Hilarious In Hindsight / Film

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  • In 12 Monkeys Bruce Willis says "All I see are dead people." Four years later we have The Sixth Sense and its famous line.
  • In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks' characters are the spares paired. They would later play the leads of Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
  • During Chadwick Boseman's Star-Making Role in 42, one of Jackie Robinson's teammates tries to console him by saying that the racist fans in the crowd are "Crackpots still fighting the The Civil War". Boseman's big MCU debut a few years later? Playing the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War.
  • 50 First Dates:
    • "Red Sox Win World Series. Just Kidding." Guess what happened the next season...
    • Also, Drew Barrymore was later in Fever Pitch, which ends in a scene of her celebrating the Red Sox winning the World Series.
  • When Stanley Kubrick made the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, he changed a setting: instead of having Discovery head to Saturn and its moon Iapetus, he moved it to Jupiter and its moon Io. He did it because he couldn't create the special effects to make Saturn. Lo and behold, in 1979, the Voyager probes discovered that the next moon out around Jupiter, Europa, is very icy, and later observations have found it likely has a tidally-heated subsurface ocean of liquid water. Not only did it inspire 2010: The Year We Make Contact, but today Europa is considered more likely to harbor extraterrestrial life than Mars!
    • Also: The page image. Pan Am, in 1968, was all but ubiquitous—it was the international airline for the US, and a cultural icon. Pan Am folded in 1991; its nearest rival for "official airline of the United States", TWA, was bought in all but name by American Airlines in 2001. Obviously, Kubrick had no way of knowing any of this in 1968, and so naturally extended current tendencies in the airline world to space... but that doesn't keep the presence of Pan Am spacecraft from being hilarious Zeerust to modern audiences.
      • Of course, SOMEBODY has the rights to the name and logo; perhaps whatever company runs the commercial shuttle service will buy it for nostalgia/historic appeal.
    • As to the design of Kubrick's space liner...something about a winged orbiter with stubby delta wings with a cockpit of centralized computer displays that can rendezvous with a large space station should be a little familiar. Else, NASA had bigger fans about this movie, or Kubrick's movie was based on those early designs...
  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact was made in 1984 and one of the characters is wearing an off the shoulder Flashdance style sweater. Shirts like this actually came back into fashion in the second half of The Oughts, being ubiquitous in 2010.
  • Memetic Mutation courtesy of 300 makes any usage of "this is madness!" open to this, because of the impending "This! Is! SPARTA!" comeback.
    • In particular, there's the line "Clearly, Madame, genius has turned to madness" in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) (which featured Gerard Butler in the title role). The line is already unintentional hilarity incarnate, but the 300 connection adds a whole new level of hilarity.

  • At the end of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Bud and Lou, having survived Dracula (played by the original screen Dracula, Bela Lugosi), the Wolf Man (played by Lon Chaney, jr, the one and only Wolf Man), and Frankenstein's Monster (played by Glenn Strange, who'd played the Monster in two previous films, after Boris Karloff passed on the project), run into the Invisible Man in the film's closing gag, who is unmistakably voiced by horror film star Vincent Price. But at the time this film was made Price was not known as a horror film star (although he did play the title role in The Invisible Man Returns in 1940). It would not be for another five years before Price did his first real horror movie (House of Wax), and not for another ten years that he began doing them regularly (with Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations beginning in 1958). Today, that closing gag with Abbott & Costello is both a hilarious and touching passing of the torch from one generation of horror film stars to the next.
  • In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Benjamin Walker played the 16th President of the United States. In the Broadway rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, he played the 7th president of the United States. Both of these were deliberately unconventional takes on the lives of those historical figures.
  • Disney's Adventures in Babysitting features a character named Sara, who is a massive fangirl of The Mighty Thor In 2009, Disney would buy Marvel Comics and hence Marvel Studios. Doubly so, given the character of Dawson, who Sara mistakes a Thor, is played by Vincent D'Onofrio, who'd play The Kingpin in Daredevil.
  • A sight gag from Airplane II: The Sequel showed a movie poster featuring a 90-or-so year old man in boxing trunks and gloves with the caption "Rocky XXXVIII" became funnier with the release of the sixth film, Rocky Balboa, a full 30 years after the original Rocky and 16 years after Rocky V.
  • The movie Alaska features a poacher is played by Charlton Heston. He would go on to become president of the NRA from 1998 to 2003.
  • Documentary production company Prometheus Entertainment (established in 1999) is behind the series Ancient Aliens and also a behind-the-scenes documentary about the Alien films. Now, the Alien prequel is named...Prometheus?!
  • In Altered States, in a scene at an airport, the "background noise" voice at the scene's start (56:45) announces "Paging Daniel Craig..."
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Irrfan Khan plays Dr Rajit Ratha, who worked with Peter Parker's father Dr Richard Parker prior to the latter's disappearance. Later the same year, Irrfan Khan would appear in Life of Pi as the adult Pi, who as a teenager was stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named...Richard Parker.
    • The author was going to be played by Tobey Maguire, who portrayed Spider-Man in the Sam Raimi-directed films. He was replaced due to director Lee Ang's concerns that he was too well-known and would be distracting for the audience.
  • In American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, Lester is upset that he has to miss the James Bond marathon on TNT to go support his daughter, a cheerleader at the basketball game. Guess who ended up directing the Bond film Skyfall (and Spectre, the Bond movie after that).
  • In An American Werewolf in London, David runs in public and shouts various obscenities in attempt to get arrested and locked up before the next full moon, one of them being "Prince Charles is a faggot!". Charles would announce his engagement to Diana Spencer a few months after the scene was shot, and the film was released a month after their wedding; to save face, the filmmakers included a congratulatory message to them in the credits.
  • In the 1993 film on AIDS, And the Band Played On, a conference leads to Ken Jenkins asking this question, sure to inspire much inappropriate laughter in those who recognize him as Dr. Kelso on Scrubs:
    Dennis Donahue: When the doctors start acting like businessmen, who do the people turn to for doctors?
  • Three words: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    • From Demolition Man:
      (Context: Huxley has just told Spartan that she did some research at the "Schwarzenegger Presidential Library")
      John Spartan: Stop, he was president?
      Lenina Huxley: Yes! Even though he was not born in this country, his popularity at the time caused the 61st Amendment, which states —
      John Spartan: I don't want to know.
      • The list of convicts in Demolition Man also included one Scott Peterson, about a decade before the real-life murder case.
      • It's also mentioned that Jeffrey Dahmer is held there, even though in real life, he was killed in prison a few years after the film was made.
    • From Last Action Hero:
      Nick: There's lots worse things than movies. There's politicians and wars and forest fires and... and famine and plague and... sickness, pain, warts, politicians—
      Nick: I know I did, they're twice as bad as anything else.
    • Also from Last Action Hero:
      Mayor: This is the Lieutenant Governor!
      Jack Slater: [punches the Lieutenant Governor] When the Governor gets here, call me.
    • The fight scene between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura in the movie version of The Running Man. Tell anyone back then that both men would be elected as US Governors and they would have called you nuts.....heh. Arnold's character even says "I'm not into politics, I'm into survival!". And it gives new meaning to the "running" in the title.
      • Or Predator, or Batman & Robin...
      • Even the T-shirts Minnesotans started wearing after Ventura's election, that claimed "My governor can beat up your governor", became ironically amusing in hindsight when Schwarzenegger won California.
    • This goes all the way back to his second (uncredited) American film appearance. In the 1973 movie adaptation of The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe yells at a cop that he'll go to Ronald Reagan, then-governor. In the very next scene, he walks into a room flanked by two mute strong guys, one of whom would later be the governor. Marlowe, it seems, was really serious about making sure that cop got reported.
  • The film version of Arsenic and Old Lace opens with a scene of a major league baseball game being played on Halloween, something which would have been ludicrous in 1944,note  but has happened several times since the Turn of the Millennium.
  • In the forgotten skiing film Aspen Extreme, one of the main characters mentions that the Detroit Red Wings never win and aren't worth watching. Four years later, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and began their (still going) era of being one of the NHL's more dominating teams.
  • In the 2009 Astro Boy film, Donald Sutherland plays a character called President Stone. Sounds a lot like the name of a certain future Sutherland role, right?
  • In Austin Powers, the title character laments his opponent's poor choice of weapon with the words "Who throws a shoe?! Honestly!" Now, remember what happened to President Bush when he was giving an interview to the press... though he did dodge that shoe.
    • This is even funnier, as an Israeli man got thrown into prison for three years after he threw a shoe at Supreme Court President Judge Dorit Beinish. Even funnier when you think about all the hype both cases got...
    • Though the above mentioned "attack on the U.S. president" could be looked at more as more Harsher in Hindsight.
    • A more subtle instance comes with the main actor in the franchise: Mike Myers plays both Austin and Arch-Enemy Dr. Evil. Dr. Evil is based off the James Bond villain Blofeld, whose original actor, Donald Plesence, played Michael Myers' Arch-Enemy Dr. Loomis in the Halloween films.
  • An Empire magazine article from 2006 on the film that would become Avatar (then named Project 880) included descriptions of seven major characters (from a casting notice that had been leaked online). The magazine included casting suggestions for each of them, and were dead on in predicting Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy.


