Jason, you’re talking about two different things. He is discussing site ranking which is how the search engines perceive your site and you are mentioning how the public ranks your site. These are two different things.
For your site to rank when someone types in a search request, they must type in the right word for your site to come up. It’s about relevance to what they are searching for. If your site is the same as everyone else’s, then your relevance will fall because everyone has the exact same information.
For those that do not have significant content for the search words that people use, and you are the only one copying the articles in your area, a search for: "Boulder Colorado move in certified inspection"will increase your hit because you matched “move in certified” which you are increased in relevance because of “Boulder” and “Colorado”.
So if you’re the only one that copies the movie and certified article in Boulder Colorado you will get the hit without any problem.
However, when you just type in “movie in certified inspection” you may be on page 1009!
Unless however, you add relevance of your own in reference to the movie and certified inspection program.
if the search engine finds you have additional information in Association with the copied article, it may make you more relevant.
My personal view on copying any information or content style even is that people read the same old stuff over and over again every click they make on a new website in their search. How many times do they want to read the same thing?
As you pointed out, they will see the the similarities of all the sites they click and may keep on clicking until they see something more original that actually addresses their concerns beyond simply finding a home inspector.