History Film / DetroitRockCity

11th May '16 7:49:08 PM ninjadude853
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* IronicEcho: "Tisk, tisk, tisk. I was really hoping things would work out for you. You got spunk." [[spoiler: First spoken by Chongo's little brother to Trip after Trip failed to come up with the $200 needed to buy his way out of an ass-kicking, and later spoken by Trip after he successfully convinced the guards that Chongo and his crew beat them up (see LaserGuidedAmnesia below) for their KISS tickets.]]

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* IronicEcho: "Tisk, tisk, tisk. I was really hoping things would work out for you. You got spunk." [[spoiler: First spoken by Chongo's little brother to Trip after Trip failed to come up with the $200 needed to buy his way out of an ass-kicking, and later spoken by Trip after he successfully convinced the guards that Chongo and his crew beat them up (see LaserGuidedAmnesia LaserGuidedKarma below) for their KISS tickets.]]



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Shortly after Chongo beat up Trip, Trip claimed that Chongo and his crew beat up the main four boys and stole their tickets.]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Shortly after Chongo beat up Trip, Trip claimed that Chongo and his crew beat up the main four boys and stole their tickets.]]
15th Apr '16 12:01:10 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The group would have been able to go to the concert without a hitch if Jam had hidden his records in a better hiding place than a Carly Simon album cover to avoid detection at home. Since he did, and his mom found the record, she kicked off the entire plot of the movie by dragging him home, while he has Trip's jacket, finding (and destroying) the tickets in said jacket, and sending him to boarding school.
16th Dec '15 7:18:54 PM Doug86
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* SexAsARiteOfPassage: After losing his virginity to [[spoiler: Beth]], Jam finally works up the courage to stand up to his mother, and acts noticeably more self-confident and less meek for the remainder of the film.

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* SexAsARiteOfPassage: SexAsRiteOfPassage: After losing his virginity to [[spoiler: Beth]], Jam finally works up the courage to stand up to his mother, and acts noticeably more self-confident and less meek for the remainder of the film.
13th Nov '15 11:27:10 PM DocWildNole
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The group would have been able to go to the concert without a hitch if Jam had hidden his records in a better hiding place than a Carly Simon album cover to avoid detection at home. Since he did, and his mom found the record, she kicked off the entire plot of the movie by dragging him home, Trip's jacket, finding (and destroying) the tickets in said jacket, and sending him to boarding school.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The group would have been able to go to the concert without a hitch if Jam had hidden his records in a better hiding place than a Carly Simon album cover to avoid detection at home. Since he did, and his mom found the record, she kicked off the entire plot of the movie by dragging him home, while he has Trip's jacket, finding (and destroying) the tickets in said jacket, and sending him to boarding school.



* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Trip hung up before the DJ asked for his contact information to ensure the gang would actually ''get'' the tickets they had won on the radio.]]

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* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero: When the gang seems to have miraculously obtained a second set of tickets to the sold-out concert, [[spoiler: Trip hung up before the DJ asked for his contact information to ensure the gang would actually ''get'' the tickets passes they had won on the radio.]]]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If [[spoiler: Chongo and his little brother]] hadn't decided to PayEvilUntoEvil by actually robbing [[spoiler: Trip]] of his wallet -- with KISS Army ID -- the boys would've never made the show.



* TestosteronePoisoning: Kenny and Bobby are a pair of cocky, aggressively macho disco fans.

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* TestosteronePoisoning: A recurring motif...
** On the drive to the show, the band encounters
Kenny and Bobby are Bobby, a pair of cocky, aggressively macho disco fans.fans.
** Backstage, the bouncers are so eager to eject Lex that they lay hands on an actual roadie by mistake:
--> ''Roadie'': Keep your paws to yourself, ya dumb fuckin' apes.
** Lex goes from the frying pan into the fire with the "Beefy Jerks" (script description) in the chop shop.
** Finally and ultimately, Chongo and his buddies.
* ThatNostalgiaShow: For TheSeventies (as numerous entires imply) and, specifically, for the height of KISS-mania.
13th Nov '15 12:48:43 PM DocWildNole
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** Jam has to confess how he feels to the girl he likes, as well as stand up to his mother.

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** Jam has to confess how he feels to the girl he likes, as well as stand up to his mother.