  • Everyone knows that James Cameron had been writing Avatar since he finished Titanic (1997). The hero's name is Jake Sully. Did you think he counted on another hero named "Sully" rising to prominence shortly before his film finally premiered?
  • Bruce Jenner's character in the (mostly fictional) Village People biopic Cant Stop The Music is little more than masculine Fanservice. In real life, Jenner identifies as female and underwent a highly-publicized sex change in 2015.
  • Captain America (1990): Both Captain America and his arch-enemy, Red Skull are voiced by Kenyuu Horiuchi and Akio Ohtsuka respectively. Years later, they end working alongside, this time voicing the heroes, who happen to be also super-soldiers too.
  • Axel Braun's porn parody of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which was released well before Winter Soldier was in theaters) included the real film's characters such as The Falcon and Agent 13, but also randomly featured other Marvel heroes who had nothing to do with the original movie like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Then a few months later, it came out that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be featured in The Stinger for The Winter Soldier. Looks like Braun had some serious foresight there.
  • In the Japanese dub of the Carrie's 2013 remake, both Keiko Han and Megumi Han voice Margaret and Carrie respectively, who are also mother and daughter respectively both in film and in real life. The hilarious part is Keiko (Margaret) dubbed Carrie in the Japanese dub of the original 1976 film. Even more hilarious is the fact Mrs. Han voiced Lalah Sun. And everyone knows how Lalah and Carrie died in their respective series.
    • The rest of the 2013 remake dub's voice cast are not better: Excluding Miss Desjardin's Japanese VA, the rest of the voice cast has some odd relation with the topic: Hiroki Yasumoto (Billy Nolan) and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Tommy Ross) already worked respectively in some titles dealing with rampaging beings. In this movie, they are now the victims of one. Saori Hayami (Sue Snell) is a bigger one: She previously voiced Yurin L'Ciel who is the victim of another super-powered freak. The difference here is Sue survives the events of the film, compared with Yurin, who dies at the end of her story.
  • In Casino Royale (1967), it was mentioned that the Secret Service keeps installing new instances of James Bond 007 ever so often since the original James Bond 007 (David Niven) quit by renaming and renumbering other agents. Two years later, Sean Connery was replaced as James Bond 007 by George Lazenby (before he returned for another movie). Even later came Roger Moore, yet another return of Connery, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and you might also want to include Daniel Craig on the list.
  • At the end of Cecil B. Demented, Michael Shannon's character has a guy kneeling in front of him, blowing him. Fast forward thirteen years, and now Shannon is playing General Zod in Man of Steel.
  • Charlie Sheen's old movie The Chase has a throwaway line where Sheen's character remarks, "Yeah, the public will adore me. Maybe I'll get my own sitcom."
    • From another angle, the overhyped media coverage of the high-speed chase is how most high-profile real-life chases are covered now. As an added bonus, the film came out just three months before O.J. Simpson's famous white Bronco chase.
  • Stacy Keach played a narcotics officer in the Cheech and Chong films, Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. In 1984, he was arrested in England and served six months in prison for cocaine smuggling.
  • ChildrenOfMen features a scene in which characters discuss tinnitus ("You know that high-pitched ringing sound you hear?") The film also features a suicide pill called Quietus. Not long after, someone released a homeopathic remedy for tinnitus...called Quietus...
  • In Chocolat (2000) when a band of boat-dwelling gypsies arrives in the town, heroine Vianne's feisty, imaginative daughter sees the sight and runs home to tell her mother that "Pirates!" have arrived. Vianne embarks on a romance with one of the gypsies...who's played by Johnny Depp! (For that matter, this wouldn't be Depp's only encounter with chocolate confections...)
  • In Chronicle, Dane DeHaan's character Andrew telekinetically splits a spider apart in an Establishing Character Moment. DeHaan would go on to play Harry Osborne, friend-turned-nemesis of Spider-Man, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • In Disney's Cinderella, one of the heroine's evil stepsisters is named "Anastasia". Fast-forward about fifty years, and Anastasia becomes something of an evil stepsister to the Disney canon princesses, considering she was Don Bluth's answer to them, and Don Bluth used to work for Disney before leaving and establishing himself as a competitor.
    • Even better, both Anastasias are/eventually become redheaded heroines with love interests with humble backgrounds.
  • In Clueless, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is unimpressed by the celebrity guest at a tree planting event: “Oh how fabulous. Getting Marky Mark to take time from his busy pants-dropping schedule to plant trees." Since the film's release in 1995...
    • The supposedly washed-up Mark Wahlberg has become an Oscar-nominated movie star (involving actual pants-dropping in Boogie Nights) while Alicia Silverstone has undergone essentially a whole career arc from nothing, to being the next big thing, to being semi-forgotten. (Although Wahlberg’s music career did indeed end shortly after the film's release.)
    • In The Happening, Wahlberg plays a professor in a world where all plant life is trying to murder people with neurotoxins. Apparently planting trees wasn’t a good move for him.
  • From The Color of Money:
    • Eddie's comments about Vincent (Tom Cruise) being a natural flake are funnier given Cruise's subsequent erratic habits.
    • Similarly, the scene where Vincent is jumping up and down on his hotel bed brings to mind Cruise's couch-jumping bit on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • Before he was famous, Samuel L. Jackson appeared in Coming to America as a robber holding up a restaurant. In his Star-Making Role in Pulp Fiction, his character would stop a robbery at a restaurant.
    • Eddie Murphy's character asks his boss if he saw the New York Giants defeat the Green Bay Packers with a last second field goal on tv the previous night. This ended up being the exact finish to the 2007-08 NFC Championship game played 20 years after the film's release. It's also a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment if you're a Green Bay fan.
    • When King Jaffe Joffer, played by James Earl Jones, arrives in New York City, he's seen wearing a lion skin over his suit. Jones would go on to star as Mufasa in The Lion King, and Madge Sinclair, who plays Queen Aoleon, would again play Jones' queen, Sarabi.
    • A fast food restaurant obviously ripping off McDonald's, barely staying out of legal trouble with the real deal? It was McDowells in the film, and MaDonal in the real world's Kurdistan in the following decade. The founder wanted to bring a real McDonalds to Kurdistan, but was refused a franchise.
  • The 1996 movie Crash came out five years after renowned screenwriter and director Joseph L Mankiewicz likened modern movies' treatment of sex to "two cars hitting each other."
  • The 1990 film Crazy People, starring Dudley Moore, had the premise of someone in advertising being sent to a mental institution because they accidentally let print a set of really "honest" ads, such as saying Volvo's are "boxy, but they're good". Amusingly, most of the ads shown in the film are similar to the tongue-in-cheek advertising around today.

  • In the RiffTrax for Daredevil, Mike riffs "I would become...Batman. At least until some rich clown in Gotham sued me for naming rights". A little later, an "I'm Batman" joke is made. Ben Affleck, who played Daredevil, has been cast as Batman in the Superman-Batman film.
  • Arnold Vosloo played Darkman in the two sequels that followed the original starring Liam Neeson. Darkman was a master of disguise, and later Vosloo would play another famous master of disguise, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
    • Vosloo played the title villain in The Mummy Trilogy. Both Darkman and mummies are traditionally wrapped in bandages.
  • Among those suspected to be the Batman early on in The Dark Knight is Abraham Lincoln. Guess which one of Lincoln's relatives once wore the cowl?
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, towards the climax of the film, Batman tells Blake to "lead an Exodus" of Gotham's civilians out of the city. Two years later, Christian Bale would play Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (the original one) shows doctors wondering how Klaatu can heal so marvelously fast, soon coming to the conclusion that his medical science must be far more advanced than theirs. And then they all light up their cigarettes.
  • Wes Craven's Cursed features a werewolf named Jake.
  • Dead Poets Society:
    • The character Neal Perry is being forced to become a doctor by his father. Neal is played by Robert Sean Leonard, aka Dr. James Wilson from House. Neal's father is played by Kurtwood Smith, who later guest-starred on an episode of House...as a doctor who has a son.
    • Also, 4 years after his character is bullied by his father for wanting to be in a Shakespeare play, Robert Sean Leonard would play the lead (well sorta) in Much Ado About Nothing.
  • The Dead Zone features Martin Sheen as a local politician. At one point, he passionately shouts that he will be the President of the United States one day. He later starred in The West Wing as the President of the United States.
    • On another level, the psychic protagonist predicts he will become a President Evil if allowed to take office, while the President on The West Wing was very much a President Personable.
    • In Machete Kills, Martin Sheen's son Charlie played the President of the United States. Cue "George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush" jokes.
  • In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond (Sean Connery) checks into a hotel using the alias "Mr. Jones".
  • In Die Another Day, Toby Stephens plays the big bad Bond villain Gustav Graves. Several years later, he ends up providing the voice of James Bond himself in a BBC radio adaptation of Ian Fleming's Bond novel Goldfinger.
  • In Die Hard with a Vengeance, Samuel L. Jackson plays someone who is suspicious of White people on the whole, and it's played for laughs. Over a decade later, in Lakeview Terrace, Jackson plays a cop who is just plain racist and is really upset that his new neighbours are a mixed Caucasian and African-American couple.
  • Also related to the third Die Hard film is when Jeremy Irons' character, the villainous Simon Gruber, exclaims "I love this country!" in reference to America. Several years earlier, Jeremy sung the part of Henry Higgins in a concert of My Fair Lady, where he claims "in America they haven't used it (the proper English language) for years".
  • In the 1992 Eddie Murphy film The Distinguished Gentleman, Murphy plays a con man who gets elected to Congress. In his victory speech, he says "We campaigned on the issue. The issue is change. Change for the future!". Gee, why does that sound familiar?
  • Both Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars were released around the same time as eachother. Both based on young adult novels and both starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Playing brother and sister in the former and love interests in the latter. What's more is that Shailene Woodley had been offered the title role in Carrie, which also featured Ansel Elgort - where their characters would have been Just Friends.
  • Towards the end of Dodgeball, Peter the main character starts to doubt himself and runs away before the final game, then gets a lecture on morals and perseverance from . . . Lance Armstrong of all people!
  • In the Doom movie, Karl Urban plays a marine who said "They're Marines, Sam, not poets." Very close to Dr. McCoy's classic I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder. Later, in Star Trek, Urban plays Dr. McCoy.
  • The 1946 drama Dragonwyck has Vincent Price as the sinister Nicholas Van Ryn. At one point he sardonically asks the heroine if she expected to find in his room velvet drapes, pagan idols, and altars to human sacrifice. The movies he appeared in afterwards tended to have elements like those in them regularly. It was like Price had looked into his future...


  • In The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Michelle Pfeiffer's character, Suzy Diamond, smokes a brand of French cigarettes and says, "$3.50 a pack, and I go through 'em like toothpicks."note  As of 2016, American cigarette smokers would kill to get them at $3.50 a pack.note 
  • Face/Off, the movie in which Nicolas Cage and John Travolta exchange identities thanks to plastic surgery, becomes freaking hilarious once you read about more than a century old photos of two dudes who look JUST like them.
    • Then there's this line near the end of the movie:
      Jamie: I'm [[Series/Mythbusters Jamie]]
      Adam: I'm {{Adam}}.
  • Before being cast as Mister Fantastic and the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan starred as best friends in That Awkward Moment. Jordan basically went from being Teller's buddy to his future brother-in-law!
  • In The Movie of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Doctor Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) says, "Even a fucking werewolf deserves legal counsel."
  • Watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off knowing that Jeffrey Jones, the actor who plays Ed Rooney, is a sex offender who took pictures of a 14-year-old boy makes that movie simultaneously more disturbing and more hilarious.
  • In The First Time, Britt Robertson's character makes fun of Nicholas Sparks books. Robertson would later star in the adaptation of Sparks's The Longest Ride.
  • The Flash Gordon film, from 1980, has a scene where BRIAN BLESSED shouts out the phrase "Who wants to live forever?!" in the middle of a rousing soundtrack by Queen.
  • In The Flintstones, Halle Berry plays a character named Sharon Stone. In Catwoman, she fights Sharon Stone (not her character, the actress).
  • Twice in Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise) says something to Forrest (Tom Hanks) regarding the space program. The first is when he insults Forrest's plans by saying "The day you become a shrimp boat captain is the day I become an astronaut!" At the end of the movie, he tells Forrest that his prosthetic legs are made of the same stuff used in the space shuttle. A year later, Hanks and Sinise co-starred as astronauts in Apollo 13, with Sinise playing a character who (initially) planned to fly on the Space Shuttle.
    • Also a Shout-Out to the fact that in the novel Forrest did become an astronaut.
    • One could also argue that Forrest's remark how "He [Lt. Dan] got me invested in some kinda fruit company" is even more hilarious today.
      • An investment worth an estimated $6 billion as of mid-October 2013.
    • One of the historical figures Forrest encounters is Alabama governor George Wallace. A few years later, Gary Sinise starred as Wallace in a TV Bio Pic.
  • Friday the 13th films:
  • In Fritz the Cat a character trying (in vain) to seem racially aware hilariously remarked "Why does a great actor like James Earl Jones always have to play black characters?" Five years later Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, with James Earl Jones portraying the the presumed, and eventually confirmed White guy Darth Vader.
  • While obviously meant to be a satire of news media, Billy Wilder's 1974 remake of The Front Page becomes a lot funnier when you remember that just seven years after the film's release, Carol Burnett sued the National Enquirer for libel.
  • The animated flick Frozen had this happen to it: in the movie, Elsa has the ability to conjure ice and snow. Shortly after the movie came out, a "polar vortex" caused large swaths of the United States and Canada to be blasted with subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall. A lot of fans therefore jokingly blamed the polar vortex on Elsa's powers. That, or telling Mother Nature that when Elsa said "the cold never bothered me anyway," it wasn't supposed to be taken as a challenge. Never mind that it was mostly the United States and eastern Canada where 2014's winter was exceptionally cold, whereas it was nothing out of the ordinary in Elsa's native Norway.
  • In Full Metal Jacket, Sergeant Hartman warns Private Joker, "You had best unfuck yourself or I will unscrew your head and shit down your neck!" Then there's Duke Nukem 3D, when Duke not only says that to an Overlord before killing it, but he also means what he says, and he does it literally, keeping true to his word.

