The conceit of this well-crafted scene by comedy group POYKPAC (which includes former Slate staffer Taige Jensen) seems too ambitious to keep going for long: an unhappy couple has dinner, and every bit of dialog we hear is the title of a movie. But the sketch, which stars Jenn Lyon and Ryan Hunter as the couple and Maggie Ross as their exasperated waitress, works surprisingly well.
And once the scene is finished, you’ll realize just how many silly, convoluted, and downright weird movie titles—they even manage to throw Phfft! in there—have come out of Hollywood.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.