History Film / TheButterflyEffect

31st Jan '16 3:39:28 AM DannWoolf
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* ParentalIncest: Kayleigh was molested by her father. He molested Tommmy instead in another timeline thanks to Evan mucking around with the timeline.
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* ParentalIncest: Kayleigh was molested by her father. He molested Tommmy Tommy instead in another timeline thanks to Evan mucking around with the timeline.
18th Jan '16 6:25:59 PM Zeego
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* DawsonCasting: A mild example. 12-year-old Creator/LoganLerman plays Evan at age 7, and 17-year-old John Patrick Amedori plays him at 13.
24th Nov '15 10:17:21 AM Morgenthaler
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Cut natter.
** Depending on the witnesses' testimony, the prosecution could point out that Evan kept hitting Tommy after he was incapacitated, I suppose.
15th Nov '15 5:12:50 AM KoenigAl86
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**Depending on the witnesses' testimony, the prosecution could point out that Evan kept hitting Tommy after he was incapacitated, I suppose.
21st Sep '15 6:08:51 PM eroock
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* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: In the theatrical cut, [[spoiler:Evan finally decides that the best course of action is to go back to where he and Kayleigh first meet and be mean to her, so she never befriends him, moves away with her mother, and avoids the sexual abuse by her father which ultimately leads to her suicide]].

* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: In the theatrical cut, [[spoiler:Evan finally decides that the best course of action is to go back to where he and Kayleigh first meet and be mean to her, so she never befriends him, moves away with her mother, and avoids the sexual abuse by her father which ultimately leads to her suicide]].

* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: In the theatrical cut, [[spoiler:Evan finally decides that the best course of action is HollywoodLaw: Evan wouldn't go to go back to where a regular prison, but county lockup, since he and Kayleigh first meet and be mean to her, so she never befriends him, moves away with her mother, and avoids the sexual abuse by her father which ultimately leads to her suicide]].hadn't even been tried. The filmmakers knew this; [[RuleOfCool it was cooler filming in a prison, though]].

* HollywoodLaw: Evan wouldn't go to a regular prison, but county lockup, since he hadn't even been tried. The filmmakers knew this; [[RuleOfCool it was cooler filming in a prison, though]].

* HollywoodLaw: Evan wouldn't go to IncestSubtext: Tommy made a regular prison, but county lockup, since he hadn't even been tried. The filmmakers knew this; [[RuleOfCool it was cooler filming rather un-brotherly remark towards his sister Kayleigh in a prison, though]].one timeline.

* IncestSubtext: Tommy made a rather un-brotherly remark towards his sister Kayleigh in one timeline.
21st Jun '15 7:26:33 PM rjd1922
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* TimeyWimeyBall: The events of roughly half of Evan's blackouts are caused by his older self [[MentalTimeTravel going back to them]], while the other half were normal initially, but could be changed by his older self. One blackout even has examples of both. Also, it is established early on that Evan is the only who has any memory of the old timelines, but at one point, another character notices a change in the timeline for no apparent reason.
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* TimeyWimeyBall: The events of roughly half of Evan's blackouts are caused by his older self [[MentalTimeTravel going back to them]], while the other half were normal initially, but could be changed by his older self. One blackout even has examples of both. Also, it is established early on that Evan is the only one who has any memory of the old timelines, but at one point, another character notices a change in the timeline for no apparent reason.
2nd Mar '15 6:28:45 AM Folamh3
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Evan was an amputee, not a paraplegic.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Subverted. At one point near the end of the film, it looks like the story is gonna go out with a TwistEnding. As Evan's doctor explains that there are no journals, he asserts that everything that we've apparently seen so far is a delusion that Evan created to cope with the guilt of killing Kayleigh, describing alternate universes with colleges, prisons, and paraplegia. Then it turns out that the mental time travel ''was'' real when Evan goes back one last time]].
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Subverted. At one point near the end of the film, it looks like the story is gonna go out with a TwistEnding. As Evan's doctor explains that there are no journals, he asserts that everything that we've apparently seen so far is a delusion that Evan created to cope with the guilt of killing Kayleigh, describing alternate universes with colleges, prisons, and paraplegia.quadruple amputation. Then it turns out that the mental time travel ''was'' real when Evan goes back one last time]].
1st Mar '15 4:10:44 PM Folamh3
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* StartsWithASuicide: The MentalTimeTravel plot doesn't really get started until Kayleigh commits suicide, motivating Evan to try to change the past.
1st Mar '15 4:05:38 PM Folamh3
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* BungledSuicide: Evan attempts to kill himself as an amputee by drowning himself in a bathtub, but is so lacking in motor functions that he can't fully submerge himself.
1st Mar '15 3:58:55 PM Folamh3
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* FlatCharacter: None of the characters besides Evan receives much characterization. There wouldn't really be much point in doing so, given that they each undergo such radical changes in between timelines that they might as well be different characters altogether (for example, Tommy is a violent ex-con in one timeline and a sweet, gentle born-again Christian in another).
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