History Film / Dave

24th Sep '16 11:44:46 AM dotchan
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* CelebrityImpersonator: Dave was had a side business impersonating President Mitchell even before he was picked up to do this "gig".

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* CelebrityImpersonator: Dave was had a side business impersonating President Mitchell even before he was picked up to do this "gig".
23rd Sep '16 7:39:43 AM Mdumas43073
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''Dave'' is a 1993 film directed by Ivan Reitman. More or less, it's ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' [[SettingUpdate updated]] to the modern-day United States.

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''Dave'' is a 1993 comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. More or less, it's ''Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' [[SettingUpdate updated]] to the modern-day United States.
24th Aug '16 8:51:03 PM Chariset
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* BecomingTheMask: In terms of assuming his position as President. Fortunately, he doesn't become the {{Jerkass}} the real President Mitchell was, though his performance ''does'' redeem his character.

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* BecomingTheMask: In terms of assuming his position as President. Fortunately, he doesn't become the {{Jerkass}} the real President Mitchell was, though his performance ''does'' redeem his character.was; in fact, he somewhat redeems the real Mitchell's reputation.



* ChekhovsGunman: Dave's friend Murray, who runs an accounting office where Dave frequently finds temp jobs for his clients. [[spoiler:he gets called to the White House for, of all things, ''balancing the federal budget.'']]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Dave's friend Murray, who runs an accounting office where Dave frequently finds temp jobs for his clients. [[spoiler:he He gets called to the White House for, of all things, ''balancing the federal budget.'']]''



* DecoyLeader
* DysfunctionalFamily: This is the reason why the ManipulativeBastard dares to pull this off - the real president and his wife are so estranged that they barely talk anymore to each other. Unfortunately, no one counted on Dave being a much better match for Mrs. Mitchell than her husband...

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* DecoyLeader
* DysfunctionalFamily: This is the reason why the ManipulativeBastard dares to pull this off - -- the real president and his wife are so estranged that they barely talk anymore to each other. Unfortunately, no one counted on Dave being a much better match for Mrs. Mitchell than her husband...



* OhCrap: Bob Alexander [[spoiler:when Dave produces evidence at the end that ''he'' was involved in the savings and loan scandal as well.]] He's basically reduced to staring at his television in horrified slack-jawed catatonia.

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* OhCrap: Bob Alexander [[spoiler:when when Dave produces evidence at the end that ''he'' was involved in the savings and loan scandal as well.]] well. He's basically reduced to staring at his television in horrified slack-jawed catatonia.



* {{Portmanteau}}

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* {{Portmanteau}}{{Portmanteau}}: Dave stumbles for an excuse for his leave of absence and claims he's going to marry a half-Polynesian, half-American princess. "She's... Amnesian."
24th Aug '16 8:46:15 PM Chariset
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** Bob Alexander, when [[spoiler:Dave admits in front of Congress that President Mitchell had been involved in a savings and loan scandal. He changes his tune moments later when Dave produces evidence that ''he'' was involved as well]].

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** Bob Alexander, when [[spoiler:Dave admits Dave confesses in front of Congress that President Mitchell had been involved in a savings and loan scandal. He changes his tune moments later when Dave produces evidence that ''he'' was involved as well]].well.



* BluffTheImpostor: How [[spoiler: the President's wife]] confirms Dave isn't who he says he is.

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* BluffTheImpostor: How [[spoiler: the President's wife]] wife confirms Dave isn't who he says he is.



* CollapsedMidSpeech: [[spoiler:Dave {{invoke|dTrope}}s this. He gives a big speech to Congress, then stutters, stumbles and collapses just after the important confession part, supposedly with a stroke so they can switch the real president back in.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: Creator/OliverStone appears AsHimself on Larry King's show, saying he's noted key facial differences between Pres. Mitchell pre-and-post stroke, and that's most assuredly ''not'' crazy.

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* CollapsedMidSpeech: [[spoiler:Dave {{invoke|dTrope}}s this. The ruse Dave uses to hand off his presidency. He gives a big speech to Congress, then stutters, stumbles and collapses just after the important confession part, supposedly with a stroke so they can switch the real president back in.]]
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Creator/OliverStone appears AsHimself on Larry King's show, saying he's noted key facial differences between Pres. President Mitchell pre-and-post stroke, and that's most assuredly ''not'' crazy.stroke.



