History Film / DonnieDarko

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.]]
22nd Feb '17 5:05:09 PM eroock
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* StrangerBehindTheMask: The masked stranger Frank knows Donnie, but Donnie (and the audience) hasn't met him yet.

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* StrangerBehindTheMask: The Frank, the masked stranger Frank stranger, knows Donnie, Donnie -- but Donnie (and the audience) hasn't met him yet.
22nd Feb '17 5:03:04 PM eroock
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* MindScrewDriver: Donnie receives a book on time travel from his science teacher, time traveling also being the central plot driving device of the movie. A director's cut released a few years after the original DVD release briefly cuts to pages from said book, where the mechanics of time travel in this movie are explained - which is vital to figuring out what the hell is going on. The book was later actually published and released. It explains most of the background and events present in the movie. Yet while it explains some of the time travel mechanics, the closest thing we have to an explanation of where Frank came from or who is manipulating Donnie is a couple lines [[WordOfGod in the commentary]] saying that [[ShrugOfGod maybe]] it's [[AWizardDidIt God.]] Or [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens aliens]]. [[ShrugOfGod Whatever]].

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* MindScrewDriver: MindScrewdriver: Donnie receives a book on time travel from his science teacher, time traveling also being the central plot driving device of the movie. A director's cut released a few years after the original DVD release briefly cuts to pages from said book, where the mechanics of time travel in this movie are explained - which is vital to figuring out what the hell is going on. The book was later actually published and released. It explains most of the background and events present in the movie. Yet while it explains some of the time travel mechanics, the closest thing we have to an explanation of where Frank came from or who is manipulating Donnie is a couple lines [[WordOfGod in the commentary]] saying that [[ShrugOfGod maybe]] it's [[AWizardDidIt God.]] Or [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens aliens]]. [[ShrugOfGod Whatever]].
22nd Feb '17 5:00:52 PM eroock
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* GilliganCut: When Donnie suggests to throw a party while his parents are away, his sister agrees under the condition it would be a small party. Cut to the next revealing that half the school is attending the party.

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* GilliganCut: When Donnie suggests to throw a party while his parents are away, his sister agrees under the condition it would be a small party. Cut to the next scene revealing that half the school is attending the party.
22nd Feb '17 4:58:48 PM eroock
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* FiredTeacher: Ms. Pomeroy is fired from her job for some reason or other.

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* FiredTeacher: Ms. Pomeroy is fired from her job for some reason or other.teaching "offensive" literature.
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