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Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby skullturfq » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:52 pm

The title of the movie "LA LA LAND" can be formed by stringing together two-letter postal abbreviations for US states: Louisiana, Louisiana, Louisiana, North Dakota.

Can any other well-known movie titles be formed in this way? (I don't have a good answer. I'm just curious.)
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Re: Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby titaniferous » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:05 pm

GANDHI

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Re: Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby rudolpha » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:27 pm

MAME
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Re: Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:51 pm

Should have posted this before I left my computer a few hours ago. Got scooped on GANDHI and MAME.

The 50 two-letter postal abbreviations rule out any title with the word "The" or a numeral.

There are a few four-letter titles that qualify, like
COMA (1978, dir. Michael Crichton)
DEAL (2008, dir. Gil Cates Jr.)
MADE (2001, dir. Jon Favreau)
MAMA (2013, dir. Andrés Muschietti)
ORCA (1977, dir. Michael Anderson)
PAPA (2016, dir. Shane Christian Eason)
SCAR (2005, dir. Rahil Bhorania)

Depending on how you feel about symbols, PAIN & GAIN (2013, dir. Michael Bay) would work. IMDb lists a few titles called DEAR MAMA, but none are English-language feature length theatrical releases.

6-letter and longer words for movie titles are harder to come by. COCOON works if you include Ontario.
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Re: Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby rockgolf » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:45 am

Besides LA LA LAND, a quick Vlookup of about 13,000 movie titles reveals the only other 8-letter movie to qualify is MEGAMIND.

If you also include Canadian provinces, you can add SKIN GAME.

There's also the 1903 short "COAL MINE", but that's exceedingly obscure.

Two film titles start with five consecutive state abbreviations, but do not fully qualify:

LAW AND ORDER
MAID IN MANHATTAN
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Re: Wordplay: Movie titles, state abbreviations

Postby Neel Mehta » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:44 pm

Clearly, WRECK-IT RALPH should have been titled ARCADE, or COIN GAME, or COIN GAME IN ARCADE.

If you include short films listed in IMDb, there's MEMORIAL, MINDGAME, MANDARIN, and GANYMEDE. (And Pixar's LAVA.) As for feature-length films, there's one from 2014 called MOORLAND that may not have made it to theaters.

And then there's a different 8-letter find, from 1988: MAC AND ME. How could we forget? Why did I remember?
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