Celeste Perri
July 16, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s a trend only Dan Quayle could love. In a trailer for the South Park film, Saddam Hussein’s first name is misspelled Sadaam. In Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, the credit for actor Ben Gazzara reads Gazarra. In American Pie, a mom writes ”you’re favorite” in a note to her son (any high schooler knows it should be your). Even more egregious, the title of the IMAX film Encounters in the Third Dimension includes the word Thrid in its trailer. Someone get rewrite! None of the studios involved will comment. But National Spelling Bee champ Nupur Lala, 14, thinks filmmakers should hit the books harder: ”Poor spelling shows carelessness and lack of effort. It’s a shame because kids are influenced by the language in movies.” Indeed, we’re appauled.

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