10 weirdest movie coincidences of 2017

Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
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Coincidence? We think… so! Whether accidentally or on purpose, 2017 boasted a number of films that shared scenes, story points, and even songs in common. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most egregious examples of cinematic overlap, which afflicted everything from comic-book movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Justice League to such low-budget indies as Lady Bird and Brad’s Status. After clicking through, be sure to sound off in the comments below on the other coincidences you caught at the movies.


<p>Eternal rivals DC and Marvel were on the same page about the hilarity that ensues when their tough-guy superheroes are prompted to share their innermost secrets. In the second <em>Guardians </em>adventure, empath Mantis unlocks Star-Lord’s “romantic, sexual love” for Gamora, setting Drax off on an infectious laughing fit. Meanwhile, Aquaman ‘fessing up to his fear of dying young (as well of his adolescent awe of Wonder Woman) courtesy of the Lasso of Truth proved to be one of the few universally liked moments in <em>Justice League</em>. (Photo: Disney/Warner Bros. Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Truth Tellers (‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ and ‘Justice League’)

Eternal rivals DC and Marvel were on the same page about the hilarity that ensues when their tough-guy superheroes are prompted to share their innermost secrets. In the second Guardians adventure, empath Mantis unlocks Star-Lord’s “romantic, sexual love” for Gamora, setting Drax off on an infectious laughing fit. Meanwhile, Aquaman ‘fessing up to his fear of dying young (as well of his adolescent awe of Wonder Woman) courtesy of the Lasso of Truth proved to be one of the few universally liked moments in Justice League. (Photo: Disney/Warner Bros. Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Think a fruit bowl is a kitchen-only accessory? <em>Call Me by Your Name</em> and <em>Girls Trip</em> make a strong case for incorporating one into your bedroom décor. Whether it’s Timothée Chalamet getting intimate with a peach, or Tiffany Hadish offering an impromptu <a href="https://www.essence.com/love-sex/things-know-grapefruit-method-fellatio-girls-trip-movie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Grapefruit Method" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Grapefruit Method</a> tutorial, there’s a whole lot more you can do with fruit beyond juicing, baking and eating. (Photo: Sony Pictures/Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Fruity Fresh (‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Girls Trip’)

Think a fruit bowl is a kitchen-only accessory? Call Me by Your Name and Girls Trip make a strong case for incorporating one into your bedroom décor. Whether it’s Timothée Chalamet getting intimate with a peach, or Tiffany Hadish offering an impromptu Grapefruit Method tutorial, there’s a whole lot more you can do with fruit beyond juicing, baking and eating. (Photo: Sony Pictures/Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>It may not be the coolest city in the Golden State, but two of 2017’s most intriguing cinematic personalities call Sacramento home… not that they’re necessarily happy about it at first. After a tumultuous senior year, high-schooler Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson finally sees the beauty in her hometown after flying away to an East Coast college. Similarly, it takes a trip to Harvard University with his grown son to make mid-life crisis afflicted Brad Sloan comfortable with admitting to having a Sacramento ZIP code. (Photo: Amazon Studios/A24/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Sacramento Haters Back Off (‘Brad’s Status’ and ‘Lady Bird’)

It may not be the coolest city in the Golden State, but two of 2017’s most intriguing cinematic personalities call Sacramento home… not that they’re necessarily happy about it at first. After a tumultuous senior year, high-schooler Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson finally sees the beauty in her hometown after flying away to an East Coast college. Similarly, it takes a trip to Harvard University with his grown son to make mid-life crisis afflicted Brad Sloan comfortable with admitting to having a Sacramento ZIP code. (Photo: Amazon Studios/A24/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Leave it to Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson to put the “fun” back in “fungi.” Delectable — and deadly! — mushrooms play pivotal parts in the climaxes of the directors’ respective period pieces, the Civil War-era <em>The Beguiled</em> and the ’50s-era <em>Phantom Thread</em>. That’s one way to ensure that they never have any unwelcome dinner guests. (Photo: Focus Features /Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Suspect ‘Shrooms (‘The Beguiled’ and ‘Phantom Thread’)

Leave it to Sofia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson to put the “fun” back in “fungi.” Delectable — and deadly! — mushrooms play pivotal parts in the climaxes of the directors’ respective period pieces, the Civil War-era The Beguiled and the ’50s-era Phantom Thread. That’s one way to ensure that they never have any unwelcome dinner guests. (Photo: Focus Features /Courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>If you skimmed over the pivotal Battle of Dunkirk in history class, a trio of 2017 films can fill you in on what you missed. Christopher Nolan’s <em>Dunkirk</em> provides an immersive recreation of what British soldiers experienced before a daring evacuation brought them home to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill biopic <em>Darkest Hour</em> depicts England’s wartime prime minister ordering said evacuation, and Lone Scherfig’s overlooked <em>Their Finest</em> stirringly illustrates how that rescue revived the nation’s fighting spirit. (Photo: Focus Features/STX Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
On the Beach (‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Their Finest,’ and ‘Dunkirk’)