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  • Galaxy Quest:
    • Fred's first comment about the alien ship is, "The floors are so clean!" Fred is played by Tony Shaloub, who went on to play the title character (who has OCD) on Monk.
    • The film shows how the Show Within a Show Star Trek parody achieves its Screen Shake with a hydraulically shifted set. This method would later be used for the production of an actual Star Trek film.
  • In Gangs of New York, Daniel Day-Lewis played Bill the Butcher, a crime lord who is vehemently anti-Lincoln, and is seen throwing a knife at a Lincoln campaign poster on Election Day. Come 2012 and he played the 16th President himself. Also, his character's main rival in that film was played by Liam Neeson, who was previously considered for the role.
  • In Ghostbusters (1984), the doorman says to Peter Venkman, "Someone brought a cougar to a party and it went berserk." When the film was made in 1984, this line was probably not meant to be a joke. But since the late 1990s, the word "cougar" has become slang for older women dating younger men.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Christopher Eccleston's character designed the bunker under the White House. Did you know that as the Doctor he operated the bunker-like office in 10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister's place)?
  • In Girl, Interrupted, Winona Ryder's opening monologue becomes rather funny after Ryder shoplifted US$5,500 of stuff on December 12, 2001.
    Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the '60s. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.
  • In Godzilla (1998), the news announces that "The Warner Bros. and Disney stores have been totally cleared out by looters", as a Take That. The studio producing Godzilla (2014) is Warner Bros.
  • Godzilla (2014):
    • The casting of Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as husband and wife, considering the fact they were also cast as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Especially when you remember Ultimate Marvel.
    • Back in 1985, Warner Bros.'s Pee-wee's Big Adventure featured a brief scene where Pee-wee rides through a film set where Godzilla is fighting King Ghidorah. 29 years later, WB is now making an actual, full Godzilla movie.
    • Speaking of Warner Bros., this isn't the first Godzilla movie they've been involved with, though thankfully they're handling things better than they did last time.
    • The leaked SDCC teaser reveals that one of the monsters Godzilla will fight is a red, multi-limbed, centipede-like creature. The Godzilla Power Hour and Marvel's Godzilla: King of the Monsters! had Godzilla face off against similar-looking monsters.
    • This image making fun of the 1998 film with Snickers' "You're not you when you're hungry" campaign is funnier now that there is an official Snickers commercial made to promote this film.
    • Godzilla's feet are rounder, sauropod-like and with relatively short talons, which is what they were like in Bambi Meets Godzilla.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Stacy jokes about not being "the mayor of Tokyo" in response to Peter Parker's claim that Dr. Connors has turned into the giant lizard monster roaming around New York, in a Shout-Out to Godzilla. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ended up being a direct box office competitor with the old menace of Tokyo himself in May of 2014.
    • In Lilo & Stitch, a scene featured the titular alien Stitch (while in Hawaii) making a scale model of San Francisco then smashing akin to a kaiju rampage. Godzilla would eventually come to both Honolulu and San Francisco in the movie. Additionally, both films feature Elvis' "(You're the) Devil in Disguise".
    • When Godzilla's appearance was more clearly revealed to the Japanese by the Asia trailer, Japanese fans complained that he looked too fat. While this led to the obligatory jokes about him eating too many Snickers' bars (see above), a Fiat commercial released soon after these complaints first popped up implies that it's more because he had been "craving Italian" lately.
    • In the prologue of the film, one of the toys young Ford is shown playing with is a Lego Star Wars Snowspeeder set, from The Empire Strikes Back. Gareth Edwards has been announced as the director of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters! features Raymond Burr as an American journalist sent to Japan to cover the events of the film. His character is named Steve Martin (no relation to the wild and crazy guy).
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991):
    • In a subplot, evil foreigners from the future change history and create King Ghidorah to prevent Japan from economically taking over the world. Around the time the movie came out, the Japanese economy collapsed; almost twenty years later, it has yet to completely recover.
    • When the Futurians go back to a tropical island in 1945, their arrival is witnessed by two soldiers. The officer mistakes them for aliens and tells Private Spielberg next to him that it would be something to tell to his son. This is an obvious Shout-Out to Steven Spielberg, director of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But two years later, Steven Spielberg would direct a movie about dinosaurs wreaking havoc on a tropical island. He really must have liked his father's wacky wartime stories! Better yet, since Legendary Pictures entered a deal with Universal and helped to produce Jurassic World, Godzilla is now a sister franchise to Jurassic Park.
  • In Gold Diggers of 1933 (guess what year it came out), a Broadway producer is trying to talk a talented amateur composer into starring in a show with his (the composer's) girlfriend, a chorus girl. The producer tells the composer, "You could be a famous song-and-dance team, like the Astaires," referring to the popular brother-and-sister act of Fred and Adele Astaire. In that same scene is another chorus girl the producer keeps noticeably snubbing. This chorus girl is played by Ginger Rogers who, by the end of 1933, will become part of an even more famous song-and-dance team...with Fred Astaire.
  • Deliberately played in Good Night, and Good Luck., which used stock footage of a '50s interview with Liberace where he's asked why he remains a bachelor despite being handsome, famous and wealthy. We now know he wasn't just waiting for the right woman.
  • The Goonies. As pointed out by the star himself (Corey Feldman) in the DVD's commentary, the scene where Mouth is telling Rosalita, in Spanish, "Always separate the drugs" fits this trope to a T.
  • This real-life scandal involves a Mrs. Robinson having an affair with a 19-year-old boy, i.e. the premise of The Graduate. And yes, they're aware of the irony.
  • In the Japanese dub of Green Lantern, Yasunori Matsumoto voiced the hero Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Cue Mobile Suit Gundam 00, a series Matsumoto worked previously before the dub of the film, when he voiced Alejandro Corner, who is one of the main villains of the first season, and the fact he pilots a golden mobile armor, the color whose the Green Lantern Corps are weak against it.
  • In Groundhog Day, among the people Phil ends up helping is a young couple who are supposed to be getting married that day. The bride is played by Hynden Walch, who'll later go on to voice Starfire in Teen Titans while the groom is played by Michael Shannon who'll later go to play General Zod in Man of Steel, two superstrong aliens in the DC Universe. Perhaps their wedding is a political alliance between Krypton and Tamaraan?
  • In the 1967 movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Dr. Prentice, a black man engaged to be married to a white woman after meeting her in Hawaii, is asked by the father of his fiancee if he has "given any thought to the problems [his] children are going to have". In the ensuing conversation, he mentions that his wife thinks all their children will grow up to be President, but that he thought it was "optimistic" and would settle for Secretary of State. In 2008 (and again in 2012), the dream of a half-black, half-white U.S. President from Hawaii now doesn't seem like wishful thinking.

  • Hamlet II was actually predated by this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic.
  • Zach Galifianakis attended North Carolina State University, home of the NC State Wolfpack athletic teams. Come The Hangover films, he became part of the Wolfpack.
  • In Happy Gilmore, Adam Sandler is making fun of golfers wearing plaid shorts, remarking "if I were wearing stuff like that, I'd have to kick my OWN ass." Fast forward to 2009, where a close approximation of that look can be seen adorning 20-something hipsters and included in LL Cool J's clothing line.
  • In Harsh Times, Christian Bale snaps when learning his LAPD job offer was refused, snapping at a driver next to him. Since the incident when Bale snapped at a Director of Photography, that incident has become funnier than first intended.
    • Likewise, any scene on the movie where the rant was recorded (Terminator Salvation) where Bale yells at someone turns somewhat funny.
    • Really, this works for any time he ever yells in a movie. The Machinist is full of examples.
  • How about Cedric Diggory's ghost sparkling in the movie of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, after Robert Pattinson placed another famously sparkling character?
  • The premise of the comedy Head of State, namely a younger, relatively inexperienced African-American candidate running for president vs an older war veteran, has become much funnier after the election of biracial President Barack Obama. The candidate in the movie is even subject to a smear campaign including the allegation that "He's half white!"
  • In the rockumentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot a metalhead chick talks about how she would "jump his bones", referring to Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. This was before Halford came out of the closet.
    • Around the time Priest started to break in the U.S., Cheryl Rixon (who had a memorable part in Used Cars) was Penthouse "Pet of the Month", and mentioned them as a favorite band. Not long after, she and Halford were a couple, and promotional material was issued of the two together. Whether they were truly linked or it was just an act, the band's management certainly wasted little time taking advantage.
  • In Barbra Streisand's classic starring roles in Hello, Dolly! and Funny Girl, the overbearing narcissism of her characters is played for laughs. While it's true that Streisand was developing her reputation even then, it's only gotten progressively funnier...
    • From Hello, Dolly!:
      Dolly: I have always been a woman who arranges things
      Like furniture and daffodils and lives.
  • Towards the end of Help! by The Beatles, while at an airport, the Beatles dress up in disguise to avoid the myriad of people chasing them. In what was meant to look comically ridiculous, John Lennon puts on a long beard and granny glasses, the same image that would later define him. In a less iconic image, Ringo's ridiculous disguise is the same exact style of beard he's been sporting since The Beatles Anthology.
  • The film adaptation of The Help stars Emma Stone as Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, the main protagonist, alongside Bryce-Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook, the main antagonist — pitting the new Gwen Stacy against the old Gwen Stacy.
  • Hitler's rant over Steiner in Hitler: The Last Ten Days is impossible to take seriously knowing that thanks to a later film, the same scene will be spoofed so much in the future.
    • During one scene at his birthday party, Hitler (played by Alec Guinness) is handed a cigarette and says "Thank you, Fegelein." He won't be getting along with him so well in the parodies...
  • In Hollywood Shuffle, one of the movie parodies is of Rambo, called "Rambro". Meanwhile, the original Inglorios Bastards (not the Tarantino movie), was in this country edited to make actor Fred Williamson the star, in order to cash in on the Blaxploitation genre, and re-titled G.I. Bro.
  • In the 1991 film Homicide, Joe Mantegna's character moans about how the FBI are bunch of incompetent morons. It's also ironic Joe Mantegna's character would say that, considering that one of his more memorable roles is as Fat Tony (Springfield's premiere mobster and career criminal) on The Simpsons.
  • In Hocus Pocus, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was hung in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2010, Sarah Jessica Parker found out that an ancestor of hers was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
    • Similarly, Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger, a witch, in the Harry Potter films. In 2009, it was discovered that a 16th century ancestor of Watson's was tried and convicted of witchcraft in England.
  • Honeymoon in Vegas, a silly 1992 Romantic Comedy starring Nicolas Cage has one iconic scene: Cage skydiving with the Flying Elvises to save his marriage, and then re-marrying with them in the audience. Ten years later, he actually married Elvis' daughter.
  • In Steven Spielberg's Hook, Robin Williams plays a lawyer who is very irate about not being able to proceed with a land development deal because endangered owls are nesting there. He asks "does anyone miss the Tyrannosaurus Rex?" Spielberg's next film Jurassic Park was indeed about people who missed the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the consequences of bringing it and other dinosaurs back from extinction. Jurassic Park even included a line where they talked about using the technology to create whole flocks of endangered condors. Not only that, but the T-Rex's only human victim in that film was... a lawyer.
    • The inability to "proceed with a land development deal because endangered owls are nesting there" is doubly hilarious after the film release of Hoot.
  • Hot Tub Time Machine:
    • Blaine is a Type 2 Eagle Land Jerk Jock who is always freaking out about how the protagonists are secret Russian spies in their midst. Fast forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where that's exactly what he is (or so it seems). And yes, you did just see that guy from The Daily Show beat the ever-loving shit out of the Winter Soldier.
    • In the scene parodying the Denver Broncos' game-winning drive in an AFC Championship game, Mark Jackson drops a pass due to a squirrel distracting him. In the 2011 National League Division series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, play was temporarily halted because a squirrel ran onto the field. Cardinals fans gave it the nickname "Rally Squirrel" as their team went onto win the World Series that year.
  • Olivia Colman played fictional small-town policewoman Doris Thatcher in 2007 comedy Hot Fuzz and then unrelated Real Life woman Carol Thatcher in 2011 Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady.
  • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Haymitch protests on the make-up they put on Katniss for the propo shoot, point out that she's a teenager but they made her look 35. Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss has made three films with David O. Russell, all in which she plays women older than herself, including American Hustle (mid-30s) and Joy (30s and 40s).
  • At the end of The Hunt for Red October, Sam Neill's character lies dying and says he would have liked to have seen Montana. Come Jurassic Park, he is granted his wish - the first scene with Neill's character is of him at a dinosaur excavation site in Montana. Neill would also go on to act in The Horse Whisperer, mostly set in Montana.


  • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Will Ferrell plays Marshal Willenholly, whose name is a reference to the three main characters in the TV series Land of the Lost. Flash forward to 2009, where it's announced that a movie remake of Land of the Lost is in production — starring Will Ferrell as Rick Marshall.
    • Although the name of the character in JASBSB was because Smith and Ferrell were both Lot L fans, not surprising that Ferrell would end up in the re-make.
  • Tim Matheson appeared in Judas as Pontius Pilate. And he's wearing a toga...
  • Eddie Redmayne's extreme overacting in Jupiter Ascending became even funnier after he won an Academy Award a few weeks later for The Theory of Everything, with many joking that it was really for this film.
  • Jurassic Park: "That's not very scary. More like a six foot turkey!" Years later, fossil evidence confirmed that Velociraptor had feathers, and people complained that it was no longer scary because it looked like, well, a turkey. Its image is not helped by the fact that it was actually considerably smaller than portrayed in the films; in fact, it was about the size of a turkeynote .
    • And several more years later, this happened. Now if only the kid had said "chicken" instead of "turkey"...

  • Chloe Moretz biting someone in the neck in Kick-Ass becomes hilarious now that she play the vampire gal in Let Me In.
  • This one could be either hilarious or Harsher in Hindsight, in 'The Kid' Spencer Breslin utters the line "Let me get this straight, I grow up to be a loser!". Now that Spencer is grown up, no one's heard from him in a while and his career has been eclipsed by his sister, Abigail.
  • Kids: The character played by Chloe Sevigny comments that she hates performing oral sex. Eight years later she controversially performed unsimulated oral sex in The Brown Bunny
  • The film The Kid Stays In the Picture features the anti-drug "Get High on Yourself" show, which Evans hilariously labels "the Woodstock of the 80's", resembling a cheap "We Are the World" vanilla hamfest. Even funnier (or sadder), one of the actresses singing this anti-drug message is Dana Plato.
  • Lucy Liu played O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill, an assassin who is incredibly talented in kung fu and is codenamed "Cottonmouth" after the snake. "Cottonmouth" is translated into Chinese as Hundred-Step-Snake or Bai-Bu-She, which is the term used for "viper". Four years later, that becomes the name of the character she voices in Kung Fu Panda.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • In this movie, Samuel L. Jackson plays an over-the-top Well-Intentioned Extremist Bond-esque villain with plans to reshape the world to his designs, and is opposed by the Kingsmen, a group of top-secret special force dedicated to protecting the world from the shadows. Compare this with his role of Nick Fury in Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he's a level-headed, no-nonsense Genre Savvy leader of SHIELD, a secret peace-keeping organization no different than the Kingsmen, and is archenemies with HYDRA, another group of Well-Intentioned Extremist villains also with plans to reshape the world to their designs.
    • Speaking of Marvel, an episode of Agent Carter that aired just a few days after Kingsman's US release featured the villains using a device with remarkably similar effects to Valentine's SIM cards. They even test it on a large group of civilians.
    • Also, precisely one week after the release of Kingsman, The Order: 1886 came out for PS4, which happens to feature an order of Knights who take their monikers from Arthurian legend and induct new Knights into their Order only when another dies in the line of duty. You even play as one Sir Galahad!
  • Krull: Liam Neeson's character's Final Speech resembles another movie a little too closely. "Promise me you will train the boy. He is the chosen one. He will bring balance. Train him."

  • In The Last Boy Scout, Bruce Willis' character Joe says that all the makeup his daughter wears makes her "look like a goddamn raccoon". Fast-forward to 2006 and in the animated film Over the Hedge, Willis actually provided the voice for a raccoon.
  • When Nick Rice and his boss talk to a shady CIA guy in Law Abiding Citizen to find out more about Clyde Shelton's CIA past, they're told a story of someone the Company wanted to kill, but couldn't seem to take out with airstrikes or anything else. So they talked to Clyde, and he rigged up a self-winding garrote hidden in the target's necktie (he had a thing for nice ties). In 2010, narcoterrorist Mono Jojoy was killed when Columbian intelligence implanted a tracker in his custom bootsnote  after intercepting his order online, and bombed his camp to bits.
  • In Lean on Me, Morgan Freeman's character Joe Clark holds a baseball bat in his hand and proclaims "They used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they can call me Batman!" Freeman would go on to play Batman's gadget guy and technical advisor, Lucius Fox, in The Dark Knight Saga.
  • Leif, a Swedish musical comedy from 1987, ridicules a Swedish arms manufacturer which bribes foreign governments. While the film was recorded, the Bofors Scandal was surfaced.
  • Les Misérables (2012): At the 2011 Oscars, future Fantine Anne Hathaway sang a parody of "On My Own" to playfully curse a certain "Hugh Jackass" (and future Valjean) for bailing out of singing a duet with her. And of course, they did sing together in the 2009 Oscars.
    • When Tangled came out, Amanda Seyfried was commonly cited as the actress who most matched Rapunzel in real life. Seyfried's first song in Les Mis has her with her hair in a plait, singing about how her life's begun and how she's been kept away from the outside world by her single parent.
  • Leslie Nielsen's role in Airplane! has made most of his previous roles much funnier in hindsight. Examples include Nielsen captaining the S.S. Poseidon in The Poseidon Adventure and Project Kill, wherein he plays a rogue, drug-addicted CIA assassin who has a climactic martial arts battle with 2001: A Space Odyssey's Gary Lockwood. Indeed, Airplane was deliberately casting with actors like like Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, etc., to send up their earlier roles in "straight" disaster films.
  • In Lethal Weapon 4, a rabbi presided over Mel Gibson and Rene Russo's characters' "spur of the moment" wedding just as Russo is about to give birth. The idea of a rabbi aiding Mel Gibson of any kind is hilarious now knowing about Gibson's Real Life anti-Semitic feelings.
  • The 1975 comedy flick "Linda Lovelace For President" starred Linda Lovelace as herself embarking on a political career. Later, fellow porn actress Marilyn Chambers twice attempted to embark on a political career by running for vice president (2004 Personal Choice Party, 2008 as a write-in candidate).
  • In the Japanese dub of Little Miss Sunshine, Daisuke Ono voiced Dwayne, whose dream is becoming an Air Force pilot and failing to do so. A few years later, he ends voicing Woolf Enneacle, who is an ace Mobile Suit pilot and he loves to brag about it.
  • In The Living Daylights, Art Malik plays a Mujahideen warrior who helps out James Bond. Several years later in True Lies, he plays a Middle-Eastern extremist about to detonate a nuke on United States soil. The sad/funny part (depending on your point of view) is that his character in True Lies could have in effect been the same one as in The Living Daylights, as the Mujahideen was the genesis of al-Qaeda.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Shaggy and Scooby tear Matthew Lillard a new one for his performance as Shaggy in the 2002 film adaptation. Several years later, Lillard became the official voice of Shaggy, a role he continues to this day.
  • In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Bilbo complains "I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread." In the 2010s, his story, The Hobbit, was stretched into an 8-hour three-movie saga, with many criticising the attempt to drag out a short children's novel into an epic saga by packing in bits from the Tolkien apocrypha, an interspecies love triangle and overlong action sequences.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,
    • One scene involving a conversation between Treebeard and the Hobbits Merry and Pippin. "There was a time when Saruman would walk in my woods. Now he has a mind of metal...". Fast forward to year 2010, when Christopher Lee, Saruman's actor, released his first studio album "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross". Guess what genre it is.
    • This wiki's page for Translation Train Wreck links to a set of poorly translated subtitles for "The Two Towers." Many are very funny on their own, but this onenote  is especially hilarious now.
  • Fans of Lost and Person Of Interest must get a chuckle if they've ever seen The Lost Boys which has one of the main characters named Michael Emerson...
  • In Love Actually, Hugh Grant, the actor known for his boyish face, plays the British Prime Minister. Several years later, David Cameron is PM, with the help of Nick Clegg.

