History Film / BoogieNights

3rd Aug '17 5:00:14 PM eroock
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Played for drama, when Jack Horner refuses to convert from shooting his movies on film to shooting on VHS as he believes that he's DoingItForTheArt and his audience will not turn away to watch amateurs instead of professionals doing the thing. Unfortunately, the pornographic industry as well as its customers don't agree with him.


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Played for drama in-universe. Jack Horner refuses to convert from shooting his movies on film to shooting on VHS as he's DoingItForTheArt and he believes video limits the quality of the image and cheapens the whole pornographic industry because any amateur could stick a cassette in a camera. Unfortunately, the industry as well as its customers don't agree with him.
3rd Aug '17 4:47:47 PM eroock
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* DomesticAbuse: A deleted subplot featured one of the porn stars, Becky, get out of the industry through marriage only for her husband to turn out to be a violently insecure man who would beat her. It was removed after the director felt that seeing ''all'' of the characters have horrible lives [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy would have been too depressing]].
3rd Aug '17 4:47:17 PM eroock
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Buck is easing his way out of the porn business, and he and pregnant Jesse, who have had a business loan turned down by the bank because of their porn careers, console themselves with baked goods. [[spoiler:Buck goes into a donut shop late one night, whereupon a guy comes in with a gun and demands the contents of the safe. Beautifully averted, in that the only other customer pulls a gun and shoots the stick-up guy, who in falling over shoots the customer, whose gun goes off in his dying hand and shoots the clerk, whose brains splatter all over Buck -- who is unharmed. Traumatised but clear-headed, he grabs the bag full of the contents of the safe and hightails it out of there, subsequently using it to fund the hi-fi outlet.]]
3rd Aug '17 4:46:43 PM eroock
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* CoitusUninterruptus: {{Subverted}} with Little Bill's wife. He walks in on her or otherwise discovers her having sex with another man several times during the first half of the film, and she simply carries on as though he isn't there.

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* CoitusUninterruptus: {{Subverted}} A RunningGag with Little Bill's wife. He walks Bill walking in on her or otherwise discovers her his wife having sex with another man several times during the first half of the film, and she simply carries on as though he isn't there.there.
* ContrastMontage: More of a Parallel Montage. In the 80s, Jack's attempt to film a random person on the street having sex with Rollergirl in the back seat of a limo are intercut with Dirk being asked to masturbate for another man's entertainment in a pickup truck. It's revealed at the end of both scenes that they're in the same place, with the pickup trucks joining the same road that the limo is driving down.



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Literally handed out to Rollergirl's insulting former classmate. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown With roller skates.]]]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Literally Literally handed out to Rollergirl's insulting former classmate. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown With Finished off with [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge her kicking him with her roller skates.]]]]skates]] while he was [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown lying in his blood]]. Dirk suffers a similar fate as he is beaten up by a gang of homophobes.



* DoubleEntendre: Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come inside us."



* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Happens to Dirk when he is beaten up by a gang of homophobes.



** Similarly, Amber Waves' custodial problems were inspired by those that Veronica Hart went through. Hart even has a cameo as the judge presiding over Amber's case.

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** Similarly, Amber Waves' custodial problems were inspired by those that Veronica Hart went through. Hart even has a cameo RealPersonCameo as the judge presiding over Amber's case.



** Several elements of the film (including settings) were from a documentary called "Exhausted": the John Holmes story. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEvkk_-lSA Here is Anderson commentating over that film]].

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** Several elements of the film (including settings) were from a documentary called "Exhausted": ''"Exhausted": the John Holmes story. [[http://www.story''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEvkk_-lSA com/watch?v=HpjtQ0D_wB8 Here is Anderson commentating over that film]].



* StealthPun: Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come inside us."



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: In the 80s, Jack's attempt to film a random person on the street having sex with Rollergirl in the back seat of a limo are intercut with Dirk being asked to masturbate for another man's entertainment in a pickup truck. It's revealed at the end of both scenes that they're in the same place, with the pickup trucks joining the same road that the limo is driving down.
3rd Aug '17 4:35:27 PM eroock
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* HollywoodToneDeaf: Dirk's ill-advised foray into music. Bear in mind that Mark Wahlberg's was the front man of ''The Funky Bunch''.



** Dirk's ill-advised foray into music, made funnier when you bear in mind Mark Wahlberg's previous life in The Funky Bunch.
3rd Aug '17 4:33:29 PM eroock
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* AlliterativeName: Dirk Diggler, Reed Rothchild and Becky Barnett.



* BeatBag: Dirk and his friends attempt this on Rahad Jackson. They might have gotten away with passing off talcum powder as heroin if a coked-up Todd hadn't gotten more demanding, causing the whole scam to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].



