Nine Film Titles That Answer Questions Raised by Other Film Titles

Is Paris Burning? Paris Is Burning.

The content of this list speaks for itself. Some of these movies you've heard of, some you've forgotten, some you may never have known about. I did adhere to somewhat notable films that received theatrical releases; I didn't want to cheat by raiding IMDb for shorts, never-seen indies, etc. And much as I'd like to, I can't include What's Eating Gilbert Grape or Guess Who's Coming to Dinner because the titles don't include question marks. (If they did, the obvious answers would be The Iron Giant and The Black Stallion, respectively.)

  1. Q: Is Paris Burning? A: Paris Is Burning. The former is a 1966 drama about the liberation of Paris in WWII. The latter is a 1990 documentary about drag queens. Nothing in common whatsoever – but you can't get a clearer answer to that question.
  2. Q: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? A: The Judge. Spoiler alert! Alternate answer: Doom.
  3. Q: Whose Life Is It Anyway? A: My Life. The connection here is more relevant than you'd think, as the question is asked by a 1981 stage adaptation where a paralyzed Richard Dreyfuss wishes to die, and the answer is provided by a 1993 weepie about a dying Michael Keaton.
  4. Q: What Planet Are You From? A: The Loneliest Planet. Really, any planet would be a viable answer to the question posed in Mike Nichols' ill-received 2000 comedy. (Planet of the Apes is a good example.) But because What Planet Are You From? is about an alien singleton (Garry Shandling, in his sole big-screen vehicle) looking for love, the answer provided by this stark 2011 indie seems the truest.
  5. Q: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A: La Dolce Vita. There's actually something titled Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but that was a 1978 British television play, and we're only looking at movies here. I'm half-translating the title of Fellini's La Dolce Vita, with "The Sweet Vita" referring to Vita Sackville-West, the real Virginia Woolf's lover. One can assume that Woolf's mental illness did make Sackville-West afraid of her from time to time. (More so Woolf's husband Leonard, but Leonard Part 6 doesn't work here.)
  6. Q: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? A: She's Out of Control. The latter is a dippy 1989 comedy starring Tony Danza and Ami Dolenz, daughter of the Monkees' Micky. All I can say about it is that a former classmate of mine interned on a later Ami Dolenz film (Witchboard 2) and he absolutely loathed the young actress.
  7. Q: Dude, Where's My Car? A: Where the Wild Things Are. I give myself extra points for rhyming the two titles. Also, the answer sort of makes sense if you've seen Dude, Where's My Car? and its parade of oddballs.
  8. Q: Are We There Yet? A: No. Sometimes the simplest answer is the best.
  9. Q: I Know What You Did Last Summer. A: How Do You Know? This last one is a cheat, with a statement leading to a question, but I couldn't resist.