History Film / Beetlejuice

8th May '17 10:44:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** From the fun and hilarious "Banana Boat Song" scene to the intense and frightening scene where Betelgeuse turns into a snake.

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** From the fun and hilarious "Banana Boat Song" scene to the intense and frightening scene where Betelgeuse [[ScaledUp turns into a snake.snake]].
16th Apr '17 6:08:04 AM Tightwire
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Lydia gives Betelgeuse the implication she wants to die by telling him "I want to get in," he responds with a confused "Why?", pointing out that no matter how bad things get, death is still worse. Even in his current situation, he'd rather be alive. It doesn't entirely trouble him that she wants to be dead, however, as he observes that she probably has her own reasons; if she'll help him get out of the model, maybe they can discuss it and he can find a way to help her. He's by no means ''nice'', but to judge by his own words earlier in the film, she's the only person he seems to like at all and he does actually seem interested in helping her.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Lydia gives Betelgeuse the implication she wants to die by telling him "I want to get in," he responds with a confused "Why?", pointing out that no matter how bad things get, death is still worse. Even in his current situation, he'd rather be alive. It doesn't entirely trouble him Then he tells her that if she wants to be dead, however, as he observes that she probably has her own reasons; if she'll help lets him get out of the model, maybe out, they can discuss it talk, and maybe he can find a way to help her. He's by no means ''nice'', but to judge by his own words earlier in the film, she's the only person he seems to like at all and he does actually seem interested in helping her.her if she helps him.
30th Mar '17 6:56:22 PM AnotherGuy
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** Otho thinks he's an expert in nearly ''everything'', but isn't as smart as he thinks he is.
30th Mar '17 6:51:15 PM AnotherGuy
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** Betelgeuse mentions he hates sandworms when he first meets the Maitlands.
28th Jan '17 1:20:11 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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*** Since her name is on the realty company's sign, Jane's apparently constantly trying to resell the house for repeat commissions, which would make her a much bigger jerkass than she appears.



* KarmaHoudini: Jane the realtor says the Maitlands' house is "too big" for the two of them and has been advertising their house against their wishes despite being told not to repeatedly--which is practically harassment. As Adam says, it isn't "any of Jane's business" whether the house is too big for them. And then they die, and she either inherits the house herself or sells it on behalf of whoever does, meaning that she gets what she wanted without repercussion (unless you believe her when she tells Lydia that she's "devastated" by their deaths). As written above, a deleted scene shows she tried this again with the Deetzes, but they don't want any of it.

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* KarmaHoudini: Jane the realtor says the Maitlands' house is "too big" for the two of them and has been advertising their house against their wishes despite being told not to repeatedly--which is practically harassment. As Adam says, it isn't "any of Jane's business" whether the house is too big for them. And then they die, and she either inherits the house herself or sells it on behalf of whoever does, her agency, meaning that she gets what she wanted without repercussion (unless you believe her when she tells Lydia that she's "devastated" by their deaths). As written above, a deleted scene shows she tried this again with the Deetzes, but they don't want any of it.
28th Jan '17 12:24:42 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* NoFourthWall: Played with. The theater seating full of ghosts behind the Maitlands in Juno's office is Tim Burton's way of suggesting that the dead on the other side are watching the story unfold along with the living audience, and for a brief moment the two can see each other staring back.
23rd Jan '17 10:26:42 PM ThallianGold
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** [[spoiler: The Deetzes also get what they want: Charles adjusts more, Deelia gets a new inspiration for her art, and Lydia finds a reason to live.]]
23rd Jan '17 10:00:35 PM ThallianGold
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** Subverted when a few moments later she attempts to say it anyway before Barbara and Adam intervene.


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** Otho is portrayed as a pompous and opportunistic con man at best. Even he's horrified at what his bumbling nearly does to the Maitlands.
** Subverted with Juno and the rest of the afterlife bureaucracy. They don't care about the damage Betelgeuse causes, per se, just that he attracts too much attention.


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** The Lost Souls Room foreshadows the potential fate of the Maitlands.


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** Especially bad since Barbara did this earlier in the film.


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** Betelgeuse inflicts Otho with this in the climax.


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** Maxie Dean and his wife are strangely unmoved at the Maitlands withering away in front of them, instead wowed by Betelgeuse's antics.


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** Otho seemingly gets off with nothing more than a torn suit and a bad replacement.


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** The Deetzes as well, particularly Delia. Lydia is something of a ColdHam as her suicide note illustrates.
7th Jan '17 3:39:15 PM LadyNorbert
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* ShoutOut
** The fly screams "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help me! Help meeeeeeeeee!]]" when trapped by Betelguese. The presence of Creator/GeenaDavis makes this an ActorAllusion.
** "[[Film/DirtyHarry Go ahead, make my millennium!]]"
** During the sequence where Adam and Barbara enter Juno's office and see her speaking to the recently deceased football team, a movie theater full of ghosts can be seen through Juno's office window. Two of those ghosts appear to be [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Jake and Elwood Blues]].
7th Jan '17 3:38:43 PM LadyNorbert
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* OnlyOneName: Beetlejuice, Juno, and Otho are only ever identified by those names. Presumably Otho has a full name, but whether "Otho" is his first name, his last name, or something else entirely is never stated.

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* OnlyOneName: Beetlejuice, Betelgeuse, Juno, and Otho are only ever identified by those names. Presumably Otho has a full name, but whether "Otho" is his first name, his last name, or something else entirely is never stated.
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