For all the considerable resources that go into marketing Hollywood movies, it would seem that scant attention is paid to checking the grammar and punctuation of film titles. Case in point, the new Star Trek, whose title omits a punctuation mark that not-so-subtly changes the meaning of the words. TIME copy chief Danial Adkison and copy editor Douglas Watson offer their professional judgment on some other suspect movie titles.
Star Trek Into Darkness
“The movie in which a celebrity goes on a long hike in the middle of the night.”
Suggested fix: A colon
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
“Is it really O.K. to ask a question and not put a question mark at the end.”
Suggested fix: A question mark
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Law Abiding Citizen
“Some citizens the law can abide; others it cannot stand.”
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