History Film / Flubber

16th Oct '16 7:28:03 PM gjjones
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* RepeatCut: At the end of the film, Bennett getting [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hit with his own ashtray]] is shown in three different angles.
28th Aug '16 2:57:52 PM gjjones
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* AndThisIsFor: Sara yells "This is for [[spoiler:Weebo]]!" when throwing Flubber at Hoenicker.

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* AndThisIsFor: Sara yells "This is one's for [[spoiler:Weebo]]!" when throwing Flubber at Hoenicker.



* DestinationDefenestration: Sara throws the Flubber at Hoenicker, knocking him out of a window into a pool of water.

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* DestinationDefenestration: Sara throws the Flubber at Hoenicker, knocking sending him out of a window into a pool of water.


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** Bennett has a split-second reaction when Philip deflects the glass ashtray into his face.
28th Aug '16 2:55:09 PM gjjones
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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Smith does this when Sara knocks him out with her feet.
28th Aug '16 2:54:05 PM gjjones
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** When Philip avoids Smith and Wesson's attack and lands on a ladder, he says "Oh, dear" when he sees the deer head hanging right near him.
27th Aug '16 11:32:25 AM gjjones
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Williams plays Professor Phillip Brainard, an AbsentMindedProfessor-type searching for an energy-based scientific breakthrough in order to save his college from closing for lack of funding. He stumbles across such a creation in the form of "flying rubber" (the eponymous "flubber"), a physics-defying green rubber-like substance that can somehow both bounce with inexhaustable kinetic energy and defy gravity. With it and the help of his RobotBuddy, Weebo, Brainard hopes to save his college and his relationship with his long-suffering fiancee Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds (Marcia Gay Harden), while fending off an ObviouslyEvil rival and his corrupt Dean, who try to steal Flubber for themselves.

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Williams plays Professor Phillip Philip Brainard, an AbsentMindedProfessor-type searching for an energy-based scientific breakthrough in order to save his college from closing for lack of funding. He stumbles across such a creation in the form of "flying rubber" (the eponymous "flubber"), a physics-defying green rubber-like substance that can somehow both bounce with inexhaustable kinetic energy and defy gravity. With it and the help of his RobotBuddy, Weebo, Brainard hopes to save his college and his relationship with his long-suffering fiancee Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds (Marcia Gay Harden), while fending off an ObviouslyEvil rival and his corrupt Dean, who try to steal Flubber for themselves.



* BatterUp: Wesson uses Phillip's baseball bat to kill Weebo during his and Smith's burglary of Phillip's laboratory.

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* BatterUp: Wesson uses Phillip's Philip's baseball bat to kill Weebo during his and Smith's burglary of Phillip's Philip's laboratory.



* BrattyTeenageDaughter: [[spoiler:Weebette has shades of this. She calls Sara "mom," and loudly complains about having to share a room with Flubber during Phillip and Sara's honeymoon.]]
* BrickJoke: One scene has a boy who's afraid to go to sleep, so his father shuts the window in his room to reassure him that nothing can get in. Cue Flubber smashing through the window and bouncing around the room. At the end of the movie, the same boy's riding an airplane, with his father once again reassuring him that there's nothing all the way up in the sky. The boy looks out the window, and sees Brainard's flying car driving next to the plane (with Flubber riding in it.)

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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: [[spoiler:Weebette has shades of this. She calls Sara "mom," and loudly complains about having to share a room with Flubber during Phillip Philip and Sara's honeymoon.]]
* BrickJoke: One scene has a boy who's afraid to go to sleep, so his father shuts the window in his room to reassure him that nothing can get in. Cue Flubber smashing through the window and bouncing around the room. At the end of the movie, the same boy's riding an airplane, with his father once again reassuring him that there's nothing all the way up in the sky. The boy looks out the window, and sees Brainard's flying car Thunderbird driving next to the plane (with Flubber riding in it.)



** Phillip is very often engaged in comical mishaps from his experiments.

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** Phillip Philip is very often engaged in comical mishaps from his experiments.



** Phillip's rival, Wilson, who we find out [[spoiler: even works for Hoenicker]] in the end. He not only admits he's been stealing his ideas for his own benefit as a result of that, but outright boasts he now wants to steal his fiancée. In his very first scene he says the following:

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** Phillip's Philip's rival, Wilson, who we find out [[spoiler: even works for Hoenicker]] in the end. He not only admits he's been stealing his ideas for his own benefit as a result of that, but outright boasts he now wants to steal his fiancée. In his very first scene he says the following:



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bennett throws a glass ashtray at Phillip in the finale, but Phillip deflects it back at him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Weebo not only helps get Phillip back together with Sara, she intentionally alters her own design so her own feelings won't interfere with their relationship. She even refers to it as her 'daughter' to make ''absolutely'' sure.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Weebo is a sentient computer, and not even Phillip knows how he managed that. [[spoiler:Weebo does, but hides the knowledge out of jealousy.]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Wesson calls Phillip "Ein-STEEN," prompting the professor to correct him ("Ein-STEIN").
* {{Jerkass}}: Wilson is shameless about stealing Phillip's inventions and and his desire to steal his fiancee.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bennett throws a glass ashtray at Phillip Philip in the finale, but Phillip Philip deflects it back at him.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Weebo not only helps get Phillip Philip back together with Sara, she intentionally alters her own design so her own feelings won't interfere with their relationship. She even refers to it as her 'daughter' to make ''absolutely'' sure.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Weebo is a sentient computer, and not even Phillip Philip knows how he managed that. [[spoiler:Weebo does, but hides the knowledge out of jealousy.]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Wesson calls Phillip Philip "Ein-STEEN," prompting the professor to correct him ("Ein-STEIN").
* {{Jerkass}}: Wilson is shameless about stealing Phillip's Philip's inventions and and his desire to steal his fiancee.



* {{Nepotism}}: Hoenicker doesn't like Phillip because he gave Bennett a failing grade, resulting in his being dropped from the team.

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* {{Nepotism}}: Hoenicker doesn't like Phillip Philip because he gave Bennett a failing grade, resulting in his being dropped from the team.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[spoiler: The film's reason for why Weebo is unique and Phillip won't be able to repair her is this trope. Phillip claims her sentience was an accident, and he tried several times to recreate this event with no success. Later, in Weebo's post-mortem video file, she explains that she hid the plans, notes, and ideas to make her. In this same video she reveals that she kept a copy of her design specs in case she died.]]

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[spoiler: The film's reason for why Weebo is unique and Phillip Philip won't be able to repair her is this trope. Phillip Philip claims her sentience was an accident, and he tried several times to recreate this event with no success. Later, in Weebo's post-mortem video file, she explains that she hid the plans, notes, and ideas to make her. In this same video she reveals that she kept a copy of her design specs in case she died.]]



** Philip when he is about to crash his Thunderbird into the boy's house. And again when he discovers that turning off his Thunderbird causes it to fall out of the sky.



* ProductPlacement: Ford is heavily featured in the film, specifically its headquarters and the Thunderbird itself.



** He invented a flying car but it doesn't occur to him to sell the design until Sara reconciles with him. He's very excited about the deal: "I've never seen so many zeros!"
** He invented Flubber specifically so he would have something to sell, and the flying car came after this.

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** He invented a flying car Thunderbird but it doesn't occur to him to sell the design until Sara reconciles with him. He's very excited about the deal: "I've never seen so many zeros!"
** He invented Flubber specifically so he would have something to sell, and the flying car Thunderbird came after this.



* SocialDarwinist: One of the reasons Wilson claims he is justified in stealing Phillip's ideas; because he has the ability to do so and the savy to make it work. It's also because he's a {{jerkass}} (see previous trope).

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* SocialDarwinist: One of the reasons Wilson claims he is justified in stealing Phillip's Philip's ideas; because he has the ability to do so and the savy to make it work. It's also because he's a {{jerkass}} (see previous trope).



* ThatCameOutWrong: It takes a few tries for the BigBad to elucidate that "give it to him" means handing Phillip the squirt gun, rather than squirting him with it.

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* ThatCameOutWrong: It takes a few tries for the BigBad to elucidate that "give it to him" means handing Phillip Philip the squirt gun, rather than squirting him with it.



* UnluckyExtra: A boy neighbor of Phillip who is scared of what might come from behind the window.

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* UnluckyExtra: A boy neighbor of Phillip Philip who is scared of what might come from behind the window.



** Considering all of Phillip's many faults, how did Sara ever get to the point of marrying him? Considering that she did get to that point, why do they still bug her so much and she does nothing to accommodate them? It isn't until the film's finale that she lets the daughter of Weebo take his place at the wedding to ensure he's there in some form while he works... though this technically means ''he considered his job more important than his own wedding''.

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** Considering all of Phillip's Philip's many faults, how did Sara ever get to the point of marrying him? Considering that she did get to that point, why do they still bug her so much and she does nothing to accommodate them? It isn't until the film's finale that she lets the daughter of Weebo take his place at the wedding to ensure he's there in some form while he works... though this technically means ''he considered his job more important than his own wedding''.
27th Aug '16 11:28:32 AM gjjones
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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Weebo not only helps get Phillip back together with Dr. Reynolds, she intentionally alters her own design so her own feelings won't interfere with their relationship. She even refers to it as her 'daughter' to make ''absolutely'' sure.