  • The two Major League movies certainly qualify. In them, the crappy Cleveland Indians went from worst to first. Not long after the second one came out, the Indians had gone from perennial doormats to perennial contenders.
    • More to the point, in the first Major League movie, the bitchy owner of the Indians plots to put together a team that's so bad, that she could justify moving them to Miami (which didn't have a Major League Baseball team in real life in 1989). Eight years after Major League was released, the real life Cleveland Indians lost the World Series in seven games to the Florida Marlins.
    • In Major League 2, cash strapped owner Roger Dorn covers the outfield wall in advertisements to try to squeeze every last penny he could out of his team. It was only a couple years later when all Major League stadiums had advertisements all over the walls. Some even more obtrusive than even Roger Dorn could ever have imagined. Though advertising never completely went away from baseball; in the early 20th century, such advertising was commonplace on outfield walls, but by the 1980s, most ads had been limited to the scoreboard and signage on the periphery. It wasn't too long after this movie, however, that corporate advertising in ballparks exploded (in contrast to the local businesses Dorn had to settle for in the movie), with whole seating sections being sponsored, and ads being strategically placed behind home plate (prime TV real estate).
  • In Mallrats, Stan Lee has a scene where he's advising Brody to get back together with his girlfriend, doing so by saying there was this one girl who got away from him when he was younger and his success as a comic writer has done little to ease the pain of losing her. There's something funny about the guy who created Spider-Man saying, "I'd give it all up, just for One More Day with her."
  • Man of Steel:
    • Russell Crowe once had a song called "I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando". Now he's playing Brando's role as Jor-El.
    • There's brief footage of a polar bear, calling to mind producer Jon Peters' rabid insistence that Kevin Smith include a polar bear fight scene in his 90s Superman script.
      • When Tim Burton worked on the script for Superman Lives!, part of the plot involved Lex Luthor and Brainiac merging together. Come Justice League Unlimited...
    • Amy Adams served as a Smallville Monster of the Week back in 2001.
    • The first full trailer debuted with The Hobbit, after the teasers used music from The Lord of the Rings.
    • Henry Cavill was previously cast as Clark in McG's 2004 Superman film, before it was cancelled and became Superman Returns.
    • John Cleese's 2004 comic Superman: True Brit, which shows a world where Superman was raised in England, is kind of funny now that Superman's actor is British.
    • With Superman's battle with the World Engine, producer Jon Peters' technically has a Superman film in which Superman battles a spider-like creature. Kevin Smith points this out in his podcast review of the film.
    • In light of screenwriter David Goyer's comments about Clark's religion, this joke:
    Q: Who is Superman's most religious nemesis?
    A: Lex Lutheran!
  • In The Matrix, Morpheus takes Neo out of the Matrix by covering him in a mercury-like substance (due to the reality-warping abilities of the hackers). Laurence Fishburne, in a different role, would later do the same thing in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
  • In The Maze Runner, Will Poulter's character misses out on getting lost in the wilderness after his death. In The Revenant he's finally included in a trek across the wilderness.
  • In Me, Myself, and Irene, one of Charlie's genius sons says "Man how the hell can they call Pluto a planet? No motherfucking planet has an elliptical orbit. This shit don't make no sense." (All planets have elliptical orbits, just not as markedly elliptical as Pluto's.) Fast forward six years to 2006; after ongoing debates stretching as far back to 1992, Pluto finally got demoted to a dwarf planet.
  • In the WWII pro-Soviet propaganda film, Mission to Moscow, Roosevelt's ambassador to the Soviet Union, Joe Davies, says to Stalin: "I believe that history will remember you as a great builder for the benefit of mankind." In all seriousness.
  • The Alpha Bitch in Mean Girls informs her new best friend (Lindsay Lohan) that she dumped her original best friend because she couldn't afford the stigma of being seen to be friends with a lesbian (the friend was not in fact gay). Four years later and with Samantha Ronson in the picture, the line takes on new meaning.
    • From the same movie, the mean girls are dubbed the Plastics. Come the film's tenth anniversary, and out of heroine Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and the Plastics (Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert) guess whose actress is the only one of the four to have had plastic surgery?
  • Moneyball is a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt about the successful rebuilding of the 2002 Oakland A's baseball team. The following year in 2012, the Oakland A's would be a surprising good team - after years of having a losing record - and make it to the playoffs again.
    • Billy's line about the A's financial situation—"There are rich teams, and there are poor teams...then there's fifty feet of crap...and then there's us"—became disturbingly literal in 2013 when a stadium plumbing backup filled the Oakland locker rooms with raw sewage.
  • In The Muppet Movie, Kermit and Fozzie pick up Gonzo and Camilla. Gonzo states that he's always wanted to move to Bombay, India, to become a movie star. Fozzie retorts "You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star. You go where we're going: Hollywood!". Thirty years later, when the Bollywood film industry is outputting more movies than Hollywood is, Gonzo doesn't look so crazy.
    • Bollywood was well-known as a global movie capital even then, so Gonzo really wasn't all that prophetic.
    • Speaking of The Muppets, in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Rizzo the Rat and friends are working at a Greasy Spoon, decades before Ratatouille. For more fun, that was a Disney / Pixar movie, and Disney now owns the Muppets.
  • In My Fair Lady, Rex Harrison played Professor Henry Higgins, who made a project out of coaching and grooming flower girl Eliza Doolittle to the point where he could pass her off as high society. A few years later, he then played the title role in Doctor Dolittle.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, they riff on the movie This Island Earth. During a scene where Brack communicates via interocitor, Tom sings a fictional theme song that goes, "It's the Brack show, starring me - and Brack! It's the Brack show, and I've got lots of good guests..." Four years later, The Brak Show would come into existence (which was preceded by two specials, both entitled Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak, the second of which was a variety show that - indeed - had guests).

  • Ichirō Nagai (Better known as the voice of Happosai) caused this twice: The first time as voicing Yoda and the second time as voicing Albus Dumbledore. And anyone who watched the Star Wars films, the Harry Potter films and Ranma ½ already known there's a world of difference between Happosai, Yoda and Dumbledore (other than being the mentor figure in the three cases and being a miniature mentor between Yoda and Happosai). This is even more hilarious between Happosai and Dumbledore: The former is an Dirty Old Man who likes beautiful girls and the latter is gay.
  • The Naked Gun series featured O.J. Simpson as an accident-prone detective named Nordberg. While this may count as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment for some, seeing O.J. being fed through the wringers in the movies can be strangely cathartic.
    • An even better O.J. example: Simpson was once considered for the role of the Terminator, but the director changed his mind, on the basis that he wouldn't be convincing enough as a determined killer. Though this might be more "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, depending on one's interpretation...
      • Probably still holds true, the key word being "determined": Ax-Crazy yes, but "determined" requires a certain amount of mental focus that Simpson has yet to exhibit.
    • Yet another O.J. moment occurs in Ruthless People when a dozen police cruisers are slowly following Ken through Los Angeles.
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2 was released in 1991, just after it was discovered that the Hubble Space Telescope's primary mirror was flawed and it was taking fuzzy pictures. In the movie, a picture of the Hubble appears on a "Wall of Failures" next to the Titanic. It's not considered much of a failure anymore...note 
  • In The Nanny Diaries, Scarlett Johansson, dressed in an embarrassing Red White and Blue Colonial Era-style costume for a Fourth Of July party, runs into her crush played by Chris Evans. He teases her, saying "You look very patriotic." Watching this and Captain America: The First Avenger (with Chris Evans as the title character) makes this funnier than it should be.
  • Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville revolved around the campaign of an unseen third-party presidential candidate who had unexpectedly become a serious contender. Throughout the movie he can be heard giving speeches in a thick Southern accent, criticizing the Washington elite. In 1992 a third-party candidate from the South unexpectedly became a serious contender in the presidential race.
    • This was actually Ripped from the Headlines ... from the then relatively recent 1968 election, when third-party ("American Independent") candidate George Wallace was not only a serious contender but actually won several states in ... you guessed it ... the Deep South, which is also where he was from.
  • Zavulon in Night Watch was seen playing a video game with his cellphone. Whatever he did with his phone, his in-game character did with his sword. Looked cool back in 2004. Then came the Wii...

  • In Ocean's Thirteen, which came out in 2007, the fictional owner of the Bellagio declares that he hates another casino owner, whose own hotel is called The Bank. In real life, the Bellagio opened a nightclub called The Bank in 2008.
  • The 1999 Christian film The Omega Code contains a couple of instances within the first 10 minutes:
    • First, Dr. Gillen Lane (the main protagonist) arrives on a talk show to hawk a book on the supposed Bible code. He makes his entrance doing a "raise the roof" gesture and jumps over the couch. Just fast-forward to 2005 and Tom Cruise infamously jumping on a couch during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    • Later he breaks from the interview to get the crowd to briefly chant "change". Sound familiar?
  • The two major villains of the neorealism classic Open City are named Major Bergman and Ingrid. The film's director Roberto Rosselini later married actress Ingrid Bergman. Did she know about this?

  • Pacific Rim:
    • Most likely unintentional, but the fact that the giant bots share the name Jaeger with the main protagonist of Attack on Titan who fights a different kind of giant.
      • Doubly hilarious if you know that Eren actually "pilots" one of those Giants to battle, as Giants are revealed to essentially be organic mecha that grows around the user.
      • Triply so when you find out that the governments were building giant walls to protect them from the Kaiju... which fail miserably.
      • Quadruply so, even; the similarities between Newt and Hanji Zoe, the perky, titan-obsessed mad scientist of that series, are not lost on fandom.
      • In Hong Kong, Kaiju bones are used as part of a building, while Colossal Titans line the inside the walls.
    • The Jaegers also share a name with a MechWarrior mech.
  • The 1998 Version of the The Parent Trap, Dennis Quaid plays a recently divorced father whose kids want him to get back with his wife. Seven years later, Quaid starred in the 2005 remake of Yours Mine And Ours where he plays a widowed Coast Guard with eight kids, who marries a widowed handbag designer (Rene Russo) with 10 kids. But the kids' goal in that film is the total opposite of the twins' goal—They want the parents to split up!.
  • In yet another Mel Gibson example his gangster film Payback was marketed with the tagline "No More Mr Nice Guy".
  • Penguins of Madagascar:
    • Long before this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch narrated a documentary in which he had trouble pronouncing the word "penguin" as he does in this film (he pronounces the word as "pengwing" especially when he has to rattle of lines rapid fire).
    • In the movie, the fate of Dave the Octopus is that he gets trapped inside a snow globe. In Splatoon, the fate of DJ Octavio, also an octopus, is that he gets trapped in a snow globe.
    • An Octopus pretending to be a human? Someone should make a game about that...
  • On the 2004 teen-flick The Perfect Score, Chris Evans leads a six-man group that includes Scarlett Johansson with red hair. Eight years later, we'd get the same movie, only it's now called The Avengers.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Will Turner is voiced in Japanese by Daisuke Hirakawa, whose his most (in)famous role is Makoto Itou, and everyone who watched the films and also School Days will know how both Will and Makoto end in their respective works: Will gets his girl and ends in a nice ship as the captain, with his heart in a box; Makoto doesn't get the girl and he also ends in a NICE BOAT without being the captain of that boat... with only his head inside of it.)
  • In Planet Terror, Muldoon (played by Bruce Willis) mentions that he killed Osama bin Laden with a shot to the chest followed by a bullet to the head. Pretty funny in 2007. It became even more funny in 2011, as that was how bin Laden actually died.
  • Pocahontas:
    • Mel Gibson voices the dashing John Smith, who reconciles two warring races and falls in love with a woman of a different ethnicity - and doesn't blast racial slurs at her.
    • Christian Bale is a mild, meek young soldier who doesn't seem like he would hurl verbal abuse at the Virginia Company's photographer. The Nostalgia Chick gleefully points this out.
  • The President's Analyst, from 1967, has the title character (James Coburn) excitedly talking about his first session with his girlfriend: "You'd think he'd spend all his time worrying about China, or Russia? ...hasn't slept in eight nights worrying about Libya!"
  • If you read the comments from the trailers of Pretty in Pink, you'll find out that the character Iona is compared to Lady Gaga due to her outrageous outfits and hairdos. This comments get even funnier now considering Iona's first lines in the movie: "Applause, applause, applause".
  • Stan Lee made a cameo in The Princess Diaries 2 a few years before Marvel would be bought by Disney.


