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Exorcism BOATS   Adjective, e.g., One advantage BOATS movies have is that their audiences are more willing to believe the unbelievable.

Definition: A movie that advertises itself as being based on a true story.

History: BOATS is an acronym for "based on a true story." While audiences reading “Based on a true story” tend to emphasize “true story,” investors emphasize “based,” as in a movie today needs to be based on something to ensure a profit.

Most investors cringe at the word "original" unless an A-Lister has committed to the project. Ironically, the truth about “true stories” is that, compared to films that are sequels, re-makes and foreign remakes; or films based on novels, comic books, television shows, video games and Disney World attractions; their screenplays are among the most original fiction filmed today.