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Weebo not only helps get Phillip back together with Dr. Reynolds, Sara, she intentionally alters her own design so her own feelings won't interfere with their relationship. She even refers to it as her 'daughter' to make ''absolutely'' sure.


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* OhCrap:
** Smith gets this when Sara is about to knock him out.
** Hoenicker gets this when he realizes that Sara is about to use Flubber on him.


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* SoftGlass: At the end, Sara sends Hoenicker flying through a glass window.
27th Aug '16 11:21:36 AM gjjones
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* AndThisIsFor: Sara yells "This is for [[spoiler:Weebo]]!" when throwing Flubber at the BigBad.

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* AndThisIsFor: Sara yells "This is for [[spoiler:Weebo]]!" when throwing Flubber at the BigBad.Hoenicker.



* ButtMonkey: Smith and Wesson.

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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Smith and Wesson.



** Chester Hoenicker is very forthright about threatening teachers to give his son good grades or stealing technology that the inventor would not sell to him.

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** Chester Hoenicker is very forthright about threatening teachers to give his son Bennett good grades or stealing technology that the inventor would not sell to him.



* DestinationDefenestration: Hoenicker is knocked out a window and into a pool of water.

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* DestinationDefenestration: Hoenicker is knocked Sara throws the Flubber at Hoenicker, knocking him out of a window and into a pool of water.



* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In a Coma]] - Weebo eventually creates a holographic projection of herself in order to try and have a physical relationship with the professor... ''when he's asleep''.

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* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In a Coma]] - Coma]]: Weebo eventually creates a holographic projection of herself in order to try and have a physical relationship with the professor... ''when he's asleep''.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bennett throws a glass ashtray at Phillip in the finale, but Phillip deflects it back at him.



* {{Nepotism}}: The BigBad doesn't like Phillip because he gave his son a failing grade, resulting in his being dropped from the team.

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* {{Nepotism}}: The BigBad Hoenicker doesn't like Phillip because he gave his son Bennett a failing grade, resulting in his being dropped from the team.



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: It's a ZigzaggedTrope

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: It's a ZigzaggedTropeZigzaggedTrope.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Hoenicker attempts to do this when Bennett, Smith and Wesson are defeated, but he doesn't get that far.



** Considering all of Phillip's many faults, how did Dr. Reynolds ever get to the point of marrying him? Considering that she did get to that point, why do they still bug her so much and she does nothing to accommodate them? It isn't until the film's finale that she lets the daughter of Weebo take his place at the wedding to ensure he's there in some form while he works... though this technically means ''he considered his job more important than his own wedding''.

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** Considering all of Phillip's many faults, how did Dr. Reynolds Sara ever get to the point of marrying him? Considering that she did get to that point, why do they still bug her so much and she does nothing to accommodate them? It isn't until the film's finale that she lets the daughter of Weebo take his place at the wedding to ensure he's there in some form while he works... though this technically means ''he considered his job more important than his own wedding''.
27th Aug '16 11:12:01 AM gjjones
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* BigBad: Chester Hoenicker, Medfield College's sponsor who wants to help his son Bennett and eventually get Flubber.



* DestinationDefenestration: The BigBad is knocked out a window and into a pool of water.

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* DestinationDefenestration: The BigBad Hoenicker is knocked out a window and into a pool of water.
27th Aug '16 11:08:36 AM gjjones
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* BatterUp: Wesson uses Phillip's baseball bat to kill Weebo during his and Smith's burglary of Phillip's laboratory.



* CharacterDeath: Weebo is critically damaged by robbers. Philip talks about "downloading her" in order to cheat death, but he doesn't get to it in time so she's KilledOffForReal.

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* CharacterDeath: Weebo is critically damaged by robbers.Wesson. Philip talks about "downloading her" in order to cheat death, but he doesn't get to it in time so she's KilledOffForReal.
25th May '16 9:24:55 AM rjd1922
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* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The film had one instance of "damn" very obviously inserted just to earn the film a PG rating. Strangely enough, when later aired on ''[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents TheWonderful World Of Disney]]'', it had the word seamlessly removed to bring it back down to TV-G.

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* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The film had one instance of "damn" very obviously inserted just to earn the film a PG rating. Strangely enough, when later aired on ''[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents TheWonderful The Wonderful World Of Disney]]'', it had the word seamlessly removed to bring it back down to TV-G.



* DudeHesLikeInAComa - Weebo eventually creates a holographic projection of herself in order to try and have a physical relationship with the professor... ''when he's asleep''.

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* DudeHesLikeInAComa [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In a Coma]] - Weebo eventually creates a holographic projection of herself in order to try and have a physical relationship with the professor... ''when he's asleep''.



** The DudeHesLikeInAComa thing is not subtle ''at all''.

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** The DudeHesLikeInAComa [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In a Coma]] thing is not subtle ''at all''.
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