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Year In Review: 13 Movie Doppelgangers from 2013

10. Delivery Man and Philomena

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Just as 2013 was the year of fairytales and wandering bohemians, it was also the year of searching for your children. In Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn is getting in touch with some of the 533 children he sired through sperm donations. In Philomena, Judi Dench is trying to find her son that was taken from her in an Irish nunnery. Though wildly different in tone and delivery, both of these films feature a parent trying to connect with his or her offspring with unintended results.

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11. Paranoia and Closed Circuit

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The similarities between these two movies go beyond the fact that they weren’t terribly good or well received. Paranoia features corporate espionage in a world when your every action can be tracked. Closed Circuit features a barrister trying to solve a crime in a city where every inch can be seen by a camera.

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12. Jobs and The Internship

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A look behind tech giants was a theme this year, too. The Internship took a whimsical (and unfunny) look at the Google intern program. Jobs pulled back the veil to the inception of Apple computers as a TV-movie-style biopic of Steve Jobs. In the end, it was also clear that audiences liked the technology being referenced in these films much more than the films themselves

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13. The Lone Ranger and Saving Mr. Banks

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Finally, here’s the biggest stretch, because these movies have very little in common.

In fact, the films are not wholly doppelgangers, but a key scene in each connects them. The Lone Ranger features a climactic moment at the site of the connection point of the Transcontinental Railroad. Though the “Western” scenes in Saving Mr. Banks exist as flashbacks to PL Travers’ early life growing up in Australia, it features a strikingly similar moment at railroad stop. More over, actress Ruth Wilson stars in both movies and appears in almost the same exact outfit in each scene.

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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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