* FailedASpotCheck: Jam is happily passing the time in study hall filling his notebook with variations on the [=KISS=] logo and touching up the "Mystery" logo on his drumstick. Right next to him, Beth, his gorgeous classmate, has filled ''her'' notebook with hearts containing "Beth + Jeremiah," "I Love Jeremiah" and the like... and he never notices.



* SexAsARiteOfPassage: [[spoiler:After losing his virginity to Beth, Jam finally works up the courage to stand up to his mother, and acts noticeably more self-confident and less meek for the remainder of the film.]]

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* SexAsARiteOfPassage: [[spoiler:After After losing his virginity to Beth, [[spoiler: Beth]], Jam finally works up the courage to stand up to his mother, and acts noticeably more self-confident and less meek for the remainder of the film.]]



* VomitIndiscretionShot: [[spoiler:In an attempt to overcome his stage fright, Hawk drinks a large amount of alcohol before performing his strip tease. This results in him throwing up onstage and filling up ''an entire pitcher''.]]

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* VomitIndiscretionShot: [[spoiler:In In an attempt to overcome his stage fright, Hawk drinks a large amount of alcohol before performing his strip tease. This results in him throwing up onstage and filling up ''an entire pitcher''.]]
14th Jun '15 7:37:07 PM darkjezter
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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: [[spoiler:Two car thieves accidentally kidnap Christine because she happened to be asleep on the backseat of the stolen Volvo. When the car thieves realize she's there, they tie her up and imply that they're going to rape her and then kill her. This is surprisingly dark considering that the movie is a teen comedy.]]
19th Oct '14 3:28:40 PM rt2012
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* KnightTemplarParent: Jam's mom, big time.
24th Sep '14 2:54:11 PM RampinUp46
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* IronicEcho: "Tisk, tisk, tisk. I was really hoping things would work out for you. You got spunk." [[spoiler: First spoken by Chongo's little brother to Trip after Trip failed to come up with the $200 needed to buy his way out of an ass-kicking, and later spoken by Trip after he successfully convinced the guards that Chongo and his crew beat them up (see LaserGuidedAmnesia below) for their KISS tickets.]]



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:After Chongo beat up Trip anyway, Trip lied that Chongo and his crew beat them up and stole their tickets.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Trip:''' [[IronicEcho I really hoped things would work out. You got spunk]].]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:After [[spoiler: Shortly after Chongo beat up Trip, Trip anyway, Trip lied claimed that Chongo and his crew beat them up the main four boys and stole their tickets.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Trip:''' [[IronicEcho Tisk, tisk, tisk, my midget weaselly friend. I was really hoped hoping things would work out. You got spunk]].]]



* MyBelovedSmother: Jam's chain-smoking, bible-thumping mom who burns the gang's KISS tickets. She doesn't even let him get dressed in private after picking her son up from Lex's house.

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* MyBelovedSmother: Jam's chain-smoking, bible-thumping mom who burns the gang's KISS tickets. She doesn't even let him get dressed in private after picking her son up from Lex's house.house the night after she found his "demonic KISS record".



** Jam has this reaction when he's wandering the streets of Detroit in search of KISS tickets, and realizes that his mom's "church meeting" is the Mothers Against The Music Of KISS rally outside of the show.

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** Jam has this reaction when he's wandering the streets of Detroit in search of KISS tickets, and realizes that his mom's "church meeting" that she was going to be at for the entire night is the [[MoralGuardians Mothers Against The Music Of KISS KISS]] rally outside of the show.



--> '''Jam:''' "Then all you have to do is go to church, light a candle, and pray to some stupid little statue for me and all is forgiven and forgotten, right mom? [[MoralGuardians Then you can spend your days in a guilt free pursuit of more constructive activities like telling everybody ''else'' how screwed up ''their'' lives are!]] And then you no longer need the patience and understanding required to talk to your own son on some normal plain! And then that way you don't have to ''think'' about how tough it was for you when you were growing up, and its probably a good thing too, 'cause if you did, you'd realize what a ''lousy, goddamn, shitty-ass '''parent''' you are!''"

