For Date Night, we rented a movie. We hadn't seen Gone in Sixty Seconds, and were in the mood for a car chase, brainless thing (plus we're both (*ahem* fans) of Angelina Jolie), so we zipped in, rented the DVD, and zipped out. It was Friday night and the video store was a zoo, so we didn't spend more time in there than we wanted.
Well, we started watching it, and it seemed sort of... odd. The production and filming was slick, and the stunts were all first-rate, but god, the dialog was insanely trite and terribly delivered by these really awful actors with really big sideburns. The characters had names like "Stosh" and "Madrian" and "Pumpkin". We kept looking at each other and saying what the hell is this, is this some kind of preface, and Madrian's son turns out to be Nicolas Cage, or something?
This went on for WAY too long, and we thought this just CAN'T be the right movie. But the car chases and crashes and stunts continued to be really first-rate and quite realistic, so we decided to just keep watching it.
Then the DVD player started trying to read across this huge crack in the fucking rental DVD. At first this just caused some annoying breaks in the picture, but after there were three straight scenes that it couldn't play at all, we just gave up.
Then it got really odd; we turned off the DVD player and turned on the TV, and lo, there was Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie in the film we THOUGHT we had rented. Apparently one of the cable networks was showing it. So we wound up watching about the last three-quarters of it.
Later, we got the story. I dunno, maybe we were the only people in the world who didn't know that Gone in Sixty Seconds was a remake of a much earlier film. The original was directed by the late H. B. Halicki, who set up and drove all his own stunts and actually crashed his own cars on camera. Apparently the movie we abortedly watched had several scenes which weren't stunts so much as honest, real live car wrecks that happened when stunts went wrong but they left them in the movie anyway because they looked so good. Almost one car wrecked for every minute of film. H. B. Halicki himself was killed a few years later when a stunt went a little too wrong in another film he was making.
Kind of embarrassing. We later told this story to Rebecca, ending with "wow, who knew that movie was a remake?" Her reply: "Well, duh."