A Civilized Guide to Your Pop-Culture Savages


Savages opens this weekend. You know, the Oliver Stone drug opera, with Blake Lively in a three-way relationship with Tim Riggins and Aaron Johnson. The movie is just one of many pop-culture Savages, though — there are other Savage movies, TV shows, characters, and even a myth buster. Here's your guide to keeping them straight.

The Savages, a 2007 movie starring Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's not very savage, though it is very well done and super depressing.

Photo: 20th Century Fox

The Savages, a family. Fred and Ben are the most nostalgia-inducing of all savages.

Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images, Brad Barket/Getty Images

Complete Savages, a 2004 TV show. This was the last gasp of TGIF. Keith Carradine starred as a single father to five boys. Also, there was a dog.

Photo: ABC

Dan Savage, columnist and activist. In addition to his hugely popular "Savage Love" advice column and podcast, Dan Savage also founded the It Gets Better Project. Basically the opposite of savage.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Dan Savage speaks onstage during the 15th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)
Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

"Savages," the song from Pocahontas. What a problematic anthem for colonialism!

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Adam Savage, myth buster. Science is cool!

Episode Shooting Shenanigans. Host Adam Savage holding up bullet and the result of a sheet of metal being shot.
Photo: Dioscovery

Doc Savage, pulp icon. Please, no one give the Man of Bronze the John Carter treatment.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage, wrestler. Oooooh, yeah!

Randy Savage in New York City circa 1991.
Photo: George Napolitano

Savage Garden, band. I wanna stand with you on a mountain / I want to bathe with you in the sea / I want to lay like this forever / Until the sky falls down on me.

Event: Manchester/2001.Artist: Savage Garden.
Photo: Jon Super/Redferns