History Film / TheCommitments

18th May '18 11:28:10 PM annette12
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** Joey Fagan. Then again, [[spoiler: in the novel Imelda explains that she and the other girls had a bet on to see who could get it on with him first.]]

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** Joey Fagan. He's old enough to be everyone else's "da", and looks every bit like a guy nearing 50 with his weather-beaten face, but his soft-spoken charm wins over the band's three female singers ó he's seen kissing one of them, has sex with another, and at least gets the last one, who's engaged to a rather boring man, flirtatious with him. Then again, [[spoiler: in the novel Imelda explains that she and the other girls had a bet on to see who could get it on with him first.]]
18th May '18 11:23:10 PM annette12
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lampshaded. Deco is such an obnoxious, unpleasant human being but also an amazing singer.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: BunnyEarsLawyer:
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Lampshaded. Deco is such an obnoxious, unpleasant human being but also an amazing singer.



* {{Fanservice}}: Imelda, in-universe. Lampshaded by Bernie, who has this to say about Jimmy's insistence on including Imelda in the band.
--> "What the fuck do they want Imelda Quirke for? Fuckin' tits and arse, that's it."



* HelloNurse: Imelda. Lampshaded by Bernie, who has this to say about Jimmy's insistence on including Imelda in the band.
--> "What the fuck do they want Imelda Quirke for? Fuckin' tits and arse, that's it."



* HopelessAuditionees: A montage (set to "Too Many Fish in the Sea") shows these appearing at Jimmy's door as he's trying to recruit his band. Jimmy asks each one who his/her influences are, then promptly slams the door in his/her face upon receiving their responses: "Barry Manilow," "Sinead O'Connor," "Wings...Bachman-Turner Overdrive?" "U2?" An apparent Boy George wannabe doesn't even get to name his influence.
** The only one brought in from this round is Dean, the saxophonist, because he says he's influenced by "[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Clarence Clemons]] and the guy from {{Music/Madness}}."

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* HiredForTheirLooks: In-universe Imelda was chosen as a back-up singer for this reason, although she turns out to be pretty talented like the other girls (justified because her actress was certainly not hired for her looks).
* HopelessAuditionees: A montage (set to "Too Many Fish in the Sea") shows these appearing at Jimmy's door as he's trying to recruit his band. Jimmy asks each one who his/her influences are, then promptly slams the door in his/her face upon receiving their responses: "Barry Manilow," "Sinead O'Connor," "Wings...Bachman-Turner Overdrive?" "U2?" An apparent Boy George wannabe doesn't even get to name his influence.
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influence. The only one brought in from this round is Dean, the saxophonist, because he says he's influenced by "[[Music/BruceSpringsteen Clarence Clemons]] and the guy from {{Music/Madness}}."



* JerkAss: A lot of the characters come across this way, but Deco stands out in particular.
** Deco sees himself as the [[IAmTheBand star of the band]], accidentally-on-purpose pushes the girls aside while singing Otis Redding's "Mr. Pitiful" at the band's first gig, makes lewd and crude jokes and remarks, especially in front of the girls, and generally enjoys doing things to get a rise out of people. Despite his size, he's generally all mouth and no fists, and he [[spoiler:does meet his match when he gets beaten to a pulp by the much smaller Mickah during the final band meltdown.]]
* KavorkaMan: Joey Fagan. Then again, [[spoiler: in the novel Imelda explains that she and the other girls had a bet on to see who could get it on with him first.]]

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: A lot of the characters come across this way, but Deco stands out in particular.
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particular. Deco sees himself as the [[IAmTheBand star of the band]], accidentally-on-purpose pushes the girls aside while singing Otis Redding's "Mr. Pitiful" at the band's first gig, makes lewd and crude jokes and remarks, especially in front of the girls, and generally enjoys doing things to get a rise out of people. Despite his size, he's generally all mouth and no fists, and he [[spoiler:does meet his match when he gets beaten to a pulp by the much smaller Mickah during the final band meltdown.]]
* KavorkaMan: KavorkaMan:
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Joey Fagan. Then again, [[spoiler: in the novel Imelda explains that she and the other girls had a bet on to see who could get it on with him first.]]]]
** Downplayed with Deco in the movie. Despite being a FatBastard, he has fangirls due to him being the frontman of the band. However the women who him personally (Bernie, Imelda, and Natalie) hate him and find him disgusting.
5th May '18 11:52:40 AM RedScharlach
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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, an unemployed music aficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.