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--> '''Jam:''' "Then all you have to do is go to church, light a candle, and pray to some stupid little statue for me and all is forgiven and forgotten, right mom? [[MoralGuardians Then you can spend your days in a guilt free pursuit of more constructive activities like telling everybody ''else'' everybody]] ''[[MoralGuardians else]]'' [[MoralGuardians how screwed up ''their'' up]] ''[[MoralGuardians their]]'' [[MoralGuardians lives are!]] And then you no longer need the patience and understanding required to talk to your own son on some normal plain! And then that way you don't have to ''think'' about how tough it was for you when you were growing up, and its probably a good thing too, 'cause if you did, you'd realize what a ''lousy, goddamn, shitty-ass '''parent''' you are!''"
24th Sep '14 2:43:09 PM RampinUp46
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''Detroit Rock City'' is a 1999 comedy film staring Creator/EdwardFurlong, Guiseppe Andrews, JamesDeBello, and Sam Huntington. Set in January of 1978, the film follows four high school students who are trying to gain entry to a sold-out Music/{{KISS}} concert. The film was a box office flop and was met with mixed reviews from critics, but among KISS fans it has become a CultClassic.

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''Detroit Rock City'' is a 1999 comedy film staring Creator/EdwardFurlong, Guiseppe Andrews, JamesDeBello, and Sam Huntington. Set in January of 1978, the film follows the journey of four high school students who are trying to gain entry to a sold-out Music/{{KISS}} concert. concert after their tickets are destroyed by an over-zealous parent. The film was a box office flop and was met with mixed reviews from critics, but among KISS fans (as well as among people who dislike KISS/rock music in general, surprisingly) it has become a CultClassic.



* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Inverted; Jam is the sweetest of the four.

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--> '''Jam's Mom:''' "God forbid you have a son like you one day Jeremiah - a boy who lies through his teeth, buys demonic records, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking smokes the]] [[TheStoner dope.]]"
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Inverted; Inverted and referenced; Jam is easily the sweetest of the four.four, and at one point, he's ridiculed by his other bandmates for being a drummer without "some fucking balls".



* BerserkButton: When Kenny and Bobby destroy Hawk's ''Love Gun'' 8-track, it prompts Hawk to retaliate with violence. His friends quickly follow suit.
** Hawk loses it again when his half-witted bandmate [[spoiler: it's Trip]] costs them a set of replacement tickets.
* BigNo
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:While the boys did succeed in their goal of making it to the KISS concert, Jam may spend the next 2 years at a religious boarding school where he'll be cut off from his friends and likely miserable.... or perhaps not, given that [[CallingTheOldManOut he did stand up to his mom]].]]
* ChekhovsGun: Trip's stolen wallet.

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* BerserkButton: When Kenny and Bobby destroy Hawk's ''Love Gun'' 8-track, it prompts Hawk to retaliate with violence. His friends quickly follow suit.
suit, resulting in Kenny and Bobby tied to a guardrail with KISS inspired "fag makeup" on their faces, and their car driven into a ditch.
** Hawk loses it again goes absolutely ballistic when his half-witted bandmate [[spoiler: it's Trip]] costs them a set of replacement tickets.
tickets, and literally has to be pulled off of him.
* BigNo
BigNo: Elvis belts out one of these when the boys successfully leave school property.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:While the boys did succeed in their goal of making it to the KISS concert, concert - as well as showing some CharacterDevelopment along the way - Jam may spend mentions that he'll be spending the next 2 two years of his life at a religious boarding school (that openly admitted that they have no problem punishing him for the slightest infraction, but that they'll never expel him even for the largest) where he'll be cut off from his friends and likely miserable.... or perhaps not, given that [[CallingTheOldManOut he did stand up to his mom]].]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Trip's stolen wallet.]]
* CoincidentalBroadcast: The boys rig up a radio to play music in class to cheer them up after their tickets are destroyed. The very first thing they run into is a broadcast advertising a giveaway for four tickets and four backstage passes to the KISS show.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After Trip calls Lex's mom a "dyke":
--> '''Lex:''' "Just because she's a female gynecologist, that doesn't mean she's a lesbian. And even if she was, at least my mom didn't give birth to me while she was on ''LSD''."
--> '''Trip:''' "'Shrooms!"



