History Creator / AlexanderPayne

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* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest.
* ButtMonkey

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* AuteurLicense: Gained it after Election, to the point where he has final cut on every film he makes.
* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest.
happiest. With the exceptions of [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding About Schmidt]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding Nebraska.]]]]
* ButtMonkeyButtMonkey: [[Film/{{Election}} Jim]], [[Film/AboutSchmidt Warren]], [[Film/{{Sideways}} Miles]] and [[Film/{{Nebraska}} David and Woody]] can attest to this.



* SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism: His films generally lie on the cynical end of the spectrum

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* SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism: SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism: His films generally lie on the cynical end of the spectrumspectrum.



* ''Film/{{Election}}'' (1998) -- An idealistic high school teacher tries to sabotage a haughty overachiever's chances of becoming the class president.

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* ''Film/{{Election}}'' (1998) (1999) -- An idealistic high school teacher tries to sabotage a haughty overachiever's chances of becoming the class president.
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* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest.


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* SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism: His films generally lie on the cynical end of the spectrum
10th Jan '14 10:54:14 PM MrZAP
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* ''Film/{{Nebraska}}'' (2013) -- An elderly man has his son drive him from Montana to Nebraska so the father can claim a million-dollar prize he thinks he's won. Along the way, they meet man of the old man's friends and relatives and try to repair their strained relationship.

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* ''Film/{{Nebraska}}'' (2013) -- An elderly man has his son drive him from Montana to Nebraska so the father can claim a million-dollar prize he thinks he's won. Along the way, they meet man many of the old man's friends and relatives and try to repair their strained relationship.
11th Dec '13 5:17:48 PM jemas42
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' is the only one film he's directed which is not an adaptation of a novel.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' is and ''Nebraska'' are the only one film two films he's directed which is that are not an adaptation of a novel.
8th Dec '13 1:10:49 PM MarkLungo
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* ''{{Sideways}}'' (2004) -- Two former college roommates go on a road trip through Santa Barbara Wine Country before one of them gets married. The same guy has sex with a lot of women, the other...not so much.

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* ''{{Sideways}}'' ''Film/{{Sideways}}'' (2004) -- Two former college roommates go on a road trip through Santa Barbara Wine Country before one of them gets married. The same guy has sex with a lot of women, the other...not so much.


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* ''Film/{{Nebraska}}'' (2013) -- An elderly man has his son drive him from Montana to Nebraska so the father can claim a million-dollar prize he thinks he's won. Along the way, they meet man of the old man's friends and relatives and try to repair their strained relationship.
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* ''AboutSchmidt'' (2002) -- A recently retired/widowed actuary drives to his daughter's wedding. HilarityEnsues.

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* ''AboutSchmidt'' ''Film/AboutSchmidt'' (2002) -- A recently retired/widowed actuary drives to his daughter's wedding. HilarityEnsues.
6th Sep '12 3:48:04 AM Folamh3
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' is the only one film he's directed which is not an adaptation of a book.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' is the only one film he's directed which is not an adaptation of a book.novel.
31st Aug '12 2:41:19 PM FELH2
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[[quoteright:237:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alexander_Payne_5939.jpg]]

Alexander Payne (born 10 February 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. His films generally include the following tropes:

* ButtMonkey
* CrapsackWorld
* CreatorProvincialism: Alexander Payne ''is'' Omaha.
* CringeComedy
* EagleLand: Overwhelmingly type 2.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' is the only one film he's directed which is not an adaptation of a book.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Especially his first two films.

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* ''Citizen Ruth'' (1996) -- A drug addict's latest pregnancy becomes a political football in the abortion debate.
* ''Film/{{Election}}'' (1998) -- An idealistic high school teacher tries to sabotage a haughty overachiever's chances of becoming the class president.
* ''AboutSchmidt'' (2002) -- A recently retired/widowed actuary drives to his daughter's wedding. HilarityEnsues.
* ''{{Sideways}}'' (2004) -- Two former college roommates go on a road trip through Santa Barbara Wine Country before one of them gets married. The same guy has sex with a lot of women, the other...not so much.
* ''Film/TheDescendants'' (2011) -- A Hawaiian aristocrat tries to reconnect with his daughters when his wife goes into a coma.
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