* {{Cuckold}}: A RunningGag has Little Bill catch his wife having sex with strangers while [[SleepsWithEveryoneButYou supposedly he doesn't get any action from her]].



* DoorClosesEnding: The last shot is of Dirk exiting through the door of his changing room, ready to make another film.



* DutchAngle: Used twice. First time when Eddie announces he will do porn, which underscores the turn his life will take. Second time when he is introduced to the new guy, Johnny Doe. His life again will turn again, for the worse this time.



* TheGrovel: A heartwarming reconciliation scene towards the end when Dirk returns to Jack's home to apologize for him turning away from the "family".



* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Reed and Becky tilt their heads in astonishment behind the camera when Dirk presents his member to Amber during their first shoot.



* IconicItem: Rollergirl's skates.



* IconicItem: Rollergirl's skates.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Played for drama, when Jack Horner refuses to convert from shooting his movies on film to shooting on VHS as he believes that he's DoingItForTheArt and his audience will not turn away to watch amateurs instead of professionals doing the thing. Unfortunately, the pornographic industry as well as its customers don't agree with him.



* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Happens to Dirk when he is beaten up by a gang of homophobes.



* LightswitchSurprise: Eddie's mother is waiting for him when he returns from a night out at Jack Horner's house. She makes a horrible scene which causes Eddie to leave home and move in with Jack.



* MirrorMonologue: Dirk Diggler's last scene where he preps himself in front of a mirror. This was based on John Holmes, who said he liked to rehearse in bathrooms because "It's usually the only room in the house that has a lock on the door."



* PersonalArcade: Dirk Digger has a ''Hot Line'' pinball game at his house.



* PornWithPlot: Jack's dream is to make a movie so compelling that his audience won't leave when they're "finished".



* RoundTableShot: The scene where Dirk, Reed, and Todd plot their visit to Rahad Jackson's house.



* RoundTableShot: The scene where Dirk, Reed, and Todd plot their visit to Rahad Jackson's house.


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* TitledAfterTheSong: The film was named after the 1977 Heatwave song, though it's not on the soundtrack.


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* TwoDecadesBehind: The movie came out in 1997 while the story is set in the late 1970s/early 1980s.


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* WatchThePaintJob: Downplayed. If you watch closely you can see Dirk Diggler's treasured Corvette showing up near the end of the movie with unexplained collision damage to its front end. This is explained in a DeletedScene, where he smashes it into a telephone pole while racing to save Becky Barnett from being beaten by her husband.
11th Feb '17 12:20:43 PM mlsmithca
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* StealthPun: Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come insude us."

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* StealthPun: Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come insude inside us."
2nd Feb '17 10:22:28 AM madius
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* ChekhovsSkill: Reed's skills as [[spoiler:a magician come into play in his epilogue, where he is a professional illusionist.]]


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* DroneOfDread: The held low note and orchestral bell that dominate Dirk and Rollergirl's [[TwoLinesNoWaiting separate misadventures]] in the 80s.


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* GagPenis: Played for both drama and comedy. Eddie Adams' huge member gets him a job as porn star Dirk Diggler. Each time he pulls it out, people stare in awe. [[spoiler: The final shot of the film concludes with Dirk pulling it out in front of the mirror. The actual penis was a prosthetic that Mark Wahlberg wore for the shot.]]


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* SoundtrackDissonance: A few scenes use this trope to great effect.
** Dirk and Rollergirl's impromptu first time having sex is scored by Rollergirl's choice of song: Melanie's "Brand New Key".
** The tense Drug Heist scene is scored by Night Ranger's "Sister Christian", Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl", and Nena's "99 Luftballons". This isn't helped by the young Chinese boy in the room, who is lighting and throwing firecrackers around.


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* StealthPun: Buck's audio store commercial ends with him asking customers to "come insude us."


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* TitleCard: "80s" and "Long Way Down (One Last Thing)" are the two title cards, which appear roughly 1.5 and 2 hours into the film, respectively.


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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: In the 80s, Jack's attempt to film a random person on the street having sex with Rollergirl in the back seat of a limo are intercut with Dirk being asked to masturbate for another man's entertainment in a pickup truck. It's revealed at the end of both scenes that they're in the same place, with the pickup trucks joining the same road that the limo is driving down.
17th Jan '17 6:09:07 PM Mdumas43073
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24th Sep '16 9:31:49 AM nombretomado
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* [[IKnowKarate I Know Fucking Karate]]: He's an actor in action-themed porn movies. ''Of course'' Dirk Diggler knows karate. His BruceLee posters tip off the viewer.

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* [[IKnowKarate I Know Fucking Karate]]: He's an actor in action-themed porn movies. ''Of course'' Dirk Diggler knows karate. His BruceLee Creator/BruceLee posters tip off the viewer.
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