History Film / DonnieDarko

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.
22nd Feb '17 4:54:36 PM eroock
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* AgeInappropriateArt: Cunningham (who turns out to be a pedophile) MCs an event where local elementary school girls perform pop songs en masse in heavy makeup and skimpy clothes. The parents love it.

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* AgeInappropriateArt: Cunningham (who turns out to be a pedophile) MCs hosts an event where local elementary school girls perform pop songs en masse in heavy makeup and skimpy clothes. The parents love it.
22nd Feb '17 4:50:32 PM eroock
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* IOweYouMyLife: Frank seemingly saves Donnie from a very bizarre death, which prompts the latter to carry out any task Frank orders on him.
-->'''Donnie:''' I have to obey him. He saved my life.



* StabTheScorpion: Frank saves Donnie from a very bizarre death, [[spoiler: thus creating an alternate timeline where the world ends and certain bad people continue to hurt others longer than they would otherwise]].
** Donnie: ''"I have to obey him. He saved my life."''
22nd Feb '17 4:46:04 PM eroock
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* OnlySaneMan: Elizebeth, Cherita, Gretchen Ross, Rose, Dr. Thurman, Dr. Monnitoff, Mrs. Pomeroy and even Donnie to an extent.
** [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in [[TheFundamentalist Ms. Kitty Farmer]], who believes she is, but is shown instead to be suffering from BlackAndWhiteInsanity.

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* OnlySaneMan: Elizebeth, Cherita, Gretchen Ross, Rose, Dr. Thurman, Dr. Monnitoff, Mrs. Pomeroy and even Donnie to an extent.
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[[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in [[TheFundamentalist Ms. Kitty Farmer]], who believes she is, but is shown instead to be suffering from BlackAndWhiteInsanity.
22nd Feb '17 4:45:14 PM eroock
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* GainaxEnding: And beginning. And middle. Really, it should just be called "Gainax Ending: TheMovie"

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* GainaxEnding: And beginning. And middle. Really, it should just be called "Gainax Ending: TheMovie"
22nd Feb '17 4:40:44 PM eroock
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* AllThereInTheManual: The book ''The Philosophy Of Time Travel'', alluded to in the theatrical version and quoted briefly in the DirectorsCut explains the plot (or at least the [[WordOfGod Director's interpretation]] of it) and removes all the ambiguity with a lot of hand-holding.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The book ''The Philosophy Of of Time Travel'', alluded to in the theatrical version and quoted briefly in the DirectorsCut explains the plot (or at least the [[WordOfGod Director's interpretation]] of it) and removes all the ambiguity with a lot of hand-holding.



* TheAtoner: Frank. His actions in helping Donnie seem to be his way of making up for [[spoiler:accidentally killing Gretchen- and eventually preventing her death from occurring in the first place.]]

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* TheAtoner: Frank. His actions in helping Donnie seem to be his way of making up for [[spoiler:accidentally killing Gretchen- Gretchen -- and eventually preventing her death from occurring in the first place.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:If you think about it, the whole movie is this. Donnie would have died outright had Frank not spoken to him and gotten him out of bed: thus the entire rest of the movie. The whole purpose of the film seems to be allowing Donnie to come to terms with his premature death, and to realize that sad as it is, it's way better than the alternative of the world ending. Furthermore, Donnie's survival results in the deaths of his girlfriend, mother, sister, and Frank, as well as his English teacher losing her job. Patrick Swayze's character, on the flipside, gets away with his nefarious activities, at least for awhile.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:If you think about it, the whole movie is this. Donnie would have died outright had Frank not spoken to him and gotten him out of bed: thus the entire rest of the movie. The whole purpose of the film seems to be allowing Donnie to come to terms with his premature death, and to realize that sad as it is, it's way better than the alternative of the world ending. Furthermore, Donnie's survival results in the deaths of his girlfriend, mother, sister, and Frank, as well as his English teacher losing her job. Patrick Swayze's character, on the flipside, [[KarmaHoudini gets away away]] with his nefarious activities, at least for awhile.]]