  • In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy establishes his fear of snakes by saying "There's a big snake in the plane, Jock!"
  • Rambo III features "noble" Afghan freedom fighters helping Rambo fight off Russian enemies, which is obviously an allegory for America funding the early Taliban lead by Osama bin Laden to better fight off Russia's communist ventures in the Middle East. Stallone even dedicated the movie to Bin Laden's cause at the end of the movie, naturally since 9/11 it is no wonder why the third Rambo movie is never aired in America.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window was released in 1954, and featured the character of Stella questioning how the suspected murderer, Thorwald, would've killed his wife. "Of course, the bathtub! It's the only place he could've washed the blood!" Six years later, Hitchcock released his most famous film: Psycho, which is famous for the shower scene.
  • Reign Over Me has a scene where Don Cheadle's character expresses pleasant surprise after reading over an old Captain America comic and seeing that the character has a black partner, The Falcon. Cheadle would of course go on to play the black partner of another famous Marvel superhero.
  • It is rather hard to think of Remember Me without laughing if one recalls the meme Metroid: Other M spawned with those two words.
  • Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Pink suggests that he be called Mr. Purple instead so that he doesn't sound gay. Purple later became heavily associated with gay and lesbian symbols.
  • One of the characters in Return Of The Killer Tomatoes is trying to con women into dating him via a phoney competition offering a date with a movie star. The character is played by future movie star George Clooney.
    • Similarly, one of the other actors in that film, Rick Rockwell, would later become the titular rich man in the reality show Who Wants To Marry a Multi-Millionaire? — which, as it turned out, was as much of a scam as what Clooney's character tries in the film.
  • Rifftrax:
    • In the commentary for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bill Corbett made a joke about Indy being suspect for communist ties. Guess what happened one year later when Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released?
    • In the Rifftrax for Avatar, Bill jokingly compares Pandora and Home Tree to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Disney and Cameron later announced the addition of a Pandora-themed land to that very park.
  • In RoboCop (1987), Murphy drives a modified 1986 Ford Taurus, while the villains steal the notoriously fuel-inefficient "6000 SUX", an obvious Brand X Expy of the Pontiac 6000, made by GM. In 2009, guess which brand went bankrupt, and which one didn't?
    • The guy killed at the beginning of the movie was named Mr. Kinney
  • Roger Ebert film reviews:
    • In his 1976 review of the movie Cannonball, Roger Ebert glibly remarked that "there seems to be some sort of insatiable desire among moviegoers this summer to see high-speed car chases and flaming wreckage. The only things more popular on the nation's screens are the Good Ol' Movies (extensively discussed here in recent weeks) and films of demonic possession. If we can get Burt Reynolds into a Trans-Am with the devil in the back seat, we've got a winner on our hands." One year later, the Burt-Reynolds-in-a-Trans-Am movie Smokey and the Bandit became the second-highest-grossing film of 1977, after Star Wars. If director Hal Needham had thought to incorporate Satan into the movie, maybe it would've been #1. Indeed, the same studio (Universal) also made The Car — about a demonic coupe — in '77, but that flopped!
    • In his original review of Clue, Roger Ebert wrote, "Here's my suggestion: Since this movie is so short anyway (88 minutes), why doesn't the studio abandon the ridiculous multiple-ending scheme and show all three endings at every theater? It would be more fun that way." Thanks to the advent of DVDs, this has since become possible.
      • This was actually done to the movie long before DV Ds were even in existence - when Clue came out on home video and cable, title cards were used to transition from one ending to another; "That's one way it could have happened, but here another way," or something similar to that effect.
    • In his review of Jurassic Park, Roger Ebert ponders how special effects advances have altered storytelling in films: "I have the uneasy feeling that if Spielberg had made Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] today, we would have seen the aliens in the first 10 minutes, and by the halfway mark they'd be attacking Manhattan with death rays." Three years later, Independence Day might not have shown us the aliens themselves that early on, but it wasn't far off the mark as far as substituting effects for substance goes.
  • In Role Models, upon seeing Augy (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in his LAIRE cape for the first time, Ronnie remarks, "What are you supposed to be, a superhero or something?" Mintz-Plasse would go on to play a super in Kick-Ass.
  • Romulus, My Father stars Eric Bana (as Romulus). Few years later, Bana was cast in the 2009 Star Trek film as Nero, a Romulan, like ''from Romulus''.
  • In Runaway Bride, Ike says " You want a man who will lead you down the beach with his hand over your eyes just so you can discover the feel of the sand under your feet." to Maggie, Julia Roberts' character. Fast forward 11 years to Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and what happens? Her character is led down to a beach with him covering her eyes.
  • In RV, Robin Williams tells his son played by a young Josh Hutcherson that he bet him $1000 that he'd grow up to be bigger than him. While Williams was not very tall at 5'7", Hutcherson only reached 5'5".

  • Saturday Night Fever:
    • John Travolta's character, Tony, stops having sex with Annette because she doesn't have a diaphragm and he doesn't want to get her pregnant. (She might have wanted him to get her pregnant.) At the beginning of Look Who's Talking Too, Travolta's character, James, has sex with Mollie while she's wearing her diaphragm. She gets pregnant anyway.
    • Actually, many dancing scenes of the movie may count, as they would seem ridiculous to many people now.
  • The entire scene in Scanners where one of the titular psychics is hooked up to a computer. "Nobody's ever shut down a scanner before."
  • Scrooged have a fake TV special called "Old Fashioned Christmas in the Bayou", very much like all those Swamp Christmas specials we have now.
  • The third act of John Waters' Serial Mom deals with the media hoopla surrounding the title character's trial. The film came out a full year before the O.J. Simpson trial.
  • In Shakespeare in Love, producer Philip Henslowe (played by Geoffrey Rush) becomes increasingly confused as Shakespeare's comedy Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter becomes the tragedy Romeo and Juliet over the course of the movie (without anyone telling Henslowe). His shouts of "Where are the pirates?!" are even funnier now. Bloody pirates.
  • The Scottish football film A Shot at Glory features several real footballers as the players in the teams seen throughout. One of these is Didier Agathe, who played for Raith Rovers when the film was made and appears as a Rangers player in the film. By the time the film was released, he had signed for Rangers' deadly rivals Celtic.
  • In the first Shrek movie, after Fiona realizes Shrek is an ogre, he remarks "You were expecting maybe Prince Charming?" We learn in the second movie that she really was expecting Prince Charming, and her not being rescued by said Prince Charming drives part of the plot.
  • There's a part in Shrek 2 when a poster of "Sir Justin" is seen in Fiona's room who looks like Justin Timberlake. Timberlake played the role of Arthur in the third movie.
  • Mako, who was in Sidekicks, said "And then, the Turtles will dance." Mako would later go on to voice Splinter in the 2007 TMNT movie. This can also be turned into "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, as Splinter was Mako's last role before he died.
  • Mel Gibson's character in Signs has issues swearing to scare off invaders. Pretty funny the first time around, becomes absolutely hysterical after his widely publicized, coarsely worded behavior.
  • The Engulf and Devour logo from Mel Brooks' Silent Movie has a disturbing resemblance to the infamous Goatse image. The movie was made a good twenty years or more before the site was started.
  • From The Singing Cowboy (1936):
    Gene Autry: It's the same old story. The broadcasting companies say there's not enough color in the cowboy orchestra to appeal to the audience any more.
    Smiley Burnette (sidekick): Well, if it's color they want, we can all put on red shirts.
  • In Singles, Matt Dillon's rock singer character gets a review that says he sucks, but his backing band is pretty good. His backing band? The members of soon-to-be-famous Pearl Jam, playing themselves.
  • In the otherwise mediocre 1994 romantic comedy Sleep With Me, Quentin Tarantino's character has an unforgettable monologue (that he wrote himself) where he explains, at length, his theory that the movie Top Gun is actually an extended metaphor for homosexuality. This would be funny enough considering the many gay rumors that have swirled around Tom Cruise over the years, but the clincher of hilarity comes when Tarantino's character Sid insists that Kelly McGillis's character represents heterosexuality. Now consider the fact that McGillis herself came out as a lesbian in 2009.
  • Sleeper, a Woody Allen film, is about a man who is unknowingly cryogenically frozen in the 1970s and wakes up 200 years later. He is quizzed by scientists about the mysterious 20th Century. When they show him a picture of Richard Nixon, they say they've theorized that he was president, but that he did something horrible, as he doesn't show up in the history books, on stamps, money, etc. Woody Allen's character quips that the Secret Service had to count the silverware every time Nixon left the White House. While the film was released at the end of 1973, at the height of the Watergate scandal (as it related to Nixon), it was written and produced before the scandal broke.
    • Though Nixon was already "Tricky Dick," at least in reputation, by the time he was first elected president.
    • While Allen's character is coming to grips with being asleep 200 years, he realizes "Hey, you know, I bought Polaroid at 7; it must be up millions by now!" ...or not.
  • In the 1982 action movie The Soldier, a war game is mentioned involving a simulated attack on Iraqi oil fields by US troops, which predicts that the Iraqis would kick the ass of the attacking US forces. The movie was made after the failed attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages, when faith in US military strength was at an all time low.
    • It was also made before much of the modern US arsenal that went to war in 1991 came into service or was present in significant numbers. Betting that a large, prepared force could take conventional US forces in a ground war at the time was a decent bet.
      • It was also before the Iran-Iraq war had ground the Iraqi military into a bloody pulp. Certainly the US military of 1991 would have been likely to prevail against the Iraqi military at its peak, but the cost in American lives would have been exponentially higher.
      • Actually entirely backwards. The Iraq army before the war with Iran was rather tiny, about 200,000 men. The war was what pushed it's massive growth and military spending and by the time it ended the Iraq army was bloated to well over a million men and stocks of all weapons and equipment were far above pre-war levels even after attrition. It also provided huge numbers of nominally combat tested troops and officers. Indeed a fairly big deal was made of how the Iraqi army was "battle hardened" in the lead up to the war. Without both of those the Iraq army would have been a joke even on paper, but of course the conflict wouldn't have happened anyway as Iraq wouldn't have been looking to weasel out of war debt via the expediency of just invading the people it owed it too.
  • Even though unintentional, Something Awful predicted that a Monsters, Inc. prequel would be made. In one of their Photoshop Phriday contests back in 2004, one of the submissions for "Unlikely Movie Prequels" was a poster for "Monsters, LLP." Nine years later, we are treated with the release of Monsters University.
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Gregory complains about America policing the world.
    • The "censored version" of Asses of Fire is only one minute long because of all the raunchy content. In 2001, the DVD of Freddy Got Fingered has a three-minute "PG" version of the film as a bonus feature.
  • Spaceballs
  • In Spawn, Martin Sheen plays the evil and corrupt CIA Director Jason Wynn. Then Sheen was cast in another comic book film: The Amazing Spider-Man as... Uncle Ben, quite possibly the nicest and kindest comic book character ever.
  • One of Sil's victims in the 1995 movie Species was named John F. Carey. The Democratic Party nominated John F. Kerry for President of the United States in 2004; he didn't quite get to the top office, and his political career to that point was more or less a victim of the Swift Boat movement's disinformation campaign.
  • The plot of Spider-Man 2 can be summed up by the preexisting meme "How Do I Shot Web?".
  • In Spies Like Us, Dan Aykroyd's character responds to a question of his abilities by rattling off a list of things he's skilled in, concluding with "I'm Mr. Hands!"
  • In Frank Miller's version of The Spirit, Officer Morgenstern is frequently told that she will "make detective in no time." Morgenstern was played by Stana Katic, who would later go on to play Detective Kate Beckett in Castle.
  • In Splash, when Madison picks her name by looking at a street sign, Tom Hanks's character declares that "Madison's not a name!" Well, thanks to this very movie, it is now.
  • The Shout-Out to Mad Max in The Sponge Bob Movie Sponge Out Of Water with the denizens of Bikini Bottom transformed into Apunkalypse after the disappearance of Krabby Patty recipe became more hilarious three months later with the release of Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • One of the most remembered aspects of Spy Kids 3D was Elijah Wood's appearance as "The Guy", the Ultimate Gamer 386 of the video game who ends up getting killed less than a minute after he appears. Everyone say it with me: GAME OVER - PRESS R TO TRY AGAIN.
  • In Stand by Me, Wil Wheaton stars as Gordie LaChance. A year later, Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres with Wheaton as Wesley Crusher, and features a character named Geordi LaForge.
  • Star Trek films:
    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture:
    • In Star Trek IV, Scotty attempts to use an early Apple Mac lead to him saying "The keyboard? How quaint!" when advised to use it instead of the mousenote . Dr. Nichols thinks he's unfamiliar with the use of mice and [GUIs], which were cutting-edge at the time. In the modern day, touchscreen-based devices are almost literally rendering keyboards quaint. Life Imitates Art?
    • Star Trek (2009):
      • Kirk's family is quite amusing when you consider the actors' subsequent work: His dad, who died after investigating a lightning storm in space, is now Thor. His mom names him James after her father—in Once Upon a Time, her father James is better known as Prince Charming and played by the same actor as Thor's Fandral the Dashing. So, Fandral's daughter married Thor and they eventually had a kid in space. Finally, Kirk's actor Chris Pine plays Prince Charming in the film adaptation of Into the Woods, making one Prince Charming, aka James, the grandson of another.
      • In Star Trek, Eric Bana plays a time-traveling man who misses his now-dead wife. The Time-Traveler's Wife, starring Eric Bana, was released shortly after.
    • Various scenes in the films have become funnier now that we know George Takei is gay.
      • In Star Trek III, when they bust McCoy out of the jail, Sulu holds a (male) guard up against a wall and seems just a little too close and low...and he seemed to be thrusting a bit...and if one pauses and really looks for it, Sulu's eyes seem to be staring at the guard's crotch. In the same scene, a phaser-packing Uhura orders the transporter beam operator to "get in the closet".
      • In Star Trek IV, Sulu sure does love San Francisco, doesn't he?note  In addition, Takei mentioned in 2006 that he first met his partner Brad Altman "about 20 years ago", i.e., around the time that Star Trek IV was being made.
      • In Star Trek: Generations, Kirk is surprised to learn that Sulu has a daughter—one old enough to be an officer on Enterprise-B. Aside from Takei coming out, William Shatner has admitted the rest of the cast may have a point about him being completely self-absorbed. Whether one attributes Kirk's surprise to his obliviousness about his crew moving on or to his perception of Sulu's sexuality, it's still pretty funny.
  • For Star Wars, three years after A New Hope debuts in theaters, flybys reveal this closeup of Mimas, one of the Moons of Saturn.note 
    • That's No Moon!, that's a... oh, wait, no. You were right, it's a moon. Sorry.
    • "These blast points, too accurate for Sand People. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise." Fair or not, Pop-Cultural Osmosis has given the stormtroopers the opposite reputation, making it difficult to take Obi-Wan's declaration seriously.
    • In 1996, when the Special Editions were in the making, a digitally remastered edition was released on both formats (4:3 and widescreen). A Dutch poster campaign for the videos announced them as "The original version, for the last time". It's as if they knew.
      • The ads were similar to those released in the United States in 1995. The ads there touted: "The Original Star Wars Trilogy on video...One Last Time." And depending on what you think, it was not the last time the originals were released on video if you count the 2006 Limited Edition DVD sets (which were presented in rather dated-looking masters from the early 1990s).
    • Speaking of Dutch, we all know the greatest twist in the saga. Then we find out that Vader happens to be Dutch for "father". Perhaps a complete coincidence, considering George Lucas had probably never heard about the language and, as early drafts hint, likely had the word "invader" in mind for the character's name anyway. But considering Anakin's wife was already pregnant with Luke and Leia and he wanted to save her from dying in childbirth, this would make Sidious dubbing him "Darth Vader" in Revenge of the Sith doubly appropriate, because it's shorthand for "invader" (which would follow Sith naming conventions quite nicely, if the old EU is anything to go by) and another word for father, which the newly-minted Darth Vader would soon become.
    • Han's dismissive statement about Obi-Wan, "Where did you dig up that old fossil?" has gotten funnier on two counts: first, Harrison Ford would go on to play Adventure Archaeologist Indiana Jones, and second, in Episode VII, Ford will be older than Alec Guinness was during the OT.
    • Near the end of Revenge of the Sith, C-3PO remarks as he pilots Padme's ship "that [he] may be getting the hang of this flying." It's a reference to A New Hope, when Threepio said "Oh my, I've forgotten how much I hate space travel!". But then, Disney's Star Tours ride was revamped, and look who now pilots your Starspeeder 1000!
    • Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill did an interview promoting The Empire Strikes Back on the morning show Today back in 1980. At the end of the interview, the host asks if they know which one of them will end up with Princess Leia. Hamill says that they want to keep as many surprises as possible, otherwise it would be like "your sister telling you what you're getting for Christmas". It's not clear if Hamill knew that Luke and Leia were twin siblings at that point, but it's very funny to watch that today nonetheless.
      • In a similar vein, there was a TV special called "The Making of 'Star Wars'", produced just after the original film was made. When the question of who Leia will end up is addressed, Mark Hamill quips, "She's a real chump if she goes with Han."
  • Disney's film Stitch Has A Glitch was advertised with a fake-out trailer warning for Revenge of the Stitch. Guess who owns Star Wars now?
  • The 1992 film A Stranger Among Us has a scene where Melanie Griffith's character sees the male lead, a Hasidic Jew and Kabbala student, listening to headphones and asks "Madonna?".
  • The Farelly Brothers comedy Stuck On You, starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as a pair on conjoined twins, becomes even funnier after Green Zone, where Damon plays a soldier who is pitted against Kinnear's unethical bureaucrat.
  • Superhero Movie, which parodies the Spider-Man Trilogy has two.
  • A 1991 draft of the script for the Super Mario Bros. movie had Mario accidentally hatching a baby dinosaur, named Mario Jr., who mistakes Mario for his mother. A couple of months later, the Super Mario World episode "Mama Luigi", in which Luigi finds a baby Yoshi who mistakes him for his mother, aired. This is perhaps made even funnier by the fact that "Mama Luigi" is now an Internet meme.
  • Surf Ninjas was about two princes growing up as surfers. Prince William, second in line to the throne of the United Kingdom, is a surfer. That and the binoculars and eyepatch gag are probably the two truly funny things from that movie.

