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Better Than It Sounds: Films
  • Salt: Woman loses her job and her husband after getting in touch with her original contractors.
  • Saludos Amigos: A travelogue of South America with cameos from Donald Duck and Goofy has a Spanish title but is presented in English.
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Extraterrestrials learn the true meaning of giving after one of their kind gets pummeled with toys for attempting to kill a spirit associated with the winter solstice.
  • The Santa Clause: Tim Allen kills a man and is forced to assume his identity.
  • Santa's Slay: Santa is pissed. Why wouldn't he be? He's Jewish!
  • Saving Private Ryan: Pennsylvania teacher leads rescue team.
  • Saw: Fending off depression, a terminally ill craftsman and his puppet mascot pose puzzles to strangers.
  • Say Anything: Slacker tries unusual things to conquer the heart of a golden girl.
  • Scanners: World is rocked by the mind-blowing effects of a tranquilizer prescribed to pregnant women. Got some really dumb sequels.
  • Schindler's List: Rich alcoholic industrialist womanizer engages in human trafficking.
  • Schizopolis: A man writing a speech that no one will give has an affair with his wife but breaks it off when he falls in love with the same woman. Also, the guy who impersonates Dr. Galazkiewicz in the Bud Light commercials has a fat fetish and an incoherent man with offensive genitalia has lots of sex.
  • School of Rock: An unemployed middle-aged man steals the identity of a substitute elementary school teacher, and gives the children an unusual curriculum.
  • School Ties: A Jew goes to school. Trouble ensues.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: An egotistical slacker cheats on his girlfriend and dies.
    • Alternative: Egotistical slacker engages in murder to date delivery girl.
  • Scream (1996): A survival guide about slasher movies.
    • Scream 2: A survival guide about slasher movie sequels.
    • Scream 3: A survival guide about slasher movie trilogies.
    • Scre4m: A survival guide about slasher movie remakes.
  • Seabiscuit: Spider-Man rides a horse.
  • Se7en: Religiously obsessed diarist fabricates convoluted domino-effect murder/suicide.
  • Secret Honor: Richard Nixon, completely alone, talks into a tape-recorder in his study for an hour and a half.
  • The Secret of NIMH: A single mother uses her connections to a shady organization to move her house to a more convenient place.
  • The Secret of Kells: A boy is told to not go in the forest, yet does so anyway.
  • Serenity: A commercial for granola bars causes a schizophrenic ninety pound girl and a Shell-Shocked Senior to topple a government.
  • Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird: Citizens of an acid-tripped one-road town go on country-wide manhunt for a 10-foot tall adolescent who's run away from foster care.
    • Alternatively, overgrown kid runs away from xenophobic foster family, attempts to hitchhike back to his former home, and is kidnapped and imprisoned by con men. Meanwhile, residents of his old neighborhood go on a manhunt and eventually rescue him. Intended for children.
    • Sesame Street: Please Don't Eat the Pictures: Said 10-foot-tall adolescent gets locked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art overnight. While everyone goes on a manhunt for him (again), he tries to help conduct a lost soul to the afterlife.
  • The Seventh Seal: Man plays board game as he travels through his ravaged homeland.
  • Sharktopus: Cliche monster movie with bad acting, horrible CGI and a half-shark half-octopus.
  • Shaun of the Dead: Two slackers discover that the dead have risen and decide to go to the pub.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Man spends years and years damaging public property.
  • Sherlock Holmes: Mildly autistic shut-in matches wits with resurrected peer while attempting to sabotage best friend's engagement.
  • The Shining: A hotel near some of America's most popular ski resorts shuts down for the Winter and is left in the care of a hallucinating drunk and his insane family.
  • Shoot 'em Up: A Brit with a carrot fetish has numerous gunfights with a father of one over a baby.
    • Eighty-six minutes of Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti shooting at each other over a baby.
  • Shooter: Evil industrial-military cabal uses robot gun to frame world's most awesome special forces sniper for the President's murder. In a turn of events that no-one could have predicted (and driven on by the knowledge that the cabal also killed his dog) the sniper uses his awesome abilities to take them all out one by one - illustrating along the way the inherent danger in various forms of domestic cooking gas supply.
  • Short Circuit: A computer geek and his perpetually horny Indian friend try to rescue a peacenik Weapon of Mass Destruction from technophobic security guard for dissection. Friend To All Animals tries to protect said WoMD from both of them.
    • Alternatively, something originally designed to be a marital aid, now equipped with a deadly laser, wanders away from the place it was created and only convinces it's designer to help after it laughs at one of it's designer's jokes.
  • Shrek: A grumpy man and a clingy jackass are sent to rescue a woman due to a zoning dispute.
