them to justice, only to become one of them. Swap the surfers for cars and it’s the same movie.

 
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The Secret life of pets feat. Toy story

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You know Toy Story. We all know Toy Story. It’s the film that put Pixar on the map and has spawned three sequels so far.  It’s the story of the favorite toy, Woody, who’s the leader of the other toys, who all come to life and get up to hijinks when the owners aren’t around. Then when he’s replaced by a new toy, Buzz Lightyear, he comes up with a scheme to get rid of him. Only to get both of them lost, then forced to team up together to get home. Replace toys with “pets” and you have The Secret Life of Pets.

Avatar feat. Dances With Wolves

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A military man volunteers to immerse himself in a native tribe, and eventually bonds with them, falls in love with one of the women, and is accepted as a member of the tribe. Only when all seems to be going well, his old life finds him again and the military want to attack his new tribe and force them off their land. He must choose which side he’s on. That literally describes both Kevin Costner’s 1990 film Dances With Wolves, and James Cameron’s 2009 hit Avatar - only the second has blue aliens and A.I.

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