8 Pairs of Comedy Films with the Exact Same Plot, Released in the Same Year
Have you ever walked out of a movie theater and thought, “I literally just saw a movie just like that?” ‘Twin films,’ or movies with identical plots released around the same time, is not a new phenomenon. The year before the iconic Gone With the Wind came out in 1939, a competing movie named Jezebel debuted, also about a feisty young woman growing up in the South during the American Civil War. Apparently, when actress Bette Davis was rejected from the role of Scarlett O’Hara, a rival studio created the part for her.
The causes of twin movies are unclear: perhaps one studio found out about the other’s film-in-the-making and wants to cash-in on the idea as well, or maybe it’s pure coincidence. It can also be fun for the audience to watch both movies with similar plots and decide which studio “won” the competition; kind of like a “Who Wore it Better” of Hollywood Blockbusters. Whatever the motive, the following on-screen comedy hits was BASICALLY the same, and to make things even crazier, came out in the same freakin’ year!
Friends With Benefits & No Strings Attached (2011)
Two friends of the opposite sex, each of whom are experiencing romantic ruts, decide to start sleeping together without any commitments. Eventually, however, their causal hookups lead to real-life love and they live happily ever after. Sound familiar? That is the plot of Friends With Benefits with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis AND No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman! What's even weirder is that Mila and Natalie had just finished filming Black Swan when they began these separate projects and, of course, Mila and Ashton are now married. It's also worth noting that around the same time NBC picked up a TV show called Friends With Benefits, which was also about pals who start hooking up with each other just to realize that there are real feelings there. There must've been something in the water...
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