Spoilers, Trailers and Other Terms That Mean Opposite Things for Movies and Cars

I’ve been trying some different things than my usual fare so far this year, from my discussion of funny character names to my theory on the connection between Frozen and Tangled.

I’m going to have a little more fun this week by taking a humorous look at terms that have diametrically opposing definitions when applied to movies and vehicles.

Let’s get this show on the road.


Trailers come after trucks and before movies.Trailers are always pulled behind vehicles while movie trailers always come before movies. I have no clue why movie trailers are called that. They should just be called previews.


Traffic tickets are penalties for drivers that can result in a suspended driver license, but movie tickets benefit patrons by allowing them to enter a particular movie showing.


Spoilers on cars make those cars look cool, but they are usually considered uncool when talking about movies.The purpose of spoilers on cars is to make those cars look cool, but they are usually considered uncool when talking about movies. This is especially true when it comes to new cars and new movies.


Shocks are designed to reduce tension and spare motorists any jolts or scares as they drive on bumpy roads, but they are meant to increase tension by jolting and scaring moviegoers as they watch scary movies.

Make, Model, Year

Movies and cars use several of the same terms for totally opposite things.Every vehicle has a make, model, and year, but only a really successful movie can make a model’s year. By the way, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romijn, Milla Jovovich, Djimon Hounso, Cameron Diaz, Mark Wahlberg, Angelina Jolie, and numerous other famous actors started out as models before breaking into Hollywood. So it’s not uncommon for models to become actors.

A Few Similarities, Too

Of course, movies and cars do have some things in common. To make the ride smoother, cars have suspension and movies require suspension of disbelief. Plus, cars and movie productions have to be green-lighted before they can move forward.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little list. Stay tuned for more unique takes on films.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and four children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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2 Responses to Spoilers, Trailers and Other Terms That Mean Opposite Things for Movies and Cars

  1. Marc says:

    The movies previews are called ‘trailers’ because they originally would be screened after the first movie in a double-feature – ‘trailing’ the first movie.


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