Better Than It Sounds / Film A

  • 101 Dalmatians: A couple sets out to rescue their 15 children from a fashion-obsessed woman. By the end of the film, they've adopted 84 more.
  • 12 Monkeys: John McClane acts almost as crazy as Benjamin Button. Monkeys don't really enter into it.
  • 12 Angry Men: A dozen guys sit in a room and argue for an hour and a half.
    • Alternatively: lack of consensus makes people stuck for hours and hours inside a room.
  • 12 Years a Slave: Musician's return home takes longer than expected.
  • 127 Hours: A hiker learns the hard way why you should always leave a note.
  • 1408: Cynical writer can't get out of his hotel room.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: Grey blocks change the course of human evolution, a computer goes nuts, and an astronaut sees lots of colored lights.
    • 2010: The Year We Make Contact: People go restart the computer to see what the hell happened. This causes brutal changes to the Solar System.
      • Or: The rectangles destroy a planet.
  • 2012: Estranged husband tries to bond with his kids, only to find out that he really picked a bad time to do so.
  • 24 Hour Party People: Socially inept news reader sets up record label where the top bands include a band who are accused of being Nazis and whose singer commits suicide, an anorexic man and a group of drug-addled lunatics, including their maracas-wielding dealer. Based on a true story.
  • 25th Hour: A man goes to jail.
  • 28 Days Later: Bicycle courier finds himself on the run from extremely ticked-off urbanites. He meets up with a woman keen on hacking people to death with a machete, a slightly mad taxi driver, and his quiet daughter, who take him on a road trip through the countryside. The four encounter a small group of soldiers living in a country mansion who intend to restart the human race. One of them wears a pink apron.
  • 300: Barely dressed soldiers from an incredibly toxic culture fight with "metro-sexual version of the Devil". (Sort of) based (indirectly) on what might be a true story.
    • 300: Rise of an Empire: The "metrosexual Devil" brings his slutty adoptive sister to his fight with the barely dressed soldiers' neighbours.
  • 30 Days of Night: Some out-of-towners spend a month in an Alaskan town.
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: A man has his first encounter with sex late in his life.
  • 50 First Dates: Remember Adam Sandler? Drew Barrymore doesn't.
    • And how we envy her.
  • (500) Days of Summer: A hopeless romantic falls for a quirky young woman who doesn't believe in true love. Hilarity/heartache ensue.
  • 8 Mile: White man successfully co-opts black culture to impress other whites. Or maybe that's The Jazz Singer
  • : A philandering Jerk Ass of a filmmaker tries to make a film while dealing with a midlife crisis and hallucinating elements from his past. Is not the kind of thing you go around making musicals for.
  • 9: Dolls take on a rogue Mook Maker.
    • Alternately, a "hero" is born...and proceeds to kill the first friendly person he meets. Before it's over, many others are dead, including the pope.
    • A naive but courageous doll saves a post-apocalyptic future by accidentally killing (almost) all his friends.
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes: Burn victim who is supposed to be dead seeks vengeance on those responsible, sometimes via their children.
    • Or: Slowly-dying man comes up with overly elaborate deathtraps for enemies, but sometimes leaves a possible way out.
    • Or: Elusive Poetic Serial Killer takes inspiration from The Bible.
    • Dr. Phibes Rises Again: Semi-undead Vincent Price and Adventurer Archaeologist race to Egypt in order to achieve immortality. The archaeologist's crew keep dying in bizarre and overly-elaborate ways, and it ends with a song from The Wizard of Oz.
  • About Time: Twentysomething uses Time Travel to help out his family and get laid.
  • Admission: Straightlaced college admissions officer falls in love with Paul Rudd and gains a son.
  • Across the Universe: The '60s happen to a group of young people who fall in love, take some drugs, have lots of sex, briefly hate each other, and then reunite as friends in the end. And they express these emotions by singing Beatles songs.
    • Or: Guy who does not legally exist and tends to do the wrong thing with good intentions falls for girl whose brother gets drafted into the surrealist division of the US Army. Oh, and this is really a musical.
  • Adaptation.: Screenwriter tries to turn a book into a screenplay, finds it impossible, so writes a screenplay about that.
  • The Adjustment Bureau: A group of fedora aficionados prevent a politician and a dancer from being happy.
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: An old dude wants to die, but he's forced into finding his friends by a little girl.
  • The Adventures of Ford Fairlane: Chauvinist Fonz-wannabe foils convoluted music industry conspiracy while drinking flaming milkshakes and insulting Al Bundy about his early disco career. Also features Tone Loc occasionally throwing people from rooftops and Freddy Krueger doing the worst British accent in all history.
