History Film / TheLawnmowerMan

25th Apr '16 2:33:47 PM TheNerfGuy
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* AssholeVictim: All of Jobe's victims fall under this trope, [[AcceptableTargets which is why nobody really feels bad]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil when Jobe kills them]]. [[spoiler: The sole exception being Marnie, though her MindRape isn't caused by Jobe but by VSI's director reverting the VR system to the original aggressive programming. It is implied that this is why that particular trip goes bad.]]

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* AssholeVictim: All of Jobe's victims fall under this trope, [[AcceptableTargets which is why nobody really feels bad]] bad [[PayEvilUntoEvil when Jobe kills them]]. [[spoiler: The sole exception being Marnie, though her MindRape isn't caused by Jobe but by VSI's director reverting the VR system to the original aggressive programming. It is implied that this is why that particular trip goes bad.]]
16th Feb '16 10:19:37 AM OlfinBedwere
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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: For once, this happens ''literally'' in the second film; Jobe is left with amnesia as the result of being caught in the explosions at the end of the first film, meaning that while he may still be super-intelligent, he no longer knows how to use any of the other powers he had.
29th Dec '15 11:11:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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The CGI, while quite impressive at the time the film was made, [[SpecialEffectFailure hasn't really aged well]]. Especially Jobe's DigitalAvatar, which sometimes enters the UncannyValley. Then again, the avatar[[note]]or the rest of the CG, for that matter[[/note]] isn't supposed to be photorealistic: it's the self-made AGodAmI image of an abused mental-defective who just got superhuman powers from untested military psychotropic drugs. Bizarreness is to be expected.

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The CGI, while quite impressive at the time the film was made, [[SpecialEffectFailure hasn't really aged well]]. Especially Jobe's DigitalAvatar, which sometimes enters the UncannyValley. Then again, the avatar[[note]]or the rest of the CG, for that matter[[/note]] isn't supposed to be photorealistic: it's the self-made AGodAmI image of an abused mental-defective who just got superhuman powers from untested military psychotropic drugs. Bizarreness is to be expected.
UncannyValley.
25th Dec '15 11:40:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is (more or less) same, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].

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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is (more or less) the same, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].
25th Dec '15 11:40:41 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is (more or less) similar, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].

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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is (more or less) similar, same, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].
25th Dec '15 11:39:47 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is more or less the same, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].

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'''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is more (more or less the same, less) similar, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].
25th Dec '15 11:38:49 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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A 1992 movie starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard. Brosnan plays [[ReluctantMadScientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo]], who works for Virtual Space Industries developing a intellect-enhancing program known as Project 5, which increases the intelligence of chimpanzees using drugs and [[CyberSpace virtual reality]]. But when one of the chimps goes on a rampage through the lab with a gun, Angelo decides to quit the experiment and start a new life elsewhere. He soon meets Jobe Smith (played by Jeff Fahey), a mentally handicapped [[TitleDrop lawnmower man]], whose guardian is [[AbusiveParents an abusive priest]] named Father [=McKeen=]. Jobe is also friends with Peter, Angelo's neighbors' young son. Angelo decides he would like to continue his studies of intelligence enhancement, but without needing to apply it for military purposes. He realizes that he needs a human subject, and that Jobe would be the perfect candidate.

Angelo convinces Jobe to be the subject of his experiments, telling him it will make him smarter. The expirements are successful and Jobe's intelligence starts to grow as a result, and he even begins to exhibit powers of telepathy and telekinesis, being able manipulate objects with his mind, as well as hear the thoughts of others. With his newfound intelligence and powers, Jobe soon decides that it was about time he punished those who have wronged him throughout his life...

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A '''''The Lawnmower Man''''' is a 1992 movie ScienceFiction film starring Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/JeffFahey. It was directed by Brett Leonard. Leonard who wrote the screenplay together Gimel Everett. The film's title is taken from the Creator/StephenKing short story of the same name, but aside from a single scene that is more or less the same, [[InNameOnly the two works shares absolutely no similarities]].

Brosnan plays [[ReluctantMadScientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo]], who works for Virtual Space Industries developing a intellect-enhancing program known as Project 5, which increases the intelligence of chimpanzees using drugs and [[CyberSpace virtual reality]]. But when one of the chimps goes on a rampage through the lab with a gun, Angelo decides to quit the experiment and start a new life elsewhere. He soon meets Jobe Smith (played by Jeff Fahey), a mentally handicapped [[TitleDrop lawnmower man]], whose guardian is [[AbusiveParents an abusive priest]] named Father [=McKeen=]. Jobe is also friends with Peter, Angelo's neighbors' young son. Angelo decides he would like to continue his studies of intelligence enhancement, but without needing to apply it for military purposes. He realizes that he needs a human subject, and that Jobe would be the perfect candidate.

