History Film / FourRooms

15th Sep '17 1:35:42 AM mistasofly
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the opening scene an old retiring bellhop advises Ted to "stay clear of night clerks, kids, hookers and married arguments". Naturally, over the night Ted is going to encounter all of 'em.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the opening scene an old retiring bellhop advises Ted to "stay clear of night clerks, cliques, kids, hookers and married arguments". Naturally, over the night Ted is going to encounter all of 'em.
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* DoNotTryThisAtHome: "The Man From Hollywood". The bet that makes up the story wasn't ''just'' a spur-of-the-moment thing; Chester, Norman and company were drunk on New Year's and happened to catch the specific episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' where a similar bet made up ''that'' plotline. Chester has a CoolCar that Norman wants. Norman has a lighter and both pinkies. One quick call down to room service, [[HilarityEnsues and...]]
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ted as a rule reacts to things in the goofiest manner possible.

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* CaptainObvious: Ted, twice, in "The Man From Hollywood":
-->'''Ted:''' You guys are drunk!
-->'''Leo:''' Of course! [[SuddenlyShouting OF COURSE WE'RE DRUNK TEDDY!]] That's why we're here but that does not mean that we don't know what the fuck we're talking about.
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-->'''Ted:''' Well you guys wouldn't be doing something ''this'' stupid unless you were ''really'' fucking drunk.
-->'''Leo:''' [[LampshadeHanging We already told you we were drunk Teddy.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ted as a rule reacts to things in the goofiest manner possible.possible, which is necessary both to keep a comedic tone during what would otherwise be horrifying circumstances (being taken advantage of by a witch, being threatened at gunpoint, ''finding a dead prostitute hidden in a mattress''), and to inform the audience that the shit has really hit the fan when he [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness drops the goofiness and becomes the sanest person in the room]] (reacting to Chester and Norman's bet by [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running for the door]]).



* HowUnscientific: Evoked by "The Missing Ingredient", which includes what is definitely magic in an otherwise realistic film.
* HumiliationConga: After "The Misbehavers", Ted calls up his co-worker Betty to bring her up to speed (first having a conversation with [[TheStoner Margaret]]).

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* HowUnscientific: Evoked by "The Missing Ingredient", which includes what is definitely magic in an otherwise realistic (or at least non-magical) film.
* HumiliationConga: After "The Misbehavers", Ted calls up his co-worker boss Betty to bring her up to speed (first having a conversation with [[TheStoner Margaret]]).



* ImpossibleMissionCollapse: The whole segment "The Man From Hollywood" is this: ten or so minutes of Tarantino-style SeinfeldianConversation as the Hollywood execs (and girl) explain the backstory of the situation at hand and convince Ted to help them with the bet (''especially'' because they are all rip-roaring drunk and don't want to accidentally chop off more than what was wagered), followed by the bet lasting exactly one second as the lighter fails to work on its first flick and Ted immediately (and too quickly for someone to tell him to stop) performs his role as the "hatchet man".
* InsistentTerminology: It's not champagne; it's ''Cristal.'' And Cristal is not "good"--it's ''fucking good.'' Also, what is very clearly a meat cleaver is referred to repeatedly as a "hatchet".

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** What should've been a straightforward babysitting gig in "The Misbehavers" goes about as wrong as it possibly could, up to the discovery of a dead body.
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The whole segment "The Man From Hollywood" is this: ten or so minutes of Tarantino-style SeinfeldianConversation as the Hollywood execs (and girl) explain the backstory of the situation at hand and convince Ted to help them with the bet (''especially'' because they are all rip-roaring drunk and don't want to accidentally chop off more than what was wagered), followed by the bet lasting exactly one second as the lighter fails to work on its first flick and Ted immediately (and too quickly for someone to tell him to stop) performs his role as the "hatchet man".
* InsaneTrollLogic: In fairness they're all drunk, but Chester supplies this "justification" for their bet;
-->'''Chester:''' We're all buddies here; nobody wants Norman to ''lose'' his finger, we just wanna ''chop it off''.
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InsistentTerminology: It's In "The Man From Hollywood" Chester Rush insists that Ted refer to him as "Chester" instead of "Sir". Additionally, Chester's not drinking champagne; it's ''Cristal.'' And Cristal is not "good"--it's ''fucking good.'' Also, Finally, what is very clearly a meat cleaver is referred to repeatedly as a "hatchet".
30th Aug '17 1:33:20 AM Qube
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After a brief phone call to his boss to be let off for the night, Ted ends up making one last stop. Chester Rush is a famous director (played by Creator/QuentinTarantino) holding a private party with some of his buddies from the business. After seeing an old episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' where a man [[{{Yubitsume}} bets his little finger]] he can start a lighter ten times in a row, they decide to replicate it. They want to pay Ted $1,000 to be the hatchet man.

