We’ve got another one!

I’m still trying to recover from the atrocity from last winter.

Now, we’ve got another film with a grammatically incorrect title:

What Just Happened

I have to admit, it’s got a fantastic cast.  Robert DeNiro, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Willis…(unlike most, I won’t include Sean Penn because I’m still miffed that he stole Bill Murray’s Oscar for Lost in Translation).


Where is the question mark?

Is that little award thing to the right of the title supposed to be a question mark?

What does the movie get out of omitting punctuation in the title? A cleaner-looking title (much like Dirty Sexy Money)?

Will the movie rake in more money without the question mark?

Your thoughts, please.


10 responses to “We’ve got another one!

  1. Maybe it’s not a question so much as a fragment…consider the end of the sentence, “We’re going to talk about what just happened.”

  2. I don’t see it …. ? Maybe the image is not displaying properly.

  3. Hi Kate,

    Maybe it isn’t a question. I haven’t seen any trailers, but hey, it’s possible.

  4. Oh, no! It looks like the picture exceeded its bandwidth. It was working earlier. Just type “what just happened movie” into Google Images.

    I see your point…it could be used without the question mark.

  5. At imdb.com, they use a question mark.

  6. Just wondering...

    I love your blog! I was just wondering, though, about the title of this entry: “We’ve got another one!” Shouldn’t that be “have gotten” or just “We have another one”?

    I’m honestly not trying to be a smartass, but this conjugation drives me crazy. You’ve got mail. America’s Got Talent. It all drives me crazy and if I’m wrong, I’d like to know so I can stop bitching about it. LOL

    Congratulations on your trip!! I know you will have a blast!

  7. As others have said, maybe it’s a declarative, as in, look at what just happened!!

  8. Er, it isn’t a question.

  9. As was clearly stated by philjohn “At imdb.com, they use a question mark.” So clearly, it must just be some sort of mistake on the cover of the movie.

  10. Movies don’t have covers; they have posters and ads, but they don’t have covers. (Their DVDs have covers, but the DVD is not the movie, only a recording of it.)

    The film itself is the authority on its actual title. The next court of appeal is the advertising and promotion, which is also produced and approved by the studio and/or distributor.

    IMDB is a third-party record, and, as such, not authoritative.

    IMDB can make a mistake as shown by the ads; the ads cannot make a mistake as shown by IMDB.

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