Are movies with pun titles always awful?
Oscar contender?... Piranha 3DD
The movie: 'Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' (2011)
Any good? See what they did there? It's almost too clever. The creators of this third Alvin And The Chipmunks movie have substituted the 'S' in 'Shipwrecked' with a 'C' via a playful wink and a nudge, thereby changing its meaning. Never mind that Alvin, Simon and Theodore are actually more marooned than they are shipwrecked – who cares when the punnery is this sparkling? The movie's a Titanic-level disaster, obviously – you can tell that the writers came up with the crummy title before they did the plot. Anyway, it sucks in comparison to Part II: 'The Squeakquel'. We hope someone got a raise for that one.
Disaster movies... Chipwrecked and Shanghai Noon
The movie: 'Shanghai Noon' (2000)
Any good? Does this movie actually exist? Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in a martial arts action comedy? It seems more like a parody of a movie than a real film. The pun in the title is not immediately noticeable – it's a play on 'High Noon' (a movie with which it has nothing in common, other than Western leanings) with a nod towards Chan's Eastern heritage. It's without a doubt the best martial arts action comedy Owen Wilson has ever made (definitely better than sequel 'Shanghai Knights') but you shouldn't get too excited about any movie from the director of 'Marmaduke'.
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The movie: 'Austin Powers In... Goldmember' (2002)
Any good? By far the weakest of the Austin Powers movies, at this point Mike Myers had run out of sixties stereotypes to spoof so made the villain a Dutch rollerblading enthusiast who eats his own flaky skin – cuh, there's one in every office, right? For further proof that particular comedic well had run dry, look again at that dreadful title – a barely-there pun on James Bond's 'Goldfinger'. At least 'The Spy Who Shagged Me' raised a giggle – 'Goldmember' is so nonsensical that they had to give the villain a solid gold penis to make it work. For ‘Austin Powers 4’, may we suggest: 'For Your Thighs Only'.