Tuesday, January 05, 2010

"One Letter Off" Movies: A Lateral Thinking Exercise

Critical Thinking is the process by which we look for errors and find answers. Whereas Lateral Thinking is the finding of solutions through a creative process. Research tells us that creative thinking can help us be more effective problem solvers.

So, give this fun exercise a try. Change one letter to spin a classic movie into a parody of itself. The possibilities - and chuckles - are infinite. But, please, keep 'em G rated.

Here are some of mine:

The Incredible Sulk
Jurassic Pork
The Lizard of Oz
The Trouble With Hairy
The Dork Knight
Iron Pan
The Beer Hunter
All About Ewe
Planet of the Ales
Public Enema
Boys Don't Fry
Lust in Translation
Silence of the Lamps

Drury, S. (2009). Thinking Inside The Box. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 48 (1), 1-2 DOI: 10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181908c2c


Anonymous said...

children of the porn



sperms of endearment

good night and good f*ck


(hey i kept it clean, sort of).

Anonymous said...

To Watch A Thief (Voyeristic)
Citizen Dane (Hamlet?)
Sigh Society (Teenage Angst)
A Pouch of Evil (Voodo!)
The Third Map (On an Orson Welles kick)
The Fellowship of the Wing (Either about flight or sponsored by KFC)
The Two Rowers

ceus mft, lmft, lcsw, bbs, lpc said...


Xmichra said...

fouL christmases
spider Ban
the Car of the worlds
lord of the Dings

hehehe... very fun :)

Casdok said...

The whining.
Happy new year!

Lisa Marie said...

LOL Silence of the Lamps sent me into a fit of laughter!

StorytellERdoc said...

Great post. Really enjoying your blog and unique perspectives...thank you. The best I could do without coffee this am...

The Hound of Music
The Hindside

Stay warm!

ellesu said...

Just wanted to stop by and say "Hi!" Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday. BTW, loved Gone with the Wine! :)

Barbara aka Layla said...

These are hysterical and so are the ones in the comments!!!!!

Barbara aka Layla said...

Deb, couldn't resist linking to you today and doing this about song titles over at Layla's :)

Perplexio said...

Some of these are more than one letter:

Hatman (a biopic on Harry S. Truman-- from haberdasher to president)
Iran Man (a biopic on Ahmadinejad or possibly the late Ayatollah Khomeni)
The Incredible Sulk (about a bunch of bored teenagers)
Shaving Private Ryan (there's actually a porno out there titled "Shaving Ryan's Privates")
Cleaving Las Vegas (a slasher flick)
It's a Wonderful Knife (yet another slasher flick)
Pimento (a lighthearted indie comedy about a sandwich spread and green olive enthusiast)

phd in yogurtry said...

Public Enema - ha! Excellent! And of the comments, it's a toss up between Shaving Private Ryan and Four Weddings End a Funeral - which bested my Dour Weddings and a Funeral.

The best of my creative thinking:

When Harry Met Wally
Move Actually
Cried Green Tomatoes
Divine Secrets of the Ga-Ga Sisterhood
Germs of Endearment
Monsoon Welding
Bride and Prejudice

Fun exercise! Much creative problem solving to you in 2010, Dr. Deb.

lightfeather said...

I'm going to try this at my next staff meeting! something tells me I will get some creative juices flowing and some really good thinking going on!! Yay!

Anonymous said...

March of the Woolen Soldiers

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Lead

The Solar Express

Young Buns

The Color of Honey

The Heart is a Lonely Punter

The Longest Bard

Don't Rook Now

The Zion King


The Spy Who Moved Me

Nancy said...

Hi Deb! How fun. I am a critical thinker. I always look for errors. Especially while watching movies. My mind is not up for playing right now, but I will do this later. Happy New Year and I hope all is well! BTW, I posted once last year and posted today as well. I am going to try to keep up my blog this year! :)

TerminallyUniq said...

I love 'em! I recently rec'd an email that mentioned the Washington Post (if memory serves) and a contest they hold ... The idea is to change one letter (or remove only one) in any word that can be found in an English dictionary. Then make up your own funny definition for the new word. One of my favorites was "Inoculatte" which the creator of the word said means "to take coffee intravenously when running late." :)