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is about a NASCAR driver who loses his ride and sponsorship due to costly on-track activities and ends up returning with an underfunded independent team. It becomes Hilarious in Hindsight after Kurt Busch was fired from the powerhouse Penske Racing in 2011 for outbursts and ended up starting the 2012 season with underfunded Phoenix Racing.
  • In Team America: World Police, directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the main character is named Gary Johnston. In 2012, the Libertarian Party candidate for President was named Gary Johnson. To make this reference even funnier, Parker and Stone are avowed Libertarians.
  • In Ted 2, Bobby Moynihan is seen portraying Ted in an in-universe Saturday Night Live sketch. This wouldn't be the last time he would play a bear.
  • More of an in-film thing, but one of Zoe Saldana's early roles was as a TSA agent in The Terminal. Who happened to be a die-hard Trekkie. Five years later, she lands the role of Lt. Uhura.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Michelangelo exclaims upon first seeing April O'Neil on TV "She's a fox!" In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 24 years later, April O'Neil is played by none other than Megan Fox.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
    • In hindsight, the backdraft for the whole "the Turtles is aliens" twist after the recent cartoon (also produced by Nickelodeon) revealed that April is essentially an alien in that series.
    • To a lesser and more meta extent is the fact that the turtles look very similiar to popular "realistic fanart". Another meta example is that the trailers have somehow caused people to ship Raph and April again.
    • A meta example comes in the supposed 99-Cheese Pizza Splinter temps Mikey with. Despite Donny's that such a pizza is a 'Culinary Impossibility', a famous pizza maker pulled it off.
    • "Ooh, look, he's doing his Batman voice." becomes funny when it was announced that the Ninja Turtles will have a crossover with Batman in the Fall of 2015. Adding to this is that Vernon's actor, Will Arnett, previously voiced Batman in The LEGO Movie.
  • In 1982's The Thing (1982), Keith David's Dr. Childs claimed he "didn't believe [in] voodoo bullshit". Come 2009, he's turned to conjuring voodoo bullshit.
  • In The Incredible Hulk Returns, Thor is introduced as a being entirely separate from Donald Blake, who in the comics was his Alter Ego. Flash forward a few decades to Marvel's Thor where a Donald Blake exists entirely separate from Thor, although he is only mentioned several times as a Mythology Gag and never shown onscreen.
  • Another Thor example: Director Kenneth Branagh is also a noted Shakespearean and has said he based some aspects of Thor on Henry IV. Fast forward a year later, when The Hollow Crown, an adaptation of three of Shakespeare's histories including Henry IV, comes out...and it's Loki playing Prince Hal.
  • At one point during the car chase scene in THX 1138 a voice can be heard over a police radio saying "I think I ran over a Wookiee back there" - Terry McGovern was improvising and made up that term on the spot, and of course this inspired the name of the creatures in George Lucas' next movie, Star Wars. Hearing the line now, it's hard not to get the mental image of poor Chewbacca getting hit by a police car.
  • Tin Cup. Rory McIlroy, a Real Life golfer who comes out of nowhere to win Opens makes it even funnier to follow the adventures of the fictional Roy McAvoy.
  • In the late 90s, Leslie Nielsen was attached to star in a Titanic spoof called Titanic Too: It Missed the Iceberg, which would have been set in the present-day and centered around the maiden voyage of a replica version of the Titanic, but the project ultimately fell through after being unable to secure funding. In 2010, The Asylum produced the No Budget flick Titanic II, which had the exact same storyline except done in complete seriousness. And then two years after that, a plan to make a real-life Titanic II was announced...
  • In Tomorrow Never Dies, Elliot Carver discusses starting a Presidential sex scandal - shortly before Bill Clinton's own "Fornigate". Even before any scandals broke Clinton had a reputation as a womanizer, and a sex scandal was assumed to be political death for any sitting president.
  • A Trip to the Moon is funny enough in its own right. But its image of a bullet-shaped rocket is oddly prophetic, given all the shapes a rocket could be. Firing a satellite into space using a giant cannon is also something that has been and is still being seriously considered in certain circles, though doing so to a manned spacecraft would be unfeasible.
  • The main character in the original Troll film is named Harry Potter Jr.
  • Tropic Thunder:
    • Robert Downey Jr.'s character cautions against "going full-retard": playing a mentally challenged character who doesn't have special abilities because of it, and so turns off the Oscar voters you're trying to win over (he was nominated for an Oscar for his role). Robert Downey Jr.'s next film was The Soloist, which featured his character befriending a man with mental problems played by Jamie Foxx (he wasn't nominated for an Oscar despite portraying a Real Life mentally challenged yet ridiculously gifted person).
    • Some people in France should have paid more attention to Tropic Thunder. Less than two years after it was released, they hired the very white Gerad Depardieu to play the lead role in a biopic on Alexandre Dumas (whose grandfather was African, and who, when he was alive, was known as Le Negre) in makeup and a curly wig. Outrage ensued.
    • Robert Downey, Jr., plays a character who seems to be a parody of Heath Ledger. The following year he was nominated for an Oscar and lost. Guess who won.
  • In True Lies, Ahnuld's character, in the name of Obfuscating Stupidity, calls a nuclear warhead a "sno-cone maker". Hang on a minute, this reminds us of a later Ahnold role, in which his character's gimmick is snow, ice and bad puns.
    • Taking it Up to Eleven, the character delivers the infamous one-liner "You're fired" to the villain before killing him. Two decades later, he was selected as the replacement host for Donald Trump in The Apprentice, a series known for using that one-liner.
    • In Last Action Hero, after Slater has come to the real world, he commandeers a car by punching through the window first, then lampshades the Soft Glass trope by pointing out that it really hurt. Arnold's next movie was True Lies, and while filming one scene in which he punches out a car window angrily while talking to Tom Arnold's character, he accidentally punched the wrong window... one that was real glass. Tom Arnold's shocked reaction, we imagine, isn't all fake.
    • The Femme Fatale of True Lies is Juno Skinner as played by Tia Carrere, an antiquities dealer who has attracted the scorn and ire of archaeologists for profiteering off priceless artifacts of great historical value. Carrere would go on to portray the Adventurer Archaeologist Sydney Fox in the TV show Relic Hunter.
  • Once upon a time, the premise of The Truman Show and Ed TV were considered fictional. These days, we know them as "webcams" and "reality TV."
  • In the 1985 film Tuff Turf, James Spader's character walks out of a bar in which Robert Downey, Jr.'s character has been playing. Outside the bar, the words "The New Avengers " are visible in graffiti on the wall. Fast forward thirty years, and Spader is playing Ultron (with Downey, Jr. returning as Iron Man) in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • And of course there was Less Than Zero, where Spader played the abusive drug dealer that Downey, Jr. was indebted to.
  • Twilight: In the Japanese dub of the movie, Takahiro Sakurai voiced the vampire hero Edward Cullen. This is even funnier if you already know that Sakurai voiced in the Japanese version of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin for Nintendo DS the main hero Jonathan Morris, a Vampire Hunter.