    • Shrek 2: While said man tries to make his in-laws like him, the metro-sexual son of a fast-food addicted Evil Matriarch tries to steal his wife.
      • Alternatively: A fairy godmother decides to play matchmaker. She must be stopped.
    • Shrek the Third: Grumpy man gets afraid of both fatherhood and a future inheritance. Meanwhile, the metro-sexual tries to kill him... with a stage play.
    • Shrek Forever After: Grumpy man ruins the lives of himself and all his friends because he's dissatisfied with his life.
  • Shutter Island: Conspiracy Theorist wanders around insane asylum during a hurricane; suspects Gandhi of being the mastermind behind the whole thing all along.
  • Sideways: Two guys go on a week-long bachelor party. One has lots of sex, the other one feels sorry for himself.
  • Signs: A disenchanted preacher's faith in God is renewed by a terrifying alien invasion.
  • The Silence of the Lambs: Woman pursues man who wants to be a woman with the help of man who wants to get men inside him.
    • Manhunter/Red Dragon: Video editor develops obsession with William Blake painting, and is pursued by man with liquid personality. Scheming convict ruins the lives of everyone involved.
  • Simon Birch: A rural boy and Catholic classmates befriend a murderous midget.
    • Or: Young Jim Carrey's faith is restored after a midget beats his mother to death with a bat.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Nice job creating an ecological apocalypse, Homer Simpson.
  • Singin' in the Rain: A famous actor must reinvent himself after the surprising discovery that he can't actually act. His girlfriend has a co-worker try to take credit for her work.
  • Sita Sings the Blues: Sita from the Hindu epic The Ramayana singing songs from the jazz singer Annette Hanshaw.
    • Also: A woman copes with her divorce by reading a story from the country her ex eloped to. Then, she turns both things into an animation. Nearly-Public Domain jazz ensues.
  • Sixteen Candles: People forget a girl's birthday.
  • The 6th Day : Man with peculiar accent teams up with man with peculiar accent.
  • The Sixth Sense: A therapist's ghost helps a young boy deal with childhood traumas.
  • Sleeper: Human Popsicle Woody Allen leads far-future rebellion.
  • Sleeping Beauty: A girl touches a cursed needle and falls asleep.
  • Sleuth: Two men hate each other.
  • Sling Blade: A retarded man makes friends with a young boy.
  • Slither: Mal and Miri Fight Alien Zombies.
  • Slumdog Millionaire: In India, Game Shows are Serious Business.
  • Snakes on a Plane: Man is exasperated to breaking point by the annoying presence of numerous reptiles with acted-upon Oedipal complexes on board a flying passenger conveyance with a similarly acted-upon Oedipal complex.
  • Snatch: After a caravan purchase goes wrong, boxing managers end up in a convoluted heist plot with Loads and Loads of Characters dying.
  • Sneakers: A plucky team of professional bank robbers (but actually, They Fight Crime) get into hot water thanks to their ringleader's old college buddy, who happens to be in the business of triggering global recessions.
  • Snowpiercer: Global warming makes Captain America eat babies on a train.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A girl who must escape her Wicked Stepmother hides in a house owned by seven midgets who dig for gems.
  • The Social Network: Slightly misanthropic nerd gets dumped, gets popular, gets rich and gets sued. Based on a True Story.
  • Some Like It Hot: Two members of all-girl band are actually fugitives from the mafia. One of them tries to seduce the lead singer.
  • Something The Lord Made: Alan Rickman and Mos Def cut open babies. Rickman gets all the credit.
  • Son of Rambow: Two English boys in 1982 remake Sylvester Stallone's First Blood with a VCR Cam-corder.
  • The Sound of Music: Family bonds and resists a dictatorship with the aid of musical numbers.
    • Or: A love triangle that pits a former nun against a noblewoman over a man that is also the father of the former nun's charges. One of the charges is dating a Nazi soldier. The former nun teaches the man to loosen up and to love, through the power of sickly sweet noise.
    • Or: A stuffy aristocrat marries a nun Reassigned to Antarctica because she makes his kids dress up in drapes. Later the other nuns wreck a car because they would do anything to get rid of her.
  • Source Code: Quantum Leap as a Video Game. And you're stuck on one frustrating level.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Owing to over-sensitivity about a movie with bad language, an interfering parent starts World War III. Meanwhile, Satan has boyfriend difficulties, and a young boy tries to discover what the clitoris is in order to impress his girlfriend.
  • Soylent Green: In a World destroyed by our refusal to commit mass murder on an unprecedented scale, everyone's a cannibal.