* GilliganCut: At Alexander's house, where he watches "President Mitchell's" speech with supporters all ready to start gearing up for Alexander's own presidential run. He gets really cocky when Dave admits to Mitchell's involvement, celebrating the set-up to his own run. [[spoiler:Dave then reveals that Alexander was also involved and just as guilty. When they cut again to Alexander, mere seconds later, he's been completely abandoned.]]

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* FishOutOfWater: Dave is initially in over his head, but he soon adapts and steers the Executive Office in a better direction due to his commonsense knowledge of what's right and what's wrong.
* GilliganCut: At Alexander's house, where he watches "President Mitchell's" speech with supporters all ready to start gearing up for Alexander's own presidential run. He gets really cocky when Dave admits to Mitchell's involvement, celebrating the set-up to his own run. [[spoiler:Dave Dave then reveals that Alexander was also involved and just as guilty. When they cut again to Alexander, mere seconds later, he's been completely abandoned.]]



** Later, [[spoiler:after being fired, he tries to impeach the President by revealing his role in a savings and loan fraud. Dave admits "his" involvement, but manages to procure evidence that Alexander was also involved. Everyone deserts Alexander.]]
* HollywoodToneDeaf: The First Lady, when pretending to be an impersonator.

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** Later, [[spoiler:after after being fired, he tries to impeach the President by revealing his role in a savings and loan fraud. Dave admits "his" involvement, but manages to procure evidence that Alexander was also involved. Everyone deserts Alexander.]]
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* HollywoodToneDeaf: The Averted -- the First Lady, Lady sings about as well as an average person would. But her rough vocals clash with Dave's polished performance when pretending they have to pretend to be an impersonator.a husband/wife celebrity impersonator team.



'''Dave''': I'm the government.

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'''Dave''': I'm ''I'm'' the government.



--> '''Dave Kovic''': She's great. She's really exotic! She's a princess! She's Polynesian - well, half Polynesian, and half American. She's... Amnesian.

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--> '''Dave Kovic''': She's great. She's really exotic! She's a princess! She's Polynesian - -- well, half Polynesian, Polynesian -- and half American. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs She's... Amnesian.Amnesian]].



* NextSundayAD: [[spoiler:When Nance is sworn in at the end of the film, he's referred to as the forty-fifth president]], making Mitchell the forty-fourth president. Thus, extrapolating fictional presidencies from the time when the film was made, the story takes place in the year 2000 at the earliest and 2016 at the latest. Nevertheless, the political cameos firmly place it in TheNineties. Incidentally, UsefulNotes/BarackObama is the real forty-fourth president.

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* NextSundayAD: [[spoiler:When When Nance is sworn in at the end of the film, he's referred to as the forty-fifth president]], president, making Mitchell the forty-fourth president. Thus, extrapolating fictional presidencies from the time when the film was made, the story takes place in the year 2000 at the earliest and 2016 at the latest. Nevertheless, the political cameos firmly place it in TheNineties. Incidentally, UsefulNotes/BarackObama is the real forty-fourth president.



* OutOfCharacterAlert: The First Lady first gets suspicious of Dave [[spoiler:when she catches him checking her legs out, since the real President stopped years ago]].

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: The First Lady first gets suspicious of Dave [[spoiler:when when she catches him checking her legs out, since the real President stopped years ago]].ago.



* SelfDeprecation: Oliver Stone in his cameo, making fun of his ConspiracyTheorist public persona that arose after he made ''Film/{{JFK}}''. The irony, of course, is that he's right in this instance.

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* SelfDeprecation: Oliver Stone in his cameo, making fun of his ConspiracyTheorist public persona that arose after he made ''Film/{{JFK}}''. The irony, of course, is that he's right in this instance.right.



* ThreatBackfire: When Dave intends to go through with his job plan and Alexander refuses to let him, Dave fires him. Bob snorts that ''he's'' in charge and he'll fire Dave. After a pause, Dave says he's perfectly fine going right out and telling the press that the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter be the President of the United States just to keep himself in power. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth about Dave as well and Bob realizes that if he exposes the scheme, he'll be blamed far more than Dave and face serious jail time. Dave off-hand says he expects Bob's resignation by the time he gets back as he leaves.