  • In Undercover Brother (2002), Lance (Neil Patrick Harris) has his Berserk Button pressed when a guard calls him a sissy, leading him to say "I am not a SISSY!" In November 2006, Neil Patrick Harris publicly came out as gay. For those not in the know, "sissy" was originally a slur against gay people.
  • United Passions, a hagiography of the FIFA and its leaders, turned out to be this due to its release timing coinciding with a major corruption scandal. The claim in the trailer that Sepp Blatter is "very good at finding money" took on a whole new meaning. The movie was not well received.
  • U.S. Marshals, where Wesley Snipes is wrongfully accused, becomes slightly silly now that Snipes has been convicted of numerous crimes.
    • Really most of his movies outside maybe the Blade series falls under this, since he's usually typecast as a cop or other authority figure.

  • In Valentine's Day, the character Sean Jackson, is a football player who becomes the first male major sports athlete to come out as gay as he enters free agency. In 2013, basketball player Jason Collins became the real first male major sports athlete to come out, also as he entered free agency.

  • Wag The Dog, about creating a (fictional) war with Albania to cover up a presidential sex scandal, was released less than a month before the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and subsequent attacks against Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia, which is directly to the north of Albania.
  • In Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story, there's a scene where Dewey Cox's song of the same name (which is a spoof of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line", to go with the early portions of the film spoofing the Cash biopic Walk The Line) gets sampled in a hit rap song in a very clumsy, incongruous way. A couple of years later, Snoop Dogg would do a remix of "I Walk The Line" itself, which amounted to a Snoop Dogg song with very awkwardly incorporated Johnny Cash samples.
  • Oliver Stone's Wall Street strangely presages Charlie Sheen's real-life descent into cocaine-fueled, manic self-absorption. Possibly doubles as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment depending on your point of view.
  • Chris Pratt had a small but memorable role in Wanted, where James McAvoy beat him across the face with a keyboard. Years later, both men would become Marvel superheroes. McAvoy went on to play Professor X in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, while Pratt went on to play Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • In Water for Elephants, Robert Pattinson plays a character named "Jacob". This also happens to be the name of the romantic rival to Pattinson's character in a popular film series, also based on books.
  • A scene in Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally... shows Harry reading Misery. A year later, the novel's film adaptation was released, also directed by Reiner.
  • The 1954 Bing Crosby film White Christmas has a line about it being "impossible to find a Democrat in Vermont". Back in the 40's-late 50's, Vermont was very Republican, to the point where it was one of only two states (the other being Maine) that Franklin D. Roosevelt never won in his four presidential elections. Sixty years later, it's the only state George W. Bush never visited as President, probably out of fear for his life.
    • Vermont is very pro-gun for a "blue" state, however.
  • From the 1990 Clint Eastwood directed/produced White Hunter, Black Heart: (The clip was actually used in full for the montage that was made for his "Lifetime Achiements Awards")
    John Wilson (As John Huston expy): Oh Bill! I'll die broke in a downtown Los Angeles flop house; And I won't be bitter! I'll have contributed maybe five-ten damn good pictures. They'll name a Special Academy Award after me. And you know something? All the wrong Guys will get it. And I will be in Hell laughing my ass off!
  • In Without Warning (1980), Kevin Peter Hall plays an alien that has come to Earth to hunt humans. He would later play a similar role as the eponymous creature in Predator.
  • Overlaps with Totally Radical in The Wizard; "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad." Those of a certain age who remember that in circa-1990 youth slang, bad meant good will understand the intended meaning... It's even more hilarious now that the Wii has come out and been everything the Power Glove is not.
  • In the original 1941 film The Wolf Man (1941), Sir Talbot (Claude Rains) makes an offhand remark about destiny and the werewolf legend. Lon Chaney's character, recalling something the old gypsy woman told him earlier, replies in all sincerity, "That's What She Said."
  • World War Z had Peter Capaldi as a W.H.O. Doctor. Fast forward a few months, and it's announced that Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor.
  • Wreck-It Ralph isn't the only video game character that wants to be the hero.
    • Seeing RoadBlasters in an arcade can turn into this, after having seen the scene of Turbo crashing a RoadBlasters cabinet.
    • The Sugar Rush portion seems to be representing a candy-filled knockoff to Mario Kart. Fast forward to 2014, and Mario Kart 8 has a track called Sweet Sweet Canyon that definitely seems to be inspired off of Sugar Rush.
    • Ralph spies on a party in his home game and sees Pac-Man causing him to exclaim, "They invited Pac-Man?" fast Forward to 2014, and Pac-Man was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 4

  • According to The X-Files: Fight the Future, one of the Government Conspiracy's most powerful weapons is FEMA. After the New Orleans debacle...um...no.
    • The video game Deus Ex also made use of FEMA in this manner, claiming it had the power to 'suspend the Constitution in case of an emergency' thus allowing the conspiracy to take over. They probably lifted it directly from the X-Files film, since a member of the conspiracy uses literally that exact line. In reality, FEMA has no such powers whatsoever outside of the imaginings of conspiracy theorists.
  • X-Men:
    • The '90s X-Men animated series had a significant amount of Ho Yay elements between Magneto and Professor X, particularly in the series finale - well before they cast Sir Ian McKellen (who is openly homosexual) as Magneto in the movies. Also, Patrick Stewart, who played Xavier, once played a homosexual man in the film Jeffrey.
    • X-Men:
      • Dr. Jean Grey tells Professor X that Logan's healing ability "makes his age impossible to determine. He could very well be older than you, Professor." She doesn't realize how true this is because both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class have established that Wolverine is about a century older than Xavier! (James Howlett was born in the early 1830s while Charles' birth year is the early 1930s.)
      • Rogue (played by Anna Paquin) is unable to have prolonged physical contact with anyone as she sucks out their life-force like a vampire. In True Blood, the actress' character deals with actual vampires, and it seems that all Sookie ever does is have prolonged physical contact.
      • At the end of the movie, Wolverine tells Rogue "I have some business to take care of up north." The RiffTrax notes that he's gone to help Santa Claus. In Rise of the Guardians, Hugh Jackman did end up helping Santa Claus, as the voice of the Easter Bunny.
      • Kitty and Bobby's relationship being a Not What It Looks Like situation for him and Rogue in X-Men: The Last Stand. Takes on a slightly new light now that Ellen Page is open about being a lesbian. Rogue really did have nothing to worry about.
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine:
      • Real world instance: Fans had been clamoring for Gambit to appear in X-Men films since the first one. The public response from the directors and writers was "If we include him, we want to make him integral to the story. We're not going to just throw him in there because he's popular." Come this film, Gambit is in, fulfilling a minor role which could be handled by any character. It really seems like the studio executives just thought, "Who's a popular character we haven't used yet?"
      • Also, the video game ends with Wolverine in a future with Sentinels. What happens in the end of The Wolverine?
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • When Hank McCoy is outed as a mutant in 1962, he bluntly states, "You didn't ask, so I didn't tell." The funny bit is that when the screenplay was written, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was still in effect. As of June 2011, it's not.
      • Considering that Xavier can easily use Magneto as a marionette as long as the latter doesn't wear the telepathy-blocking helmet in X-Men: Days of Future Past, his words of encouragement in First Class ("When you can access all of that, you will possess a power no one can match. Not even me") now sounds rather hollow. It comes off as a little white lie that he made up on the spot in order to try to help Erik achieve the correct point between rage and serenity. In their natural state, Charles' ability is stronger than Erik's, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
      • Jennifer Lawrence plays a younger version of Rebecca Romijn. Lawrence later admitted to "stalking" Romijn's ex-husband John Stamos at a party.
      • After Darwin dies, Erik suggests they avenge him. Guess what came out the following year?
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • The parents of Bobby Drake were horrified in X2: X-Men United when they thought that Wolverine was a teacher at the mansion (which was just Wolverine's convenient excuse at the time). Now, he is a teacher, for real. And who says that Bobby was not one of his students?
      • The reaction to Quicksilver, in a manner largely unrelated to the issues with his upcoming appearance in the Avengers sequel; many took exception to what appeared to be terrible visuals for the character when some of the still photos and character shoot images were revealed, and stated that they would wait for Whedon's sequel for a 'true' take on the character. Cut to the film's release, and it looks like Whedon actually has a pretty high benchmark to meet, given Singer's Quicksilver has been pretty much entirely embraced by the audience.
      • A Deus ex Machina allows Patrick Stewart's Professor X to act as Spirit Advisor to James McAvoy's young Charles Xavier, which is precisely what happened when both actors were in Gnomeo and Juliet!
      • It's implied in a later scene that Hank is a Trekkie, so calling Peter's power "fascinating" was his attempt to emulate Spock, who is presumably his favourite character on Star Trek: The Original Series.
      • Warpath Dual Wielding daggers against the giant Sentinels, with a boost from Blink, and goes for the neck.
      • Chinese actress Fan Bingbing had a small cameo in the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3, and then went on to play the heroine Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past the following year.


  • Pick any scene with Kristen Stewart in Zathura. It's about a zillion times funnier after Twilight. Especially when she sniffs her hair, and when she says that the astronaut obviously feels very protective of her.
    • This poster nails it.
    • In the beginning of the film, one of the brothers changes the channel from a sports game to SpongeBob SquarePants. In the Parenthood episode "Solace", the TV changes to Spongebob during the middle of a sporting event some of the characters were watching.
  • In Zombieland, Jesse Eisenberg's character mentions that the best thing about the zombie apocalypse is that there are "no Facebook status updates." The year after the film was released, Eisenberg played the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, in The Social Network.
    • Between The Social Network and Continuity Reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, Eduardo Saverin/Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) created an internet sensation with Colombus and hooked up with Wichita.
    • With Hostess going out of business and people actually quickly buying up remaining supplies of their various snacks, Twinkies included, Tallahassee's quest to find one last Twinkie "before they expire" is very much this (it also may count as Harsher in Hindsight to anyone who enjoyed Hostess snacks).
    • When Andrew Garfield took on the role of Spider-Man, much was made of him being a British actor. He's actually played a New Yorker before, in the Doctor Who episodes "Daleks of Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks".
    • Garfield has also said that if Sony ever made Peter Parker gay and gave Mary Jane a Gender Flip, the only actor he'd want in the role was Michael B. Jordan. Jordan has since been cast in the Fantastic Four reboot as the Human Torch, a character well known for his Ho Yay interactions with Spidey in the comics.