History Film / Matilda

9th Dec '17 3:47:33 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdultsAreUseless: None of the teachers at Crunchem Hall challenge The Trunchbull because they are absolutely terrified of her. It is eventually discovered that Miss Honey's fears of her are particularly justified because the Trunchbull's her aunt. The parents, however, don't have much of an excuse. Not a single student manages to convince their parents that The Chokey exists. It's sort of justified by Matilda's theory that the various punishments from The Trunchbull are so over-the-top that the parents simply don't believe it (although, these days, with the rise of social media and cameraphones, it would be almost impossible for the Trunchbull to administer violations of the Eighth Amendment without someone recording her).
** Confirmed in the book, where Matilda flat-out explains that she intentionally designs her punishments to "go the whole hog" instead of doing things by "halves," that way, parents would assume that children were making it up.

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* AdultsAreUseless: None of the teachers at Crunchem Hall challenge The Trunchbull because they are absolutely terrified of her. It is eventually discovered that Miss Honey's fears of her are particularly justified because the Trunchbull's her aunt. The parents, however, don't have much of an excuse. Not a single student manages to convince their parents book explains that The Chokey exists. It's sort of justified by Matilda's theory that the various punishments from The Trunchbull are so over-the-top that the parents simply don't believe it (although, these days, with the rise of social media and cameraphones, it would be almost impossible for the Trunchbull to administer violations of the Eighth Amendment without someone recording her).
** Confirmed in the book, where Matilda flat-out explains that she
intentionally designs makes sure her punishments to "go are so over the whole hog" instead of doing things by "halves," top that way, any parents would assume that the children were are making it things up.



* BrickJoke: Miss Trunchbull's EstablishingCharacterMoment has her yelling at Amanda for wearing her hair in pigtails. During her humiliation towards the end, 'No Pigtails' can be seen on the rules list.



* CompanionCube: Matilda has a little doll that appears to have been made out of spare things around the house. According to her actress, the doll's name is Wanda.



* CuteBookworm: Matilda loves reading more than anything else.

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* CuteBookworm: Matilda loves reading more than anything else. Implied that Miss Honey was one as a child too.
* CuteWitch: Matilda technically counts as one, since she has supernatural powers and is definitely BadassAdorable.



* DeanBitterman: The Trunchbull.

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* DeanBitterman: The Trunchbull.Trunchbull, who says that her idea of a perfect school is one where there are no children...



* HotTeacher: Miss Honey.



* NotSoAboveItAll: [[spoiler: During the Trunchbull's humiliation]] Miss Honey eventually cracks and bursts out laughing - and even signals to Matilda to twirl the globe around [[spoiler: to torment the poor woman even further]].



* RunForTheBorder: The Wormwoods flee to Guam after Harry's fraudulent activity is discovered. Smart viewers know that that's the worst thing they could do as [[WhatAnIdiot Guam is a US territory]], so they aren't escaping anything.
** FridgeBrilliance rears it's awesome head for this one, since it shows that the Wormwood's hatred of knowledge ends up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard biting them in the butt.]]

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* RunForTheBorder: The Wormwoods flee to Guam after Harry's fraudulent activity is discovered. Smart viewers know that that's the worst thing they could do as [[WhatAnIdiot Guam is a US territory]], so they aren't escaping anything.
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anything. FridgeBrilliance rears it's its awesome head for this one, since it shows that the Wormwood's hatred of knowledge ends up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard biting them in the butt.]]



* TheUnfavorite: Matilda's parents inexplicably hate her and refuse to believe she is any more intelligent than a lima bean (though Matilda's mother admits that she was mean to her because she never really understood her daughter), favoring her rather dim-witted brother Michael instead.
** The book clears up Matilda's father's reasons for his behavior: he's ''jealous.'' Matilda is capable of enjoying books and learning, which give her father no pleasure when he's busy defrauding people with his used car business.

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* TheUnfavorite: Matilda's parents inexplicably hate her and refuse to believe she is any more intelligent than a lima bean (though Matilda's mother admits that she was mean to her because she never really understood her daughter), favoring her rather dim-witted brother Michael instead.
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instead. The book clears up Matilda's father's reasons for his behavior: he's ''jealous.'' Matilda is capable of enjoying books and learning, which give her father no pleasure when he's busy defrauding people with his used car business.
29th Nov '17 1:04:45 AM troperdude1999
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* ThoseTwoGuys: The FBI agents trying to arrest Mr Wormwood.
25th Nov '17 5:16:32 PM MoonByte
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* MindScrew: Creator/DannyDeVito plays both Matilda's (villainous) father and the ''narrator'', which creates a strange, [[NoFourthWall postmodern]] tone.

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* MindScrew: Creator/DannyDeVito plays both Matilda's (villainous) father and the ''narrator'', which creates a strange, [[NoFourthWall postmodern]] tone. Averted in some dubs where the voice actors for the father and the narrator are different people.
12th Nov '17 8:40:36 AM tyrekecorrea
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* SnicketWarningLabel: The narrator says that the Wormwoods evaded the FBI, but doesn't mention that the FBI could have caught up with the Wormwoods in Guam, and most likely did.
12th Nov '17 8:21:40 AM tyrekecorrea
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* PopularSayingBut: Miss Trunchbull philosophy toward child discipline is a subversion of the biblical adage "Spare the rod and spoil the child."
19th Sep '17 8:13:24 PM tyrekecorrea
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* IAmNotMyFather: When Trunchbull accuses Matilda of playing a part in Harry's having sold Trunchbull a lemon car, Matilda is greatly offended and says she's nothing like Harry.
6th Sep '17 6:56:07 PM Clanger00
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* StrawFeminist: A dash of this after the Trunchbull hears the "Mrs. D, Mrs. I" mnemonic device for spelling "difficulty," whereupon she demands "Why are all of these women married?!?!"
17th Jun '17 8:24:43 AM Discar
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* LonelyBachelorPad: Miss Honey's house is furnished with only a couple of wooden crates (to show that she's extremely poor, rather than that she's lonely.)
11th Jun '17 10:12:56 AM LtFedora
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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: When the Wormwoods begin sniggering about educated people, Miss Honey replies that an educated person would treat them if they were in hospital or, off the top of her head, defend them in court if they were sued for selling a faulty car. Mr. Wormwood responds with "What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: When the Wormwoods begin sniggering about educated people, Miss Honey replies that an educated person would treat them if they were in hospital or, off the top of her head, defend them in court if they were sued for selling a faulty car. Mr. Wormwood responds with "What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?to?"
11th Jun '17 10:12:18 AM LtFedora
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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: When the Wormwoods begin sniggering about educated people, Miss Honey replies that an educated person would treat them if they were in hospital or, off the top of her head, defend them in court if they were sued for selling a faulty car. Mr. Wormwood responds with "What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?



** Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlmen do their share of shamming as Matilda's parents.

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** Danny DeVito [=DeVito=] and Rhea Perlmen do their share of shamming as Matilda's parents.
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