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    What is the right adjective for this (...) kind of 'plot' or 'film'?

    Hi,

    We've decided to discuss, in our gatherings, the most successful films with some sort of complicated plot which can provoke more talk. Can we use 'debatable', 'disputable', or 'controversial' as adjectives for these films and their plots?

    I have no reason why they may be right or wrong. I'd appreciate any help.

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    Re: What is the right adjective for this (...) kind of 'plot' or 'film'?

    Well, I don't know exactly what kind of movies your are watching, but I think "controversial" is the most natural adjective. The other words are usually used to talk about facts or information rather than about stories.

    A really natural description could be "thought provoking". That would mean the movies make you think about things you don't normally think about.
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    Re: What is the right adjective for this (...) kind of 'plot' or 'film'?

    If you are referring to the films or plots themselves, controversial would be the only one that works. If you are talking about the inclusion of a film on a "most successful" list, then debatable would be a better choice.

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    Re: What is the right adjective for this (...) kind of 'plot' or 'film'?

    Then what I infer is, 'debatable' can be used when the result for something, a decision, a claim, etc is against expectations and a bit shocking, in a way that it makes people debate about it. Is that right? (Sort of negative connotation perhaps?)

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    Re: What is the right adjective for this (...) kind of 'plot' or 'film'?

    Debatable often has a negative connotation, in that the speaker has another choice. But debate itself is a positive healthy thing.

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