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Two completely different classic stories, about a crazy driver who must be calmed down, and a schoolteacher that has problems returning home from a party.
  • After The Dark: A philosophy teacher and student play a game with each other. No, not that kind of game.
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: Robot decides to Become a Real Boy, with the help of a teddy bear and sarcastic Fetish Fuel built to resemble Jude Law.
  • Air Force One: The president and his crew have been kidnapped by terrorists. Is he a bad enough dude to save the day?
  • Airheads A band desperately tries to have their demo tape played.
  • Airplane!: Food poisoning leads Shell-Shocked Veteran to pilot a passenger jet.
  • Aladdin: Orphaned Street Urchin falls in love with Rebellious Princess, seduces her with the help of near-omnipotent comedian and a piece of fabric, and defeats the bad guy by trapping him into a device used for lighting.
    • Alternatively: Boy tries to hit on girl with magic. It works.
    • The Return of Jafar: Big Bad comes back to try and take over the kingdom. He is defeated by his fugitive parrot.
      • Alternatively: The only one who can save the world is a belligerent parrot.
    • Aladdin and the King of Thieves: The urchin and the princess are about to get married, when the wedding is crashed by the boy's father and his workmates.
  • Alice in Wonderland: A girl follows a rabbit into a world conceived by drugs.
    • Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: Girl with sleep disorder accidentally takes a wrong turn while fleeing from reality. She then teams up with a neurotic butler, a midget warrior, a crazy cook, and a fashion-conscious contortionist to help an imprisoned pacifist, whose sister has strange taste in interior design.
  • Alien: A stomach cramp gets out of hand (or: inter-species rape).
    • Ship fails to deliver cargo, crew don’t get bonus.
    • Or: Jaws IN SPACE (by the writers own admission) featuring a wasp-like monster.
    • Aliens: An entire colony has stomach cramps (or: inter-species gang rape). The only one who can help them was sleeping for years.
      • An unplanned pregnancy leads to complications.
      • Alternately: A gang that consists primarily of white males travels to a far-away land, where they display an alarming intolerance for the indigenous population.
      • Or: Following a film that was a masterpiece of subtlety and suspense, the sequel throws that all out and turns into an action flick, recycling many scenes from the original, and shoehorns in a Mecha fight at the end. Clearly this was a fanfic masquerading as a movie.
    • Alien³: A dog's stomach cramp gets out of hand.
    • Alien: Resurrection: Woman is brought back to life because of stomach cramps.
    • AVP: Alien vs. Predator: A lot of people get stomach cramps in the Arctic. Three Big Game Hunters have to clean up after them.
    • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem: Big Game Hunter gets stomach cramp, forcing his friends to stop in a small town.
      • They really need to stop forgetting to take the Pepto Bismol.
    • Note that many people feel that the last three (or four) are actually Worse Than It Sounds.
  • All About Eve: A fangirl schemes to take down her idol. It's held the record for most Oscar nominations for 65 years.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: A dog dies twice.
  • Altered States: William Hurt combines sensory deprivation with Mexican mushrooms to experience his own genetic memory, and triggers a transformation into a primitive hominid and later a blob of primordial consciousness.
    • Or, This Is Your Evolutionary History On Drugs.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: A down-on-his-luck songwriter's fortune changes when he takes in a trio of singing rodent siblings, before a Jerkass record producer entices them into record label slavery.
  • Amadeus: An old man is still obsessed with his rival, decades after killing him.
  • Amarcord: A young man fondly recalls his life in a port town in Fascist Italy, which includes scurrilous rumors about his neighbors, his dad getting threatened by the secret police, and a sexual encounter with an obese tobacconist.
  • Amélie: A spaced-out but shy waitress plays matchmaker with her friends, whilst an old man who can never leave his apartment tries to set her up with a weird guy who works in a porn shop.
    • Or: A woman runs around an over-idyllic fantasy Paris in a way that makes social anxiety look merely cute and misunderstood.
  • American Beauty: Dirty old man fantasizes about teenager, smokes pot, dies.
  • An American Carol: Before a rally he planned, a guy's understanding of his country gets altered by two historical figures and The Grim Reaper. He helps stop zombies from trashing a courthouse and helps two Defectors From Decadence save a concert. Anvils are dropped along the way.
  • American Pie: Four guys want sex. Then they realise they don't want sex. Then they all have sex.