  • Space Cowboys: Guy is asked to fix device based on a design of his, and invites three old buddies for the mission.
  • Space Jam: An athlete gets sucked through a golf hole in order to help Talking Animals play basketball.
  • Spaceballs: Two guys in a Winnebago rescue a Rebellious Princess and her maid. After visiting a midget who is trying to make some money with merchandising, they fight air-stealing aliens who have a bunch of Assholes working for them.
  • Spartacus: A bunch of rebellious slaves impersonate their leader.
  • Species: People are sent to kill hot ingenue who wants to get laid.
  • Speed: Police officer earns enmity of embittered retiree who forces him to use swift-moving public transportation.
    • Or: Woman has to drive bus really fast.
  • Speed Racer: Large companies manipulate the stock market to maximize their return. The impact this has on sport is investigated.
  • Spider-Man: Due to bug bite and money not paid, teenager loses his uncle. This causes him to later fight the father of a friend who dresses very oddly.
    • Spider-Man 2: Crime-fighter forgets abilities due to stress. Meanwhile nuclear physicist is possessed by his creation.
    • Spider-Man 3: Alien turns crime-fighter into aggressive man who does Tony Manero impressions.
      • Or: Alien turns hero into aggressive man, then takes control of Eric Forman.
    • The Amazing Spider-Man: Teenager visits a scientist who worked with his dad, leading him to get a bug bite infection (which turns out to be a good thing) and the scientist to recover from an injury (which turns out to be a bad thing).
  • Spirited Away: A girl rescues her parents from a greedy old woman with an over-sized head by working in a bath house.
  • Splash: Guy hooks up with a childhood crush that comes visiting him.
  • SS Doomtrooper: Jonas Quinn and his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits blow up a factory and kill Hitler's radioactive mutant. ...Actually, that sounds pretty cool.
  • Stand and Deliver: Some minority kids study for a math test.
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Over two hours of staring at model spaceships. New captain investigates mechanical space probe. He lets it absorb him to get rid of it. Meanwhile much Ho Yay is had.
  • Star Wars: This was described in some TV listings which took brevity too far: "A farm-boy seeks his destiny."
    • Two groups of space wizards can't get along and keep minding everyone else's business. The rest of the galaxy goes to absurd lengths to humor them.
    • Episode I: The Phantom Menace: Two warrior monks and a none-too-bright amphibian defend a 14-year-old Queen from a trade embargo by a mysterious, shadowy, troublesome entity.
    • Episode II: Attack of the Clones: Assassination attempt on politician leads to overwrought sexual tension and protracted offensive deployment involving replicated individuals.
    • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: The greatest hero of all time betrays his comrades, murders his wife and conquers all known civilizations, despite his protracted denial. Evil Overlord gets vindication for past grievances.
    • Episode IV: A New Hope: The galaxy's nascent chance of salvation is a boy who farms water in a desert, has inappropriate sexual attraction to his sister, and kills millions through the use of faulty safety regulations and the voices in his head.
    • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: Corrupt government counter-attacks. Boy learns mystical powers from a Muppet with a speech impediment, then gets his hand cut off by his long-lost father.
      • Alternatively: A guy with a sword. His father. They don't get along.
    • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi: Mystical, heroic figures come back after a long absence. The highly advanced villains are defeated by an army of teddy bears with spears.
  • Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning: Feckless spacemen from the future get stuck in the present, rebuild their fleet through Russian manpower. They travel to another dimension and party with some other spacemen.
  • Stargate: Archaeologist shares candy with aliens. Then they rebel against GOD!
  • Starship Troopers: Boy joins the army so he can visit new places, see lots of bugs, and kill them.
  • Steel: Shaquille 'O Neal and friends in a junkyard try to stop Evil Plan of John Bender.
  • The Stepfather: The family life of a man who likes building little houses unravels around him.
    • Stepfather II: A man leaves an asylum, settles down with a new family and must deal with nosy neighbors and other such busybodies.
    • Stepfather III: A man leaves another asylum, has plastic surgery and marries a woman whose handicapped son hates him. Starts screwing around on the side and works in greenhouse using special fertilizer.
  • Still Crazy: Washed-up old rock stars try and pretend they're still big.
  • The Stunt Man: A Vietnam vet on the run from the cops accidentally kills a man, then agrees to become an actor in a cheesy World War I movie. He falls in love, while Peter O'Toole proceeds to screw with his head (and the heads of the audience).
  • Strange Days: Loser who deals in illicit goods has trouble letting go of the past and getting over his ex-girlfriend. An Action Girl limo driver with a crush on him, two corrupt police officers and a psychotic rapist-murderer help him move on.