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After a brief phone call to his boss to be let off for the night, Ted ends up making one last stop. Chester Rush is a famous director (played by Creator/QuentinTarantino) holding a private party with some of his buddies from the business. After seeing an old episode of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' where a man [[{{Yubitsume}} bets his little finger]] he can start a lighter ten times in a row, they decide to replicate it. They it, and they have decided that they want to pay Ted $1,000 to be join the hatchet man.
festivities...



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the shot, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares so long as they don't mess up the furniture (the unspoken implication being don't stuff any corpses in the mattress), Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angela interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting [[{{Oner}} first long scene]] of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the shot, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares so long as they don't mess up the furniture (the unspoken implication being don't stuff any corpses in the mattress), Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angela interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].



* NoodleImplements: The guests in "The Man from Hollywood" order a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and an extremely sharp hatchet. "As sharp as the devil himself." Unlike most examples of this trope, however, everything but the nails and twine gets explained: the doughnut is a snack for Chester, the club sandwich is Angela's, and the ice, hatchet and block of wood are for the bet that the segment is REALLY about.

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* NoodleImplements: The guests in "The Man from Hollywood" order a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and an extremely sharp hatchet. "As sharp as the devil himself." Unlike most examples of this trope, however, everything but the nails and twine gets explained: the doughnut is a snack for Chester, the club sandwich is Angela's, and the ice, hatchet and block of wood are for the bet that the segment is REALLY ''really'' about.



* OnlySaneMan: Ted clearly considers himself to be this...and considering the characters surrounding him, he might not be too wrong on that.

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* OnlySaneMan: Ted clearly considers himself to be this...and considering the characters surrounding him, he might not be too wrong on that. In "The Man From Hollywood", Chester and company want him to act as an impartial intermediary in their "little wager" specifically because he's the only one in the room who's still sober.
23rd Aug '17 5:11:39 AM Qube
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'''Ted:''' ''[remaining calm]'' Well most recently, there's Room 309. There's this scary Mexican gangster dude poking his finger in my chest. There's his hooligan kids snapping their fingers at me. There's the putrid rotting corpse of a dead whore inside the mattress. There's a big fat needle, from God knows where, stuck in my leg, infecting me with God knows what. There's rooms blazing afire. And then there's me. Walking out the door. Right fucking now. Buenos noches!

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'''Ted:''' ''[remaining calm]'' Well most recently, there's Room 309. There's this scary Mexican gangster dude poking his finger in my chest. There's his hooligan kids snapping their fingers at me. There's the putrid rotting corpse of a dead whore inside stuffed in the mattress.springs of the bed. There's rooms blazing afire. There's a big fat needle, from God knows where, stuck in my leg, infecting me with God knows what. There's rooms blazing afire. And then finally there's me. Walking out the door. Right fucking now. Buenos noches!
25th Mar '17 5:18:58 PM nombretomado
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* TheCameo: BruceWillis refused payment for his role in "The Man From Hollywood" as a thank you to Tarantino for casting him in ''Film/PulpFiction''. He wasn't credited because he violated SAG rules by doing the gig for free.

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* TheCameo: BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis refused payment for his role in "The Man From Hollywood" as a thank you to Tarantino for casting him in ''Film/PulpFiction''. He wasn't credited because he violated SAG rules by doing the gig for free.
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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the take, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angela interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the take, shot, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares so long as they don't mess up the furniture (the unspoken implication being don't stuff any corpses in the mattress), Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angela interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].
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** SmallRoleBigImpact: ...And it's that few minutes of bothering Ted about unimportant details of his story that delays him long enough for the call to come down from the penthouse, setting the events of "The Man From Hollywood" into motion, leaving Ted with a thousand bucks in his pocket and one hell of a story to tell.
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* BrickJoke: During "The Wrong Man", Siegfried is briefly distracted by a phone call. As Ted and Angelica talk, Siegfried can be heard into the background yelling something about needles at the caller. Later, during "The Misbehavers", which takes place at the same time as "The Wrong Man", the kids call a random hotel room to ask about the needle they found. They, of course, reach Siegfried.

