HERE’S A CHALLENGE for you—see if you are as creative as me, mwa ha ha! We played this a few years ago, and produced some real gems. And it keeps this sort of column alive during tough periods when everyone’s travelling (including the writer) and it’s hard to co-ordinate funny stuff for publishing.
1. Change ONE LETTER of a movie title (or the title of a book or TV show).
2. Think of a new story to match the revised title.
It’s easy. For example, Live and Let Die, the James Bond movie, could become:
Live and Let Dip:
A tough swimming pool guard strictly enforces the rules. But then one day he meets someone who makes him a tad more relaxed.
Or how about this:
Pirates of the Caribbean could become Pilates of the Caribbean:
A Frenchman on a beautiful island decides to start doing some stretching exercises. He talks about his life on the internet and becomes famous.
Get it? Here are some more:
Dive and Let Die:
An evil scuba diver takes his enemies out for a dive and then abandons them by driving off in the boat.
European has brain transplant so that he can speak Chinese with the correct tones.
Done with the wind:
The end of typhoon season is celebrated.
Empire of the Sum:
Biopic of the rise of an international accountancy firm.
Germs of Endearment:
The story of the rise of AIDS in the 1980s.
Last Mango in Paris:
French farmers ban imported fruit from Asia.
Horror film starring a sadistic proctologist.
You Only Love Twice:
Warning film about AIDS.
The Remains of the Bay:
Movie about the reclamation projects in Hong Kong waters.
Tale of a pink alien.
Biopic of Mongolian warrior Attila.
A Fridge Too Far:
Airline staff try to prevent domestic workers from taking heavy appliances as carry-on luggage on planes.
Sleeping with the Enema:
A man takes constipation remedies before going to bed with unfortunate results for his linen.
Over to you!