If you skimmed over the pivotal Battle of Dunkirk in history class, a trio of 2017 films can fill you in on what you missed. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk provides an immersive recreation of what British soldiers experienced before a daring evacuation brought them home to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour depicts England’s wartime prime minister ordering said evacuation, and Lone Scherfig’s overlooked Their Finest stirringly illustrates how that rescue revived the nation’s fighting spirit. (Photo: Focus Features/STX Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Too soon, man, too soon. That’s what we felt like telling Timothée Chalamet after his twin sexual encounters in <em>Call Me by Your Name</em> and <em>Lady Bird</em>. Both times, the 22-year-old actor rose to the occasion only to… um, shrink in the spotlight. It takes a brave man to admit his shortcomings, but not just once, but <em>twice</em>. (Photo: Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Anti-Climax (‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Lady Bird’)

Too soon, man, too soon. That’s what we felt like telling Timothée Chalamet after his twin sexual encounters in Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird. Both times, the 22-year-old actor rose to the occasion only to… um, shrink in the spotlight. It takes a brave man to admit his shortcomings, but not just once, but twice. (Photo: Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>When planning your next garden party, maybe leave noted troublemaker Bradley Whitford off the list. As the Armitage family patriarch in <em>Get Out</em>, Whitford holds court over a backyard soiree that secretly doubles as a sinister auction. And for <em>The Post</em>, he plays a composite character who tries to persuade the very real <em>Washington Post </em>owner Katharine Graham not to publish their bombshell Pentagon Papers story in the middle of a gathering of Washington’s elite. (Photo: Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox Film/Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Party On (‘Get Out’ and ‘The Post’)

When planning your next garden party, maybe leave noted troublemaker Bradley Whitford off the list. As the Armitage family patriarch in Get Out, Whitford holds court over a backyard soiree that secretly doubles as a sinister auction. And for The Post, he plays a composite character who tries to persuade the very real Washington Post owner Katharine Graham not to publish their bombshell Pentagon Papers story in the middle of a gathering of Washington’s elite. (Photo: Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox Film/Courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>The summer movie season’s biggest hero wasn’t Chris Pratt or Gal Gadot: it was John Denver. The late singer-songwriter’s music boomed from multiplexes throughout 2017, heard in such diverse films as Bong Joon-ho’s South Korea-set “girl and her giant pig” adventure, <em>Okja</em>, to Matthew Vaughn’s blockbuster sequel <em>Kingsman: The Golden Circle</em>, with <em>Alien: Covenant </em>and <em>Logan Lucky </em>in between. <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/john-denver-music-seemingly-every-movie-days-203627101.html" data-ylk="slk:It’s all part of a concentrated strategy;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">It’s all part of a concentrated strategy</a> to take Denver’s songs home to the place where they belong: on the big screen. (Photo: Netflix/Fingerprint Releasing/20th Century Fox) </p>
Rocky Mountain High (‘Okja,’ ‘Logan Lucky,’ and ‘Alien: Covenant’)

The summer movie season’s biggest hero wasn’t Chris Pratt or Gal Gadot: it was John Denver. The late singer-songwriter’s music boomed from multiplexes throughout 2017, heard in such diverse films as Bong Joon-ho’s South Korea-set “girl and her giant pig” adventure, Okja, to Matthew Vaughn’s blockbuster sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with Alien: Covenant and Logan Lucky in between. It’s all part of a concentrated strategy to take Denver’s songs home to the place where they belong: on the big screen. (Photo: Netflix/Fingerprint Releasing/20th Century Fox)

<p>In the future, we won’t need closets because our clothes will change themselves! At least, that’s our takeaway from a double bill of <em>Blade Runner 2049 </em>and <em>Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets</em>, where different characters model a clothes-changing effect that doesn’t require getting undressed and then dressed again. That leaves plenty of time for other far future activities like brooding and blasting laser guns at bad guys. (Photo: STX Entertainment/Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Quick Change (‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’)

In the future, we won’t need closets because our clothes will change themselves! At least, that’s our takeaway from a double bill of Blade Runner 2049 and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, where different characters model a clothes-changing effect that doesn’t require getting undressed and then dressed again. That leaves plenty of time for other far future activities like brooding and blasting laser guns at bad guys. (Photo: STX Entertainment/Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Who knew Kristen Wiig was such a committed backstabber? In <em>Downsizing </em>she opted against getting shrunk alongside hubby Matt Damon, leaving him all alone in the great big world. Jennifer Lawrence also felt the sting of her betrayal in <em>Mother!</em> after the previously protective Wiig handed her over to a zealous mob. The actress’s real-life buddies might want to check their own backs for knife wounds (Photo: Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Wiig Betrayal (‘Mother!’ and ‘Downsizing’)

Who knew Kristen Wiig was such a committed backstabber? In Downsizing she opted against getting shrunk alongside hubby Matt Damon, leaving him all alone in the great big world. Jennifer Lawrence also felt the sting of her betrayal in Mother! after the previously protective Wiig handed her over to a zealous mob. The actress’s real-life buddies might want to check their own backs for knife wounds (Photo: Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy Everett Collection)

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