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''The Commitments'' is a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle book of the same title, the first in his ''Barrytown Trilogy'', which tells of the adventures of the Rabitte Rabbitte family, working class residents of north-side Dublin. Set in Dublin in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]], it tells the story of Jimmy Rabitte, Rabbitte, an unemployed music aficionado who despairs of the Irish music and decides to form his own soul band; the Commitments. Gathering together a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits motley band of amateur musicians]] and guided by the mysterious trumpeter [[MilesGloriosus Joey "The Lips" Fagan]], they set out to bring {{Soul}} to Dublin. HilarityEnsues.



* ClusterFBomb: according to the Parents' Guide on imdb.com, there are 250 occurences of fuck and its derivatives in this movie.

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* ClusterFBomb: according According to the Parents' Guide on imdb.com, there are 250 occurences occurrences of fuck "fuck" and its derivatives in this movie.



* HiddenDepths: In the novel Mickah starts off as a the band's PsychoForHire bouncer, but later on turns out to be knowledgable about music, asks to be the new drummer (in the film he was drafted in because nobody else was available) and has his own stage name in mind. At the end of the book [[spoiler: he even becomes the lead singer of Jimmy's new group.]]

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* HiddenDepths: In the novel Mickah starts off as a the band's PsychoForHire bouncer, but later on turns out to be knowledgable knowledgeable about music, asks to be the new drummer (in the film he was drafted in because nobody else was available) and has his own stage name in mind. At the end of the book [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he even becomes the lead singer of Jimmy's new group.]]



* WordSaladLyrics and WordSaladPhilosophy: the lyrcs of ''Whiter Shade of Pale'' are laughed at in the last few lines of the film:

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* WordSaladLyrics and WordSaladPhilosophy: the lyrcs The lyrics of ''Whiter "A Whiter Shade of Pale'' Pale" are laughed at in the last few lines of the film:
28th Mar '18 8:47:58 AM 3rdStringPG
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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: In the novel, Derek never quite becomes as skilled as the other musicians in the group. In the film, all of the main cast members were talented musicians, so the trope is less prevalent, but he briefly falls out with Outspan over it during the massive band meltdown that takes place backstage during their last gig.

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: In the novel, Derek never quite becomes as skilled as the other musicians in the group. In the film, almost all of the main cast members were talented musicians, so the trope is less prevalent, but he briefly falls out with Outspan over it during the massive band meltdown that takes place backstage during their last gig.
21st Jan '18 10:38:16 AM moloch
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* SpiritualSequel: The book was part of an actual trilogy with ''The Snapper'' and ''The Van'' (and much later, ''The Deportees'' and ''The Guts''). Due to rights issues, the films only form a very loose trilogy with names in the latter two films changed and the only common link being Colm Meaney as the father of the main family.

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* SpiritualSequel: The book was part of an actual trilogy with ''The Snapper'' ''Film/TheSnapper'' and ''The Van'' (and much later, ''The Deportees'' and ''The Guts''). Due to rights issues, the films only form a very loose trilogy with names in the latter two films changed and the only common link being Colm Meaney as the father of the main family.
19th Aug '17 3:49:07 PM Q4
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* CelebrityParadox: The video store where the group watch a film of James Brown, has a promotion on Alan Parker films.
17th Aug '17 5:32:55 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: It's a bit like ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' if they were all from North Side Dublin.
27th May '17 5:02:17 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalUgliness: In the book, lead singer Deco was described as handsome (if still obnoxious), but in the film he's portrayed as a FatBastard. His actor Andrew Strong, like the rest of the cast, was chosen only for the musical talent even if he didnít resemble the description in the book.
22nd May '17 1:17:50 PM annette12
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* {{Hatedom}}: In the novel, the typically reserved Joey Fagan drops a ClusterFBomb only once, when he rants about Dean listening to {{Jazz}} records. In the movie, this aversion is transferred to Jimmy.
10th Mar '17 2:45:35 PM 3rdStringPG
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Instead of signing a deal with Eejit Records, the Commitments are no more after isolated arguments come together and escalate quickly into a massive band meltdown. But on the plus side, most of the ex-Commitments are revealed to be doing well after the breakup -- possible exceptions Outspan and Derek, while reduced to busking, at least appear to be happy, and have mended their briefly-fractured friendship. And Jimmy, even if he no longer has a band to manage, is left with some good memories. And may or may not be in a relationship with Natalie.]]


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Everyone at the end of the film, even the normally-tight Outspan and Derek. [[spoiler:They become friends again in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]
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