  • Stranger Than Fiction: A writer starts messing with an IRS agent's life.
  • Straw Dogs: Dustin Hoffman kills the guys who did his roofing.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: A man with bad table manners screams his wife's name and rapes his crazy sister-in-law. It won a lot of Oscars.
  • Streets of Fire: Guy rescues his ex-girlfriend from bikers. Lots of music plays. There's a duel with sledgehammers.
  • Stroczek: The American dream is ruined by a dancing chicken.
  • Sucker Punch: Girl plots escape from mental asylum by fighting monsters in her dreams while dancing.
  • The Sum of All Fears: Man discovers a few politicians who miss the Cold War in an unhealthy way.
  • Sunrise: Man attempts to murder his wife so that he can run off with his mistress, but backs out at the last second. Not only does he suffer no lasting consequences for this, his wife instantly forgives him, and it actually ends up rejuvenates their failing marriage.
  • Sunset Boulevard: Boy meets girl. Girl wants him to write script for her. Boy writes script with other girl instead. Boy dies.
  • Sunshine: Bomb with eight people on board flies into sun. The people begin to die.
    • Alternatively: Eight people want to blow up the biggest landmark known to Man. Guy with really bad sunburn tries to stop them.
  • Super8 Children make a movie, but things get worse. Problems are solved only when a spaceship destroys a water tower.
  • Supergirl Girl embarks on a mission with a deadline. So she enrolls in school and provides Product Placement for Popeye's.
  • Superman: Young man from Kansas goes on a trek to the Arctic after his adoptive father's death. He then disregards his birth father's advice and saves woman from crashing helicopter. Meanwhile, wig-wearing man attempts to make a killing in real estate.
    • Alternately: A young immigrant protects the city he loves from a real estate agent.
    • Or: Man wears underwear outside pants and makes planet Earth spin backwards.
    • Superman II: After romantic get-away with his girlfriend, young man discovers that old acquaintances of his father have arrived in town at the worst possible time for him. This results in another Arctic trek, followed by battle in which a removable plastic seal plays a significant role.
    • Superman III: Man hooks up with his old high-school girlfriend and experiences identity crisis after being given a rock partially made from tar.
    • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Man engages in self-appointed one-man nuclear disarmament program and comes into conflict with another man made from a strand of his hair. A woman demonstrates the ability to breathe in space. For many, exactly as bad as it sounds.
    • Superman Returns: Man returns from extended fact-finding mission to learn his ex-girlfriend is in a relationship with someone else and has a kid. This results in him following her and listening in to her conversations a lot. Meanwhile, an ex-convict plans another unscrupulous real-estate deal.
    • Man of Steel: Young man from Kansas discovers that he's from somewhere else as old acquaintances of his father arrive trying to build a replica of their hometown.
  • Super Mario Bros.: A pair of plumbers visit an alternate dimension and save the world. Based on a hit video game series. For most, as bad as it sounds.
  • Super Size Me: Guy constantly eats same type of food. He gains weight.
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story: The fictionalized story of a famous American musical band, acted out entirely with Barbie dolls.
  • The Swan Princess: Prince goes on a hunting trip while trying to sort out his confused attraction to a girl who regularly turns into a bird. He almost kills her twice. Afterwards, she enthusiastically marries him.
    • The Swan Princess 2: Escape from Castle Mountain/Secret of the Castle: Prince is distracted from romantic activities when an old man who dresses like a clown and rides in a hot air balloon attempts to steal a piece of glass from the prince's castle. His wife turns into a bird again.
    • The Swan Princess 3: Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom/Treasure: Prince's advisor develops an attraction to a Funny Foreigner. National security is threatened when she steals a few pieces of paper and interrupts a festival. His wife turns into a bird again.
    • The Swan Princess Christmas: Prince's holiday celebrations are interrupted by an old enemy. Hanging up wind chimes and singing are the only ways to stop him. The prince's wife turns into a bird again.
    • The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale: Prince adopts a mute girl while squirrels take over the kingdom. His wife finally manages to stop turning into a bird.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Man makes his landlady win clients while losing his own. Features a Love Dodecahedron where some of the parties involved want to kill each other and lots of singing.
    • Or: Willy Wonka exacts revenge on Snape, but to do so he has to kill Borat. Meanwhile, Bellatrix Lestrange sticks weird things into her pie(s).
  • Swimming with Sharks: Insecure Hollywood studio dogsbody resorts to home invasion and paper cuts in protest of unreasonably specific coffee orders.
  • The Sword in the Stone: A kid befriends an old man who turns him into animals.
  • Synecdoche, New York: A director plays God on a soundstage and everybody dies, despite life being worse outside.
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