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Film formulas -- Test your algebra skills with our film-centric equations

Is it us, or do movies suddenly seem to be more formulaic than ever? We looked into this and, applying Hollywood Math, figured out the actual formulas for 10 recent films. See if you can identify the movie derived from each of the equations below.

1 Night and Fog + An American Tail =
2 The Three Stooges / 3 x Magnum, P.I. / the square root of Flipper =
3 The Getaway - The Marrying Man =
4 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? + ''The Ransom of Red Chief'' / the square root of Ruthless People =
5 (Driving Miss Daisy - Benson) x In the Line of Fire =
6 Urban Cowboy / Saturday Night Fever + Brian's Song =
7 Hoosiers + Serpico =
8 Some Like It Hot / 2 x Uncle Buck =
9 St. Elmo's Fire + Slacker x E! Entertainment Television =
10 Mean Streets / New Jack City x the square root of Sanford and Son =

Answers 1.Schindler's List 2. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 3. The Chase 4. The Ref 5. Guarding Tess 6. 8 Seconds 7. Blue Chips 8. Mrs. Doubtfire 9. Reality Bites 10. Sugar Hill

Originally posted Mar 25, 1994 Published in issue #215 Mar 25, 1994 Order article reprints
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