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* ThreatBackfire: When Dave intends to go through with his job plan and Alexander refuses to let him, Dave fires him. Bob snorts that ''he's'' in charge and he'll fire Dave. After a pause, Dave says he's perfectly fine going right out and telling the press that the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter impostor be the President of the United States just to keep himself in power. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth about Dave as well and Bob realizes that if he exposes the scheme, he'll be blamed far more than Dave and face serious jail time. Dave off-hand says he expects Bob's resignation by the time he gets back as he leaves.



* VillainousBreakdown: At the very end, after [[spoiler: Dave has just exposed his corruption in front of Congress and the watching American people]], Bob Alexander is reduced to staring catatonically at his television in an empty house as his life completely falls apart within a matter of minutes.

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* VillainousBreakdown: At the very end, after [[spoiler: Dave has just exposed his corruption in front of Congress and the watching American people]], people, Bob Alexander is reduced to staring catatonically at his television in an empty house as his life completely falls apart within a matter of minutes.
19th Aug '16 4:19:51 PM BillWoods
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* CelebrityImpersonator: Dave was making a living impersonating the President even before he was picked up to do this "gig".

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* CelebrityImpersonator: Dave was making had a living side business impersonating the President Mitchell even before he was picked up to do this "gig".



* MeaningfulName: Mitchell's full name is William Harrison Mitchell, and the screenwriters have confirmed that he was named after UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison. Who, by the way, was the first American President to die in office.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Mitchell's full name is William Harrison Mitchell, and the screenwriters have confirmed that he was named after UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison. Who, by the way, was the first American President to die in office.office.
** Vice President Nance's name comes from [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt FDR]]'s first veep, John Nance Garner.[[note]] Who famously described his impotent office as being "not worth a bucket of warm piss".[[/note]]
3rd Jun '16 12:25:56 PM MikeW
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* ThreatBackfire: When Dave intends to go through with his job plan and Alexander refuses to let him, Dave fires him. Bob snorts that ''he's'' in charge and he'll fire Dave. After a pause, Dave says he's perfectly fine going right out and telling the press that the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter be the President of the United States just to keep his own schemes going. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth about Dave as well and Bob realizes that if he exposes the scheme, he'll be blamed far more than Dave.

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* ThreatBackfire: When Dave intends to go through with his job plan and Alexander refuses to let him, Dave fires him. Bob snorts that ''he's'' in charge and he'll fire Dave. After a pause, Dave says he's perfectly fine going right out and telling the press that the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter be the President of the United States just to keep his own schemes going. himself in power. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth about Dave as well and Bob realizes that if he exposes the scheme, he'll be blamed far more than Dave.Dave and face serious jail time. Dave off-hand says he expects Bob's resignation by the time he gets back as he leaves.
3rd Jun '16 12:23:29 PM MikeW
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* ThreatBackfire: When Dave intends to go through with his job plan and Alexander refuses to let him, Dave fires him. Bob snorts that ''he's'' in charge and he'll fire Dave. After a pause, Dave says he's perfectly fine going right out and telling the press that the White House Chief of Staff conspired to have an imposter be the President of the United States just to keep his own schemes going. When the First Lady enters, she makes it clear she knows the truth about Dave as well and Bob realizes that if he exposes the scheme, he'll be blamed far more than Dave.
18th Jan '16 4:13:59 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ChewingTheScenery: "'''YES!''' Die, you POND'''SCUM'''!!!"

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* ChewingTheScenery: "'''YES!''' Die, you POND'''SCUM'''!!!"POND''SCUM''!!!"
18th Jan '16 4:13:38 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ChewingTheScenery: "'''YES!''' Die, you PUNK '''SCUM'''!!!"

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* ChewingTheScenery: "'''YES!''' Die, you PUNK '''SCUM'''!!!"POND'''SCUM'''!!!"
23rd Dec '15 10:51:33 AM 32_Footsteps
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* SelfDeprecation: Oliver Stone in his cameo, making fun of his ConspiracyTheorist public persona that arose after he made ''Film/{{JFK}}''. The irony, of course, is that he's right in this instance.


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** More pointedly, Murray gives Dave a quick version of this as he's leaving after helping Dave with balancing the federal budget. This is when Dave realizes that the deception can't continue.
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