** A brown Volvo sedan with "OB GYN" custom license plates, at that.



** [[spoiler: The boys' plot to beat the hell out of each other and say they were mugged for their KISS tickets in a last ditch effort to get inside is about to fail, when Trip notices Chongo, his little brother, and their group of friends - who actually ''did'' mug him - in the audience. He points them out and identifies the contents of his wallet to the security guard, backing up their claim, and the boys get inside the show without a hitch.]]
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The group would have been able to go to the concert without a hitch if Jam had hidden his records in a better hiding place than a Carly Simon album cover to avoid detection at home. Since he did, and his mom found the record, she kicked off the entire plot of the movie by dragging him home, Trip's jacket, finding (and destroying) the tickets in said jacket, and sending him to boarding school.



* GarageBand: Mystery

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* ForWantOfANail: See CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot above.
* GarageBand: MysteryMystery, the band that the boys are in. Despite this, they haven't officially played a show, due to Hawk's stage fright leading him to "drop like a dead deer" before their first show at a party.



* MyBelovedSmother: Jam's chain-smoking, bible-thumping mom who burns the gang's KISS tickets. She doesn't even let him get dressed in private.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Trip hung up before the DJ asked his name and address.]]

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* MyBelovedSmother: Jam's chain-smoking, bible-thumping mom who burns the gang's KISS tickets. She doesn't even let him get dressed in private.
private after picking her son up from Lex's house.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Trip hung up before the DJ asked for his name and address.contact information to ensure the gang would actually ''get'' the tickets they had won on the radio.]]



* OhCrap:
** The boys have this reaction when Jam's mom burns the tickets in front of them.
** Jam has this reaction when he's wandering the streets of Detroit in search of KISS tickets, and realizes that his mom's "church meeting" is the Mothers Against The Music Of KISS rally outside of the show.
--> '''Jam:''' "...''Shit.''"



** All of the KISS merchandise shown in the film is genuine, coming from a private collection, and hand picked to ensure AnachronismStew was averted. One of the DVD extras has an anecdote where someone (this troper forgets who it was) walked onto the set, spotted an almost hidden piece of merch in the background, and tosses it away, saying that it wasn't time-accurate.



* TheStoner: All of them to different degrees.

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* StageNames: The main four boys are referred to by these as their standard names throughout the movie. The only character whose name is revealed is Jam (real name Jeremiah Bruce). Trip, Lex, and Hawk's real names are never identified.
* TheStoner: All of them to different degrees.degrees, but especially Trip. He's almost literally a walking stoner stereotype (he has long hair, slurred speech peppered with "dude" and "man", a beanie, a jacket with a pot leaf on the back...), and he's even referred to as a burnout by multiple characters.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jam's speech delivered to his mother (which overlaps with a ShutUpHannibal moment) definitely counts:
--> '''Jam:''' "Hey, what's up mom? I'm gonna ask you this nicely first. Can I have my drumsticks back?"
--> '''Mrs. Bruce:''' "Your ''drumsticks'' are the least of your worries young man! You ran out on God! My son just ran out on God! You are in a world of-"
--> '''Jam:''' "Trouble?" *laughs* "I've been in trouble for the past twelve hours! ''Hello?!'' You know I'm going to be in St. Bernard's Boarding School for the next two years of my life, remember?"
--> '''Mrs. Bruce:''' "Yes!"
--> '''Jam:''' "I am going to be out of your hair until I am a ''legal adult!''"
--> '''Mrs. Bruce:''' "Yes!"
--> '''Jam:''' "Then all you have to do is go to church, light a candle, and pray to some stupid little statue for me and all is forgiven and forgotten, right mom? [[MoralGuardians Then you can spend your days in a guilt free pursuit of more constructive activities like telling everybody ''else'' how screwed up ''their'' lives are!]] And then you no longer need the patience and understanding required to talk to your own son on some normal plain! And then that way you don't have to ''think'' about how tough it was for you when you were growing up, and its probably a good thing too, 'cause if you did, you'd realize what a ''lousy, goddamn, shitty-ass '''parent''' you are!''"
--> '''Mrs. Bruce:''' *stunned* "Jeremiah... what has gotten into you?"
--> '''Jam:''' *picks up a bullhorn and yells into it* "I just lost my virginity in a confessional booth! '' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Lord! Have! Mercy!]]''' '' Now, for the last time... Mom...give me back my ''fucking'' drumsticks! *beat* ...please."
4th Sep '14 4:02:34 PM TitoMosquito
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* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero: Trip hung up before the DJ asked his name and address.]]
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