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27th Jun '16 8:50:37 AM Tacitus
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* In WebVideo/RedLetterMedia's review of ''Film/StarTrek'', Mr. Plinkett described it as TheThemeParkVersion of the franchise, but also considered it a better ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie than the prequel trilogy, and joked that Creator/JJAbrams should have directed those films instead of Creator/GeorgeLucas. [[HilariousInHindsight Hilariously]], a few years later Abrams was picked to direct ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the first of the ''Star Wars'' sequel trilogy.
11th Apr '16 6:15:14 AM Scorpion451
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Compare TakeThat (to mock the referenced work), RecycledInSPACE (where a work is set in a new setting), SerialNumbersFiledOff (where a work cannot use the same setting names, but is suspiciously similar), and SpiritualAdaptation (where audiences consider the work to be nearly the same as a sequel, despite the SerialNumbersFiledOff).

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Compare TakeThat (to mock the referenced work), RecycledInSPACE (where a work is set in a new setting), SerialNumbersFiledOff (where a work cannot use the same setting names, but is suspiciously similar), and SpiritualAdaptation SpiritualSuccessor (where audiences consider the work to be nearly the same as a sequel, despite the SerialNumbersFiledOff).
18th Mar '16 10:23:56 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** Inverted in his review of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', which he compared to Creator/{{Disney}} trying its hand at a Creator/{{DreamWorks|Animation}}-style animated movie, specifically calling it "what [that movie] would look like if [it] didn't suck."

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** Inverted in his review of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', which he compared to Creator/{{Disney}} trying its hand at a Creator/{{DreamWorks|Animation}}-style animated movie, specifically calling it "what [that movie] one of these would look like [[TakeThat if [it] they didn't suck.suck]]."
18th Mar '16 10:22:36 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* {{Moviebob}}, a week after reviewing ''Film/JennifersBody'' (in the appendix to his review of ''Film/{{Surrogates}}''), compared said film to ''Film/GingerSnaps'', which he called the good version of that movie.

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* {{Moviebob}}, a Creator/BobChipman:
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week after reviewing ''Film/JennifersBody'' (in the appendix to his review of ''Film/{{Surrogates}}''), he compared said film to ''Film/GingerSnaps'', which he called the good version of that movie.movie.
** Inverted in his review of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', which he compared to Creator/{{Disney}} trying its hand at a Creator/{{DreamWorks|Animation}}-style animated movie, specifically calling it "what [that movie] would look like if [it] didn't suck."
6th Mar '16 8:38:33 PM dsneybuf
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* LetsPlay/TacoMan calls ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' a more realistic, but also more boring[[note]]Until the jump scares, of course[[/note]], version of ''VideoGame/NightTrap''.
-->At least in ''Night Trap'', they had [[{{Fanservice}} scantily-clad teenage girls]] and [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic that awesome song]].
19th Feb '16 11:59:59 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''ThatIsAll'' has a semi-complimentary variant. John Hodgman writes that he was able to accomplish his goal of getting ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' back on the air (a goal he had stated in his previous book, ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire''), except he had nothing to do with it and the show is now called ''Series/BurnNotice''.

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* ''ThatIsAll'' ''Literature/ThatIsAll'' has a semi-complimentary variant. John Hodgman writes that he was able to accomplish his goal of getting ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' back on the air (a goal he had stated in his previous book, ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire''), except he had nothing to do with it and the show is now called ''Series/BurnNotice''.
19th Feb '16 1:53:46 AM Malco
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** When [[WebVideo/BennettTheSage Sage]] tells him that there are plans for a life-action adaptation of ''StarChaser'', the Critic screams they already made it, it was called ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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** When [[WebVideo/BennettTheSage Sage]] tells him that there are plans for a life-action adaptation of ''StarChaser'', ''StarChaserTheLegendOfOrin'', the Critic screams they already made it, it was called ''Franchise/StarWars''.
5th Feb '16 10:12:18 AM Morgenthaler
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--> I was in fact entertained by the first part of ''Sphere'' the first time I saw it (when it was called either ''Film/TheAbyss'' or ''Film/{{Alien}}''), and I was ''quite highly'' entertained by the second half the first time I saw that (when it was called ''ForbiddenPlanet'' and starred Walter Pigeon). I have to take it as a given that I would have enjoyed the last five minutes of ''Sphere'' along with everyone else who saw it the first time, when it was called ''PrinceOfTides'', but I missed that one.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic stated in his review of ''BarbWire'' that he liked it better when it was called ''{{Casablanca}}''.

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--> I was in fact entertained by the first part of ''Sphere'' the first time I saw it (when it was called either ''Film/TheAbyss'' or ''Film/{{Alien}}''), and I was ''quite highly'' entertained by the second half the first time I saw that (when it was called ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and starred Walter Pigeon). I have to take it as a given that I would have enjoyed the last five minutes of ''Sphere'' along with everyone else who saw it the first time, when it was called ''PrinceOfTides'', but I missed that one.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic stated in his review of ''BarbWire'' ''Film/BarbWire'' that he liked it better when it was called ''{{Casablanca}}''.''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
28th Nov '15 11:15:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** "I liked [[WhatWomenWant this movie]] a lot more he first time they made it, when it starred BillMurray. And was called ''Film/GroundhogDay.''" She then goes on to describe how both use MagicalRealism to create similar plot and character arcs, except that ''WhatWomenWant'' is a lot more shallow and forced.

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** "I liked [[WhatWomenWant [[Film/WhatWomenWant this movie]] a lot more he first time they made it, when it starred BillMurray. And was called ''Film/GroundhogDay.''" She then goes on to describe how both use MagicalRealism to create similar plot and character arcs, except that ''WhatWomenWant'' ''Film/WhatWomenWant'' is a lot more shallow and forced.
14th Nov '15 9:40:10 PM DragonQuestZ
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For Better By A Different Name to be effective, the original work needs to be well-known and admired. The trope is also rare when a work is a blatant FollowTheLeader of another. For one thing, the joke is kind of ruined if the predecessor is obvious. For another, not all clone-work is execrable. Causality is also a confounding variable for Better By A Different Name. It may be that both the original and the supposedly "derivative" work were ''actually'' inspired by some [[OlderThanTheyThink even earlier]] common source.

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For Better By A Different Name to Though rarely this can be effective, the original work needs to be well-known and admired. The trope is a compliment, such as noting that a good films also rare when a work is a blatant FollowTheLeader works as part of another. For one thing, the joke is kind another series of ruined films if the predecessor is obvious. For another, not all clone-work is execrable. Causality is also a confounding variable for Better By A Different Name. It may be that both the original and the supposedly "derivative" work were ''actually'' inspired by some [[OlderThanTheyThink even earlier]] common source.
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** In an inversion for ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', they called the story "the best of the ''Film/XMen'' origins films".

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** In an inversion for For ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', they called the story "the best of the ''Film/XMen'' origins films".
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