History Film / DonnieDarko

18th Aug '17 12:00:37 AM HiddenWindshield
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** Nothing but hits in 1988 would have been Music/DefLeppard, Music/GunsNRoses. Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen, Music/TheChurch and Music/JoyDivision are much more popular now than they were in the 80s, where they were at best MTV novelties in American suburbia at the time, and [[CultSoundtrack associated with self-styled outcasts and art kids]]. It is notable that most of it, with the exception of 'Under the Milky Way" had been released several years before the events of the film, which would be realistic for the time.
17th Aug '17 11:53:48 PM HiddenWindshield
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* TheFundamentalist: Ms. Kitty Farmer, the school' crusadingly Puritan teacher.

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* TheFundamentalist: Ms. Kitty Farmer, the school' school's crusadingly Puritan teacher.
26th Jun '17 11:57:24 PM BlackSwan81
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** Donnie's friend suggests that "someone oughta write that bitch [Grandma Death/Roberta Sparrow]." [[spoiler: Later in the film, Donnie does just that.]]



* GoshdangItToHeck: Mrs. Farmer doesn't swear; when Donnie is sent to the principal's office after snapping at her, she claims that "he asked [her] to forcibly insert the lifeline exercise card into [her] anus!"

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* GoshdangItToHeck: Mrs. Farmer doesn't swear; swear, so when Donnie is sent to the principal's office after snapping at her, she claims that "he asked [her] to forcibly insert the lifeline exercise card into [her] anus!"
26th Jun '17 4:36:31 AM BlackSwan81
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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Jim Cunningham, a motivational speaker who is adored by the school faculty. [[spoiler: He's also a closet pedophile.]]
6th May '17 4:49:34 PM eroock
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* HeroicSuicide: He sacrifices his existence to save his loved ones.

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* %%* HeroicSuicide: He sacrifices his existence to save his loved ones. see more specific trope SuicideForOthersHappiness.
6th May '17 3:16:55 PM KenmonoBrettSmith
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%%* HeroicSacrifice: see more specific trope SuicideForOthersHappiness

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%%* HeroicSacrifice: see more specific trope SuicideForOthersHappinessSuicideForOthersHappiness.
* HeroicSuicide: He sacrifices his existence to save his loved ones.
30th Apr '17 5:01:46 AM eroock
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Reportedly, the movie was set in TheEighties because that's when Richard Kelly grew up and he [[WriteWhatYouKnow wouldn't be able to write a coming of age story in the 2000's due to lack of frame of reference]].
29th Apr '17 10:22:38 PM Golondrina
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* TheEighties:
** Complete with a TV debate between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.
** WordOfGod says that it was set in TheEighties because that's when Richard Kelly grew up and he [[WriteWhatYouKnow wouldn't be able to write a coming of age story in the 2000's due to lack of frame of reference]].



* TheEighties:
** Complete with a TV debate between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis.
** WordOfGod says that it was set in TheEighties because that's when Richard Kelly grew up and he [[WriteWhatYouKnow wouldn't be able to write a coming of age story in the 2000's due to lack of frame of reference]].
14th Apr '17 5:20:57 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Corpsing}}: Beth Grant made Richard Kelly laugh so much when reading her line "he told me to forcibly insert these cards into my anus!" he had to leave the set.
22nd Feb '17 5:07:54 PM eroock
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* FunnyForeigner: Cherita Chen has an accent that doesn't exactly match her (presumably) Chinese heritage, and is bullied.



* FunnyForeigner: Cherita Chen has an accent that doesn't exactly match her (presumably) Chinese heritage, and is bullied.



%%* MoralGuardians: Mrs. Farmer



%%* MoralGuardians: Mrs. Farmer



* PowerHair: Ms. Farmer. Only scene (not including the end) when she doesn't sport it, she's at the end of her rope.



* PowerHair: Ms. Farmer. Only scene (not including the end) when she doesn't sport it, she's at the end of her rope.



* StableTimeLoop: One exists entirely inside the alternate universe: [[spoiler:Frank saves Donnie from being killed so that Donnie can be there to send the engine back. Along the way Donnie shoots Frank in the eye and kills him. Frank's ghost, still in the bunny suit and still missing an eye, then travels back and saves Donnie, starting the loop over.]]



* StableTimeLoop: One exists entirely inside the alternate universe: [[spoiler:Frank saves Donnie from being killed so that Donnie can be there to send the engine back. Along the way Donnie shoots Frank in the eye and kills him. Frank's ghost, still in the bunny suit and still missing an eye, then travels back and saves Donnie, starting the loop over.]]
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