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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.]]
6th Mar '17 12:37:56 PM 3rdStringPG
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* DoNotCallMePaul: In-universe. Declan Cuffe doesn't like using his given name onstage -- it has to be Deco.
6th Mar '17 12:35:32 PM 3rdStringPG
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* GenderBlenderName: Bernie, though as the novel confirms, this is short for Bernadette.
25th Feb '17 7:46:46 PM nombretomado
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* MilesGloriosus: In the film, Joey claims to have played with ElvisPresley, FrankSinatra, Music/TheBeatles and an array of famous soul artists, although he doesn't have much evidence. At the end of the film [[spoiler: he disappears, leaving a postcard explaining he is on tour with the long-dead Joe Tex]]. This is less ambiguous in the novel, where he is able to provide photographs of himself playing with Otis Redding and others and quickly departs at the conclusion [[spoiler: because he was tricked into thinking he's impregnated one of the girls, the climax of a sub-plot not included in the film.]]

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* MilesGloriosus: In the film, Joey claims to have played with ElvisPresley, FrankSinatra, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/FrankSinatra, Music/TheBeatles and an array of famous soul artists, although he doesn't have much evidence. At the end of the film [[spoiler: he disappears, leaving a postcard explaining he is on tour with the long-dead Joe Tex]]. This is less ambiguous in the novel, where he is able to provide photographs of himself playing with Otis Redding and others and quickly departs at the conclusion [[spoiler: because he was tricked into thinking he's impregnated one of the girls, the climax of a sub-plot not included in the film.]]
25th Feb '17 5:12:37 AM 3rdStringPG
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* LighterAndSofter: The film, while pretty edgy itself in terms of language as explained under ClusterFBomb, removes every character from the novel's casual use of the N-word.
22nd Feb '17 4:32:02 AM 3rdStringPG
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* OneSteveLimit: Ironically enforced in the film as a "One James Limit." In the novel, the keyboardist's name is James Clifford. But since Jimmy (Rabbitte) is a nickname for James, the keyboardist was renamed ''Steven'' Clifford.
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