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When referring to the plural of a movie title (in the case where the movie has sequels), do you have to obey the pluralization rules of the last word in the title, or do you just add -s or -es to the end? For example, if I wanted to watch each of The Matrix movies, would I say, "Let's watch The Matrixes" or "Let's watch The Matrices?" The latter sounds kind of silly, but is it proper?

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I think it's best to avoid changing the movie title at all; it should be left intact as the author intended it to be. In your example, I'd paraphrase, and say:

Let's watch The Matrix movies!


Let's watch The Matrix trilogy!

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makes sense, I'm not sure why I didn't consider this. Thanks –  Carson Myers Jun 6 '11 at 10:42
Seems like the best way out. Although, really, let's just stop watching after the first movie, right, folks? –  Ilari Kajaste Jun 6 '11 at 10:56
Matrix Trilogy? There only was one surely? –  neil Jun 6 '11 at 11:16
Not sure whether you're joking but in case you're not, there were 2 sequels to The Matrix: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. These form a trilogy. :-) –  Jez Jun 6 '11 at 12:30
Obligatory xkcd reference –  user1579 Jun 6 '11 at 13:00

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