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This is the principal plot of "Identity Thief" as a con-woman steals the identity of a man.
Probably inspired by the Molière example, the French filmmaker Francis Veber often has a character named François Pignon or François Perrin. Notably, in earlier movies, this character tended to be a Butt Monkey who was the unwitting cause of humorous calamity on others, but in more recent movies is a sympathetic "everyman" character who gets a happy ending. In fact, the word pignonisme has been adopted in the French language to reference the attitudes of the "man on the street".
Used as part of a joke in , where one of Peter Gibbons' co-workers is named Office Space Michael Bolton. He's none too happy about sharing a name with the singer-songwriter, and Peter asks him why he doesn't get it changed, to which Michael replies: "Why should I change my name? He's the one who sucks!"
The first live-action film and the Transformers remake both feature characters named Trent. They're actually portrayed by the same actor (Travis Van Winkle) and both are Friday the 13th (2009) Jerkasses.
"Doug Roberts" is the name of Henry Fonda's Naval officer protagonist in , as well as Paul Newman's architect character in Mister Roberts .
The Towering Inferno In the English-language version of , the song the prisoners sing, "Marcetta," is translated "Maria" due to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Lip Lock...which is also the name of a one-scene prostitute who, this being a Leone film, is the single most prominent female character.
consists of finding the right Lorenzo in the area to find her lost love.
Letters to Juliet Sophie shares her name with one of the main characters of Mamma Mia!, who is coincidentally also portrayed by Amanda Seyfried.
One of the main characters in is a 6½-foot-tall muscular black—but bald—sprinter named Cool Runnings Yul Brynner.
Bruno: Visitor to a concentration camp, or just camp gay?
Frank Martin. , or David Schwimmer's bumbling character from The Transporter ?
Six Days Seven Nights Or the villain in the remake of .
Willard Biff Hawk the nice jock and Biff Tannen the Jerk Jock share first names.
The protagonist of 1995 neo-blaxploitation flick is named Anthony Curtis. Dead Presidents He is reminded that he (sort of) shares his name with actor Tony Curtis within the movie itself. You'll never get the two confused, as the fictional Curtis is black while the Real Life actor was Jewish. But they were both born in The Bronx, so this may have been a Shout-Out.
The Old Man: A sometimes incoherent father who's the proud owner of a leg lamp, or the head of a multi-million dollar corporation located in dystopian Detroit?
Captain Miller: Are we talking about an astronaut who investigated a haunted spaceship or a ranger who fought during World War II
Can two pairs of first names count? In Nina is worried that Lily wants to become her; in Black Swan Lily and Nina are Snow Flower and the Secret Fan the same person.
and Child's Play both have a little boy named Andy (and both movies have child's toys coming to life), but the films themselves couldn't be more different if they tried.
Toy Story Metalbeak is a dangerous bird of prey with a prosthetic beak who's killed by the hero — a talking male owl in and the nickname of a non-speaking female(?) hawk in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole .
Rango Nigel is a Talking Animal with a posh accent in an exotic location, but is he a friendly koala or a nefarious cockatoo?
Jack: federal agent who has Leslie Hope as a wife, or young MMA fighter who has Leslie Hope as a mother?
Who is Mr. Han really? On one end, he is an ex-monk turned opium dealer who offended both Mr. Lee's family and the Shaolin Temple. The other is a handyman skilled in Kung Fu who takes Tre Parker under his wing.
Speaking of "Han"...."Solo" is both the name of a Mafia boss in and a Corellian smuggler in Goldfinger .
Star Wars Fred: The Movie is the title of a feature length movie based on a web show and a pro-Westboro Baptist Church documentary.
Mad Dog. An underground fighter Tien encounters while searching for the village's missing statue? Or Mad Dog? Or the main character in the 1976 Outback western with Dennis Hopper? Or the Mad Dog in that ?
Warrior Harry Potter and Harry Potter.
Transylvania 6-5000 was the name of a 1963 Bugs Bunny cartoon before it was a 1986 Jeff Goldblum movie.
. Magic Mike The name of a semi-biopic on the life of Channing Tatum or a prisoner in Blood In, Blood Out.
"Homer Simpson" is a character from the 1939 novel which was turned into a movie in 1975. The name is unrelated to Matt Groening's cartoon character from The Day Of The Locust .
The Simpsons A multi-lingual example: 1997 saw the release of both Takeshi Kitano's film "Hana-bi" and Leonardo Pieraccioni's Italian comedy "Fuochi d'artificio", around the same time. Both titles mean "Fireworks" in their respective language, but the films couldn't be more different to one another.
Likewise, Ridley Scott's and Shohei Imamura's Black Rain Kuroi ame were both released in 1989. "Kuroi ame" means "black rain" in Japanese.
Two basset hounds named Fred: Cledus Snow's pet dog in and Alex Graham's comic strip pooch (currently drawn by Michael Martin and Graham's daughter Arran).
Smokey and the Bandit Joel Coen is half of the writing-directing team The Coen Brothers. Joel Cohen is another Hollywood writer. The name is also shared by a classical musician who uses the latter spelling.
This confusion is purportedly why Bill Murray signed on to play Garfield, confusing Cohen for Coen. Doesn't explain the sequel, though.
Don't forget Joel H. Cohen, a frequent writer for The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
The Mutos of share their name with the eponymous Godzilla (2014) Mad Scientist hero of . The only other real similarity they have is their connection with artificial genetic mutations.