Whoever said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery was never a Hollywood movie that was blatantly ripped off. If you’ve never been introduced to the wonders of terrible and blatant knock-offs, allow us to be your guide: starting with the recent case of an animated movie released in China called Autobots, which doesn’t require a forensic scientist to identify it as looking an awful lot like Pixar’s Cars.
Autobots is only the latest in a long, terrible/wonderful tradition of international studios trying to get away with ripping off a popular movie without anybody noticing. We decided to look at some of our favorite “How did they not get sued?!” movie examples of “imitation” being the most insulting form of flattery.
The most blatant movie rip-offs of all time
God Tussi Great HoGod Tussi Great Ho treats Bruce Almighty like a recipe book. Take a pinch of Jim Carrey's dissatisfied TV anchor. Boil the character in humiliation, stir heavily with God. Then allow to cook till he then learns a valuable lesson, and needs God to bail him out. Serve with a heavy dose of “Can they just wholesale lift the plot like that?" exasperation.Sohail Khan Productions
Three Giant MenThis 1973 Turkish film is about Captain America (yes, seriously) and Mexican Wrestler Santo (still serious) being called to stop a crime wave perpetrated by a sadistic criminal mastermind. That mastermind is Spider-Man (still so serious), who commits atrocious crimes like feeding a man's eyes to a hamster. Go watch it right now!Tual Film Arsel
PartnerIf you thought Will Smith was irreplaceable, well, you were wrong. Because Partner just goes ahead and decides it wants to be Hitch, and creates a story about a “love guru" who helps men make women fall in love with them, while the love guru can't woo the woman he has his eyes set on. But at least they leave Smith's trademark “Aw, hellllll no" alone.Sohail Khan Production
Hum TumIf you've ever thought “Hey, I wish there were more When Harry Met Sally" then you can just watch Hum Tum: Karan and Rhea meet. They debate whether men and women can be friends. Years later they meet again and become friends. They set each other up with acquaintances, who end up marrying each other instead…and we can just stop there.Yash Raj Films
TransmorphersThe Asylum is an American production company that's notorious for creating low-budget direct-to-video movies that capitalize on popular blockbusters making their way into theatres. Movies like Transformers, which, they make their own with a bit of creative spelling that isn't fooling anyone.The Asylum
Lady TerminatorNot an outright rip-off, because this 1989 Indonesian film doesn't actually have any cybernetic, time-traveling killer robots. Still, the seizing of the title is a pretty blatant grab for confusion and rip-offage, as is its promise of carnage. That carnage often resembles scenes from James Cameron's work.Soraya Intercine Film
Hari PuttarThis has to be a Harry Potter rip-off, right? Warner Brothers actually sued for the similarity in names. But no, Hari Puttar is actually a rip-off of Home Alone. It's about a young boy who is annoyed with his family, wishes they'd disappear, and then they do. In their absence, two burglars appear and hijinks ensue. Mirchi Movies Limited
DeewangeeRemember how Primal Fear was about a lawyer seeking to defend a young man against a murder rap? And remember the movie's twist ending (spoiler alert) where it turns out the young man has a split personality that he made up so he could avoid being punished? Well, Dewangee remembers, too. Because it has the exact same plot.Neha Arts
Atlantic RimHere's how we imagine the meeting for this movie: “You know how no one will notice our attempt to totally rip-off of Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim? We'll just name ours after that other ocean! And we'll have monsters attack America's East Coast, not Hong Kong! No one will notice, right? Perfect!"The Asylum
Almighty ThorDid you watch Thor starring Chris Hemsworth and really wish Richard Grieco (yes, that one) had played Loki instead of Tom Hiddleston? Well, your wish is granted, and you get the added bonus of seeing WWE wrestler Kevin Nash and The Mummy's, Patricia Velasquez! Because we all know that's what was missing from Marvel's Thor.The Asylum