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Year In Review: 13 Movie Doppelgangers from 2013

6. 42 and 12 Years a Slave

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Sure, the obvious comparison one might have with 12 Years a Slave would be Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but why should we conform to expectations? Both of these films depict distant but related historical touchstones in the lives of African Americans, though admittedly seen in radically different contexts.

Both feature white men helping out (Harrison Ford in 42 and Benedict Cumberbatch in 12 Years a Slave). Both have a number in the title. However, the real connective tissue between these films is the comically racist performance of Paul Dano in 12 Years a Slave and the comically racist performance of Alan Tudyk in 42. Did anyone else wonder if these characters were somehow related?

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7. Rush and Turbo

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Race cars were the big thing in cinemas this year. Well, at least for the filmmakers, if not the general audiences. Both films featured the need for speed with a protagonist as a professional racer. Both films also gave it the old college try to popularize a sport not well represented in American cinema (Formula 1 for Rush and IndyCar for Turbo). Also, both featured a superhero in the lead role with Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) in Rush and Ryan Reynolds (aka Green Lantern and Deadpool) in Turbo.

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8. Fast & Furious 6 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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The connection between these two movies is pretty simple: sweaty Dwayne Johnson and high octane action. Sure, we could throw Snitch into the ring here, too, but no one cared about that movie.

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9. The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street

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The charming charlatan character of Jay Gatsby is a far cry from the shyster penny stock pusher of Jordan Belfort. However, both were wealthy playboys that threw outlandish parties. Both films feature lots of jiggles and plenty of drinking. Also, both films feature a corrupt protagonist whose downfall is at least partially caused by his inability to handle romantic relationships.

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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