* {{Deconstruction}}: Of coming of age movies, time travel, and the concept of alternate universes. What happens when an alternate universe is abandoned? Does it keep going, cause a TimeCrash, or more? Most importantly, what happens to the ''people living in said universe?''

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of coming of age movies, time travel, and the concept of alternate universes. What happens when an alternate universe is abandoned? Does it keep going, cause a TimeCrash, or more? Most importantly, [[ExpendableAlternateUniverse what happens to the ''people living in said universe?''universe?]]''



** WordOfGod says that it was set in TheEighties because that's when Richard Kelly grew up and he wouldn't be able to write a coming of age story in the 2000's due to lack of frame of reference.

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** 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.reference]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Donnie chooses an unpleasant death in order to save everyone else.]]

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* %%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Donnie chooses an unpleasant death in order to save everyone else.]]see more specific trope SuicideForOthersHappiness



** Donnie mentions the DeLorean from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and both movies have the number 88 as an important plot point.

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** Donnie mentions the DeLorean De Lorean from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', and both movies have the number 88 as an important plot point.



** Donnie and Gretchen go to see ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' as a date movie (in a double feature with ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', oddly enough).



* SmallReferencePools: Most of the music in the film is NothingButHits, and as soon as TimeTravel is brought up, Donnie references [[Film/BackToTheFuture the infamous DeLorean]].
** Nothing but hits in 1988 would have been Def Leppard, Guns and Roses. Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, And Joy Division 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.

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* SmallReferencePools: Most of the music in the film is NothingButHits, and as soon as TimeTravel is brought up, Donnie references [[Film/BackToTheFuture the infamous DeLorean]].
De Lorean]].
** Nothing but hits in 1988 would have been Def Leppard, Guns Music/DefLeppard, Music/GunsNRoses. Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen, Music/TheChurch and Roses. Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, And Joy Division 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.



** Donnie and Gretchen go to see ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'' as a date movie (in a double feature with [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic ''The Last Temptation Of Christ'']], oddly enough).



* TomatoInTheMirror: Donnie is convinced that the gun he finds is the artifact described by The Philosophy of Time Travel, because the artifact must be made of metal. The film suggests that a Deus Ex Machina is necessary in order for a story to have a conclusion. The reality is that the Jet Engine that almost fell on Donnie Darko is the true artifact, that it will time-travel to the past and must land on Donnie Darko in order to save the future from his own actions. The Philosophy of Time Travel is a thinly veiled approximation to The Hero's Journey, from the work of Joseph Campbell; the artifact is introduced in order to serve the purpose of defeating the villain of the story, usually taking on the form of a weapon. Regardless of Donnie Darko's intentions (and the temporary positive results of his rebellion), the end results of his actions demonstrate to himself that he is not the hero he perceives himself to be, thus requiring the Deus Ex Machina to save the world from him.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: Donnie is convinced The ending reveals that Gretchen's death was the gun he finds result of Donnie's own actions, that ''he'' is the artifact described by The Philosophy villain of Time Travel, because the artifact must be made of metal. The film suggests that a Deus Ex Machina is necessary in order for a this story to have a conclusion. The reality is and that the Jet Engine that almost fell on Donnie Darko is the true artifact, that it will time-travel to the past and he must land on Donnie Darko in order to save the future from his own actions. The Philosophy of Time Travel is a thinly veiled approximation to The Hero's Journey, from the work of Joseph Campbell; the artifact is introduced in order to serve the purpose of defeating the villain of the story, usually taking on the form of a weapon. Regardless of Donnie Darko's intentions (and the temporary positive results of his rebellion), the end results of his actions demonstrate to himself that he is not the hero he perceives himself to be, thus requiring the Deus Ex Machina to save the world from him.himself.
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