Go Home, IMDB. You're Drunk: 17 Times IMDb Algorithm Mischaracterized Your Favorite Stars
There’s a game that movie bloggers play that is entirely maddening. The IMDb Game is when you name an actor/actress and your opponent must come up with all four of the top movies featured with poster thumbnails under their profile pic. The trick is, it’s not usually the four films (or TV shows) you’d expect. It may not be their most popular movies, just those most often clicked on by IMDb users. And for a feel for what IMDB users like, feel free to browse their often infuriating top 250 films list.
Through all my work-related combing of IMDb, I’ve come across an even more confounding element of the Internet Movie Database. When you begin to type in a person’s name, the site prompts possibilities—as seen above—along with a brief description meant to surmise who they are. And sometimes, this descriptor just flat-out defies logic. Like when you look up Selma’s celebrated director and see this:
In honor of this bizarre algorithm for fame, we’ve collected some of the most vexing.
Go home IMDb! You’re drunk.
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