    • American Pie 2: The four guys (plus the class' Jerk Jock) decide to reunite during summer break. Then they realise how they want to carry their relationships along. Then all but one has sex.
    • American Wedding: One of the guys proposes to his nymphomaniac girlfriend. Two of his friends (plus the Jock replacing the absent one) help organize the party. Then the jock and the groom disgust the viewers while some sex with the elders is had.
    • American Reunion: The five guys reunite. They realise how their lives didn't go so well. Then they all except that one again have sex.
  • American Psycho: '80s yuppie has serious mental issues.
  • An American Werewolf in London: Two tourists get attacked by a crazy dog. Hilarity/Horror ensues.
  • The Amityville Horror (1979): A family moves into a Haunted House and instead of leaving immediately live there for twenty-eight days for some reason.
  • Anastasia: Orphan girl travels with two con-men to visit her grandmother she doesn't remember.
  • And God Created Woman: Barely legal girl has trouble deciding whether she prefers the douchebag that treats her like crap or his chivalric but naïve younger brother.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: TV sketch retreads on the big screen.
  • Anger Management: The Joker helps a guy feel better by having him beat up a monk.
  • Animal House: Jonny Quest aims to win over his rival's blonde trophy, but is ultimately beaten to the punch by a slovenly, mostly silent Polish-American. A future theme park tour guide tricks Quest into walking into a trap set by hateful neighbors. He and his zoologically affiliated brethren later wreak vengeance on these neighbors and others like them, with the help of thousands of small glass orbs and a carnivorous-looking Batmobile.
  • Another Earth: A science fiction movie that completely ignores its own genre in favor of the story of a girl who mopes miserably after she kills a family in a drunk driving accident.
  • Ant-Man: A washed-up thief with height issues tries to change his ways by stealing things. He does this by talking to bugs.
  • Antz: A neurotic guy accidentally becomes a hero to the working class, discovers a utopia, and thwarts the plans of a Stupid Evil racist, when all he wanted was to get into the pants of a princess.
  • Apocalypse Now: A soldier enters the jungle to kill a superior. It's hard to know which of the two is crazier. Guest starring Morpheus and Han Solo.
  • Apollo 13: A scientific expedition is thwarted by a malfunction. Based on a True Story.
    • A spacecraft doesn't land on the moon.
    • Three guys go on a trip, their ride breaks down so they have to turn around and go home.
  • Are We There Yet?: Man drives woman's kids to Canada hoping to get into her pants.
  • Argo: Some other people pretend to be a filmmakers to go on a trip to Switzerland. Based on a True Story, but only very loosely.
  • The Aristocats: A children's comedy film about an heiress and her children being drugged and abandoned. They later meet a vagabond who hangs out with a jazz band composed of ethnic stereotypes.
  • The Aristocrats: One hundred comedians tell the same deliberately unfunny joke. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Around The Bend: Father and son reconcile while on a road trip to bury the grandfather with the son's son.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace: Little old ladies do community service. One of their nephews disapproves and thinks that they should not be up and about. They have a family reunion.
  • Film/Arthur: Really eccentric billionaire has a choice: Marry a beautiful, eloquent, sophisticated woman, or lose everything. He chooses the latter.
  • The Artist: Guy loses his job because he refuses to talk, while a girl gets fame out of a pencil smudge.
  • The A-Team: An old guy, young guy, crazy guy and black guy find out why they were kicked out of the military.
  • Atonement: Young woman sees something, misunderstands it, and spends rest of her life regretting it.
  • Attack the Block: British teenagers VS black alien gorilla.
    • A multiethnic group of low-income teenagers battles an invasive species.
  • Audition: A Japanese widower looks for love by finding an actress during a movie audition. The woman he chooses is a killer who uses piano wire to cut limbs off, and has a limbless, still living man tied up in a bag at home.
    • Or - Widowed, bogus casting director would like to meet hot babe for tediously prolonged courtship. Turn ons: acupuncture, neurotoxins, rubber-wear and body modification.
  • Austin Powers: A sex addict travels through time to keep his wimpy, awkward brother from destroying the world.
  • Avatar: Crippled Space Marine goes to another planet, becomes furry both literally and figuratively. The planet and most of the life on it are one gigantic brain that might also be God.
  • The Avengers: Overtly narcissistic guy, overtly pompous guy, overtly angry guy, overtly patriotic guy, overtly chilly guy and overtly troubled chick are forced to join together against the pompous guy's brother.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Those people reunite to recover something the brother left behind, and are forced to stay together a while longer once the narcisstic guy's computer gets a nasty virus.

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