It’s always fun seeing people at a movie theater dressed as owls and witches. And it’s always exciting seeing a movie well past your bedtime. But something else stuck out in my mind during the midnight showing of Harry Potter 7 last week: one of the previews.
The crowd burst into laughter during a preview when a group of cowboys, led by Harrison Ford, respond to an intergalactic attack. The movie’s title? “Cowboys & Aliens.”
I get it. Aliens sell.
This movie, along with the popular “Monsters vs. Aliens,” follows my new formula: Take any noun and put the words “vs. Aliens” after it, and you’ve got a winning movie.
- “Phone Bills vs. Aliens”: Annoyed by rising technology costs, a group of extra terrestrials come to earth targeting everyone’s worst enemy – the cell phone provider.
- “Teenagers vs. Aliens”: He’s feeling alienated. She’s an alien. How can they hide their secret love when their long-distance relationship stretches over a galaxy?
- “Peanuts vs. Aliens”: A world is headed for destruction as aliens invade, until one scientist discovers the creatures’ weakness – peanut allergies. Skippy, Jif, Reese’s, and Mr. Goodbar come to the rescue, laughing as the aliens go into anaphylactic shock.
- “Oboes vs. Aliens”: When adolescent aliens visit a suburban high school, the band director uses his only weapon – multiple oboes playing together. The aliens’ ears fall off and are blasted back to their home planet.
- “Republicans vs. Aliens”: Can Sarah Palin’s hockey mom superpowers ward off a group of outer space life forms?
Send me some of your own movie titles while I go talk to M. Night Shyamalan.