History Film / TheButterflyEffect

26th Jun '17 4:29:17 PM rjd1922
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:'''Strangling yourself as a fetus?!''']]
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Evan]] in the director's cut.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:'''Strangling yourself as a fetus?!''']]
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Evan]] [[spoiler:Evan strangles himself as a fetus]] in the director's cut.
26th Jun '17 2:47:41 PM rjd1922
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* CrimeOfSelfDefense: An especially jarring plot point has Evan sent to jail when he accidentally kills Tommy in self-defense. Mind you, everyone knows Tommy is a violent psycho and there were a dozen witnesses to testify that Tommy was trying to kill Evan.

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* CrimeOfSelfDefense: An especially jarring plot point has Evan sent to jail when he accidentally kills Tommy in self-defense. Mind you, everyone knows Tommy is a violent psycho and there were a dozen witnesses to testify that Tommy was trying to kill Evan. This might be because Evan did keep hitting Tommy after he was incapacitated.
23rd May '17 5:29:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TimeIsDangerous: The director's cut reveals that Evan suffers minor brain damage every time he majorly changes the past, resulting in severe migraines and nosebleeds as he gets the extra memories (often 20 years worth) burnt onto his existing ones. On the other hand, he's GenreSavvy enough to realize that repeated time travel might ultimately kill him, causing him to intentionally think through what he wants to change before each trip.

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* TimeIsDangerous: The director's cut reveals that Evan suffers minor brain damage every time he majorly changes the past, resulting in severe migraines and nosebleeds as he gets the extra memories (often 20 years worth) burnt onto his existing ones. On the other hand, he's GenreSavvy enough to realize realizes that repeated time travel might ultimately kill him, causing him to intentionally think through what he wants to change before each trip.
6th Apr '17 2:42:55 PM eroock
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* BurnBabyBurn: Turns out this is what originally happened with the dynamite. Also [[spoiler:the ending (although that was hinted at throughout)]].

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* BurnBabyBurn: Turns out this is what originally happened with At the dynamite. Also [[spoiler:the ending (although end we see Evan burn the timetravel journals that was hinted at throughout)]].caused him and the people around him so much pain.
30th Mar '17 6:14:58 PM eroock
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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** Evan [[spoiler:killing Tommy]] in a spree.
** Also when they were kids, Tommy catches Evan kissing his sister in the movie theater lobby. When Tommy stalks angrily towards them, a douchebag trips him for the hell of it. Tommy gets up, gives Evan a disturbingly sadistic look, and then proceeds to smash the jerk's face with a pole barrier and then pummel him mercilessly with his fists.
15th Feb '17 11:23:07 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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** There are actually two more endings [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame other than the director's cut]] where things seem even more open-ended. [[spoiler: Evan decides to go in the other direction to follow Kayleigh, or they stop to introduce themselves and decide to get some coffee.]]
8th Jan '17 5:33:01 AM fearlessnikki
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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.



* DeusAngstMachina: See TraumaCongaLine for a list of all the reasons the characters have to be angsty in this film. After awhile, it starts to seem a bit contrived, even {{Narm}}-y.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Kayley's hair color changes depending on how happy she is in whatever timeline. It's brown and mousy in the timelines where she's miserable, and it's blonde when she's happy. [[spoiler:Her hair is blonde at the end]]. Likewise, Lenny has long hair in all the timelines in which his life turned out halfway decent.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Kayley's Kayleigh's hair color changes depending on how happy she is in whatever timeline. It's brown and mousy in the timelines where she's miserable, and it's blonde when she's happy. [[spoiler:Her hair is blonde at the end]]. Likewise, Lenny has long hair in all the timelines in which his life turned out halfway decent.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Deconstructed.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Deconstructed.Subverted. Kayleigh is a drug-addicted hooker in another timeline but has become depressed and cynical, rather than holding onto her heart of gold.



* KidsAreCruel: Tommy

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* KidsAreCruel: TommyTommy, who is a complete sociopath due to his father's cruel treatment. He happily kills Evan's dog and leaves a stick of dynamite in someone's mailbox.
21st Oct '16 1:41:22 AM eroock
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* PlotHole:
** The "stigmata" sequence is also frequently called out for this. When in prison, Evan briefly time-travels back to his grade school classroom to puncture his hands with metal spikes, hoping that the resultant scars will convince his religious cellmate that he has a mystical connection to {{God}}. Not only does this not change the timeline in any way (Evan's still in prison when he comes back), the cellmate acts like the scars have spontaneously appeared on Evan's palms--even though, from his perspective, he should have had them all along.


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* RippleEffectIndicator: Evan's {{Impaled Palm}}s. When in prison, Evan briefly time-travels back to his grade school classroom to puncture his hands with metal spikes, hoping that the resultant scars will convince his religious cellmate that he has a mystical connection to {{God}}. The scars spontaneously appear on Evan's palms--even though, from his perspective, he should have had them all along.
21st Oct '16 1:33:21 AM eroock
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** [[TimeyWimeyBall Time travel inconsistencies]] aside, there's no mention of Evan ever having a trial before being sent to prison after he [[spoiler:kills Tommy]] nor is there any mention about why he didn't [[spoiler:plead self-defense]] when the murder was clearly witnessed as such and could have avoided any kind of stay in jail.
2nd Oct '16 9:07:36 PM stuffedninja
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It's about Evan Treborn, a guy who can travel back in time by reading his journals and change what happened then, and uses this ability to try to undo various traumatic events he and his friends suffered as children. Despite his best intentions, the results aren't always good for everyone. What's more, his own brain suffers from trying to assimilate all the new memories from these consequences.

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It's about Evan Treborn, a guy who can travel back in time by reading his journals and change changing what happened then, and uses this ability to try to undo various traumatic events he and his friends suffered as children. Despite his best intentions, the results aren't always good for everyone. What's more, his own brain suffers from trying to assimilate all the new memories from these consequences.
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