Angelo convinces Jobe to be the subject of his experiments, telling him it will make him smarter. The expirements experiments are successful and Jobe's intelligence starts to grow as a result, and he even begins to exhibit powers of telepathy and telekinesis, being able manipulate objects with his mind, as well as hear the thoughts of others. With his newfound intelligence and powers, Jobe soon decides that it was about time he punished those who have wronged him throughout his life...



The CGI, which was quite impressive at the time, [[SpecialEffectFailure hasn't aged well]]. Especially Jobe's DigitalAvatar, which sometimes enters UncannyValley. Then again, the avatar[[note]]or the rest of the CG, for that matter[[/note]] isn't supposed to be photorealistic: it's the self-made AGodAmI image of an abused mental-defective who just got superhuman powers from untested military psychotropic drugs. Bizarreness is to be expected.

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The CGI, which was while quite impressive at the time, time the film was made, [[SpecialEffectFailure hasn't really aged well]]. Especially Jobe's DigitalAvatar, which sometimes enters the UncannyValley. Then again, the avatar[[note]]or the rest of the CG, for that matter[[/note]] isn't supposed to be photorealistic: it's the self-made AGodAmI image of an abused mental-defective who just got superhuman powers from untested military psychotropic drugs. Bizarreness is to be expected.



* InNameOnly: This film and Stephen King's original short story are both called ''The Lawnmower Man'', and that's about it. You might think the identical titles are just a coincidence, but apparently not- several promotional posters referred to the film as ''Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man'', at least until the author sued to distance himself from the film. The court explicitly forbade New Line Cinema from using Stephen King's name in conjunction with the film and required them to pay him 2.5 million dollars in damages. Not content with the ruling, New Line attempted to stealth market the film under the name "Stephen King's ''The Lawnmower Man''" in several major cities. New Line Cinemas was found to be in contempt of court and had to pay King $10,000 per day until they removed his name from all associated product. King did like the film, mind you. It just wasn't his story, which led to the suit.

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* InNameOnly: This film and Stephen King's original short story are both called ''The Lawnmower Man'', and that's about it. You might think the identical titles are just a coincidence, but apparently not- not -- several promotional posters referred to the film as ''Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man'', at least until the author sued to distance himself from the film. The court explicitly forbade New Line Cinema from using Stephen King's name in conjunction with the film and required them to pay him 2.5 million dollars in damages. Not content with the ruling, New Line attempted to stealth market the film under the name "Stephen King's ''The Lawnmower Man''" in several major cities. New Line Cinemas was found to be in contempt of court and had to pay King $10,000 per day until they removed his name from all associated product. King did like the film, mind you. It just wasn't his story, which led to the suit.
2nd Nov '15 8:41:00 PM FordPrefect
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** Interestingly, the movie references ''[[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction The Shop]]'', [[Literature/FireStarter which comes straight out another King novel]] and more or less has the same GovernmentConspiracy role.

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** Interestingly, the movie references ''[[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction The Shop]]'', [[Literature/FireStarter which comes straight out of another King novel]] and more or less has the same GovernmentConspiracy role.
2nd Nov '15 8:38:23 PM FordPrefect
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Jobe at a certain point plans to this, becoming PureEnergy by entering the mainframe during a VR trip. [[spoiler:And he succeeds. Though unlike most examples of the trope, his physical body withers instead of disappearing. (one of the many things the sequel ignores)]]

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Jobe at a certain point plans to do this, becoming PureEnergy by entering the mainframe during a VR trip. [[spoiler:And he succeeds. Though unlike most examples of the trope, his physical body withers instead of disappearing. (one of the many things the sequel ignores)]]
2nd Nov '15 8:37:57 PM FordPrefect
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The film performed modestly at the box office, making over $32 million (against its $10 million budget). It became successful on home video when a sequel was greenlit called ''Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace'' in 1996. Almost none of the main actors reprise their roles (with the exception of Austin O'Brien, who plays Peter) and was poorly received by critics and audiences, even landing a spot on the Website/IMDb Bottom 100 list.

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The film performed modestly at the box office, making over $32 million (against its $10 million budget). It became successful on home video when a sequel was greenlit called ''Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace'' in 1996. Almost none of the main actors reprise their roles (with the exception of Austin O'Brien, who plays Peter) and it was poorly received by critics and audiences, even landing a spot on the Website/IMDb Bottom 100 list.
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