James L. Brooks' 'How Do You Know' opens this week, and it may be hard to tell that title from any other movie currently playing, or indeed, to remember it at all. Coming up with a good title is an art in itself, and some filmmakers just don't have the touch. If you think of it, 'How Do You Know' could actually be the title of just about any movie ever made. 'The Godfather'? Yep. 'Jaws'? Certainly. There are any number of boring movie titles, and Brooks in particular is responsible for two more: 'As Good as It Gets,' and 'I'll Do Anything.' Or how about Nancy Myers' 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'It's Complicated'? Then we have the random application of song titles to movies, such as 'Can't Hardly Wait' and 'Just Like Heaven.' I could have spent hours coming up with a list of hundreds, so I thought I would limit my search just to 2010. As it is, I came up with about 25 sleep-inducing examples, and these are the bottom seven.

1. 'Remember Me'
This plea from a heavy Rob Pattinson tearjerker was practically a guarantee that we would not remember it.

2. 'Let Me In'
Yes, this remake turned out to be one of the most acclaimed American films of 2010, but very few would argue that it's better than the original Swedish film. The main reason is that it's a perfect example how of movies are dumbed down for Americans. Never mind that it has more frequent violence and a ham-handed backstory to help explain the characters' motivations; that title is the biggest problem. The nicely-worded original title, 'Let the Right One In,' had sinister connotations, but this one has been reduced to a simple, soft title that any non-vampire drama could have used. The only positive is that it can't be mistaken for the original.

3. 'Life as We Know It'
Romantic comedies usually get the most generic titles, but this one -- also one of the year's worst films -- takes the cake. What film isn't about "life as we know it"? Even 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'The Shawshank Redemption' could be about "life as we know it," when you get right down to it. This title is so boring that, even though I saw the movie in October, I keep having to look it up to remind myself what it was.

4. 'Never Let Me Go'
This one is getting some year-end acclaim, and it's not a romantic comedy. But does this title tell you anything about a scary dystopian tale of inhuman medical practices? For that matter, does the title 'All Good Things' tell anything about a disintegrating marriage and a string of missing and/or dead bodies?

5. (TIE) 'Dear John' and 'Letters to Juliet'
Did anyone else get these two Amanda Seyfried movies mixed up? I didn't see either one of them, but I'd have to do a little research to tell you which one was which. Firstly, is there anything less cinematic than someone writing a letter? Secondly, couldn't they have come up with something more dynamic than 'John' and 'Juliet'? What about some memorable nicknames? Why not 'Dear Meathead' and 'Letters to Sexypants'?

6. (TIE) 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' and 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'
These were both attempts to create some kind of new 'Harry Potter'-style franchise, but the attempts were as obvious as they were lazy. I reviewed 'Percy Jackson' back in February, and I had to look up the title several times, even while I was writing my review. I did not see 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,' but it's hard to stay awake until you get to the end of that mouthful. At least it has the word 'Owls' in it. I took to calling it 'the Owls movie.' It'll only get more confusing if sequels are made for these two duds. This goes for just about any movie with a colon in the title. See also 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.'

7. 'Somewhere'
Of course, sometimes even a good movie can have a bad title. It pains me to list this one here, as I think Sofia Coppola's movie is one of the year's best. If you love a movie, that's a huge help in remembering a soft title like 'Somewhere.' And, indeed, in this story of a lost and bored Hollywood actor, the title more or less fits. But it's still one of those very minor, passive titles that will totally disappear if someone is combing through the current listings. See also Mike Leigh's 'Another Year.'

Runners Up: 'The American,' 'Biutiful,' 'Charlie St. Cloud,' 'Edge of Darkness,' 'Extraordinary Measures,' 'Just Wright,' 'The Next Three Days,' 'The Switch,' 'Takers,' 'The Town,' 'Why Did I Get Married Too? ,' 'You Again'
How Do You Know
Based on 38 critics

A woman becomes caught in a love triangle involving a baseball player and a businessman. Read More

Never Let Me Go
Based on 37 critics

Three friends, who grew up at a seemingly idyllic boarding school, face a haunting reality. Read More

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Based on 31 critics

Poseidon's son (Logan Lerman) must prevent a war among the gods and rescue his mother from Hades. Read More

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole
Based on 21 critics

A young owl sets out to find a band of mythic warriors to help save his people from their evil foes. Read More

Let Me In
Based on 35 critics

A misfit boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends the strange new girl (Chloƫ Grace Moretz) who lives next door. Read More

Dear John
Based on 34 critics

A soldier (Channing Tatum) and the woman (Amanda Seyfried) he loves stay in touch through letters. Read More

Remember Me
Based on 29 critics

Love begins to heal the troubled spirit of a rebellious young man (Robert Pattinson). Read More

Letters to Juliet
Based on 34 critics

A young woman (Amanda Seyfried) helps the author of an old love letter find her long-lost beau. Read More

Based on 40 critics

A Hollywood bad boy re-examines his life during an unexpected visit from his young daughter. Read More

Life As We Know It
Based on 31 critics

Two people must learn to put aside their mutual dislike and raise their orphaned goddaughter. Read More

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