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"Anything can be 'inspired' by a true story! One day I pooped to the moon. INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY??"

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Hollywood dialect for "Research is hard." Semi-intentional Adaptation Decay applied to a true story.

Indicated in Law & Order commercials by the phrase "Ripped from today's headlines!"

See also Dramatization, Suggested By and Very Loosely Based on a True Story.

Examples of Inspired By include:

Film


Theater


Video Games