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* BrickJoke: During "The Wrong Man", Siegfried is briefly distracted by a phone call. As Ted and Angelica Angela talk, Siegfried can be heard into the background yelling something about needles at the caller. Later, during "The Misbehavers", which takes place at the same time as "The Wrong Man", the kids call a random hotel room to ask about the needle they found. They, of course, reach Siegfried.



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the take, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angelina interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the take, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angelina Angela interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].



* NoodleImplements: The guests in "The Man from Hollywood" order a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and an extremely sharp hatchet. "As sharp as the devil himself." Unlike most examples of this trope, however, everything but the nails and twine gets explained: the doughnut is a snack for Chester, the club sandwich is Angelina's, and the ice, hatchet and block of wood are for the bet that the segment is REALLY about.

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* NoodleImplements: The guests in "The Man from Hollywood" order a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and an extremely sharp hatchet. "As sharp as the devil himself." Unlike most examples of this trope, however, everything but the nails and twine gets explained: the doughnut is a snack for Chester, the club sandwich is Angelina's, Angela's, and the ice, hatchet and block of wood are for the bet that the segment is REALLY about.
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* AdvertisedExtra: Marisa Tomei features quite prominently on the movie poster, and looks her usual classy self. In reality, she appears briefly in one scene as a disheveled drug addict.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Marisa Tomei features quite prominently on the movie poster, and looks her usual classy self. In reality, [[OneSceneWonder she appears briefly in one scene as a disheveled drug addict.stoner]].



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Margaret's response to Ted freaking out over having a gun pointed in his face is to ask him what kind of gun it was.



* HumiliationConga: After "The Misbehavers", Ted calls up his co-worker Betty to bring her up to speed (first having a conversation with her equally [[CloudCuckooLander "loopy"]] roommate).

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* HumiliationConga: After "The Misbehavers", Ted calls up his co-worker Betty to bring her up to speed (first having a conversation with her equally [[CloudCuckooLander "loopy"]] roommate).[[TheStoner Margaret]]).



* ImpossibleMissionCollapse: The whole segment "The Man From Hollywood" is this: ten or so minutes of Tarantino-style SeinfeldianConversation as the Hollywood execs (and girl) explain the backstory of the situation at hand and convince Ted to help them with the bet (''especially'' because they are all rip-roaring drunk and don't want to chop off more than was betted upon accidentally), followed by the bet lasting exactly one second as the lighter fails to work on its first flick and Ted immediately (and too quickly for someone to tell him to stop) performs his role as the "hatchet man".
* InsistentTerminology: It's not champagne; it's ''Cristal.'' And Cristal is not "good"--it's ''fucking good.'' Also, what is very clearly a meat cleaver is referred to as a "hatchet".

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* ImpossibleMissionCollapse: The whole segment "The Man From Hollywood" is this: ten or so minutes of Tarantino-style SeinfeldianConversation as the Hollywood execs (and girl) explain the backstory of the situation at hand and convince Ted to help them with the bet (''especially'' because they are all rip-roaring drunk and don't want to accidentally chop off more than what was betted upon accidentally), wagered), followed by the bet lasting exactly one second as the lighter fails to work on its first flick and Ted immediately (and too quickly for someone to tell him to stop) performs his role as the "hatchet man".
* InsistentTerminology: It's not champagne; it's ''Cristal.'' And Cristal is not "good"--it's ''fucking good.'' Also, what is very clearly a meat cleaver is referred to repeatedly as a "hatchet".



* NewYearHasCome

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* NewYearHasComeMeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The shooting of "The Man From Hollywood" jumps between characters within the take, drawing attention towards one or two and pushing the rest to the side, so there's always one or two characters puttering around just out of focus. Due to this, it's easy to miss things like Chester and Norman discussing their bet while Leo argues with his wife, Ted informing Chester that they can trash the place as far as he cares, Leo assuring Norman that they have a doctor in the emergency room "just in case", and more tellingly Angelina interrupting Leo's phone call to [[spoiler:ask for a light, hinting that Norman's "lucky zippo" isn't so (forgive the pun) surefire]].
* NewYearHasCome: The movie takes place the night of New Years and into the (very) early morning.


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* StonersAreFunny: Margaret answers when Ted tries to get Betty on the phone, leading to a brief but hilarious conversation between one person who is stressed out of his mind and another who is baked out of hers.
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