History Film / TheLegendOfBillieJean

25th Feb '17 7:10:27 PM wyattte
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* KickTheDog: When Billie Jean goes to turn herself in, in exchange for the money owed for the scooter, Mr. Pyatt instead get Hubie to [[WouldHitAGirl sneak attack her]] right there in the mall. They couldn't not be {{Jerkass}}es for that one meeting?
24th Feb '17 1:39:34 PM wyattte
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* GroinAttack: Billie Jean knees Hubie in the groin after he beats up her brother. [[spoiler: And in her big standoff at the end with Mr. Pyatt, she gives him an even bigger one.

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* GroinAttack: Billie Jean knees Hubie in the groin after he beats up her brother. [[spoiler: And in her big standoff at the end with Mr. Pyatt, she gives him an even bigger one.]]


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* HotBlooded: That's Binx all over.
24th Feb '17 1:19:14 PM wyattte
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* AttemptedRape: A leering Mr. Pyatt offers to repay the six hundred to Billie Jean and Binx with installments, in exchange for... well, he calls it "lessons." She resists, and it turns into a struggle, which ends up with Binx intervening and shooting him in the shoulder by accident.
24th Feb '17 12:59:36 PM wyattte
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!!Tropes are fair!:

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!!Tropes are fair!:
!!"I'm Billie Jean Davy, and I wanna set the record straight..."



* {{Corpsing}}: Lloyd tries to record a fake hostage message but can't stop laughing at what he's saying.

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* ConsummateLiar: As Mr. Pyatt himself said:
-->'''Mr. Pyatt:''' Hubie and the truth have a way of not gettin' along with each other.
** Of course, where do you think Hubie got it from? Mr. Pyatt masterfully bullshits the police and his Billie Jean-loving clients the whole movie, until [[spoiler: Billie Jean exposes him in front of hundreds of fans, who promptly burn all the merchandise.]]
* {{Corpsing}}: InUniverse. Lloyd tries to record a fake hostage message but can't stop laughing at what he's saying.



* GroinAttack: Billie Jean knees Hubie in the groin after he beats up her brother.

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* GroinAttack: Billie Jean knees Hubie in the groin after he beats up her brother. [[spoiler: And in her big standoff at the end with Mr. Pyatt, she gives him an even bigger one.



** Billie Jean does this halfway through the movie. It serves two purposes: 1) the new look invokes comparisons to Joan Of Arc (more specifically, a Classic Hollywood depiction of her); and 2) it marks her shift from passive, fleeing DamselInDistress to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the YMMV tab).

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** Billie Jean does this halfway through the movie. It serves two purposes: 1) the new look invokes comparisons to Joan Of Arc (more specifically, a Classic Hollywood depiction of her); and 2) it marks her shift from passive, fleeing DamselInDistress to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the YMMV tab). How important is this haircut? It becomes a huge local fad.


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* LovableRogue: How tons of kids and teens in the Corpus Christi area see Billie Jean, with girls even adopting her hairstyle en masse.
** HumbleHero: That said, it's not a status she really asked for, or embraces to a significant degree - she and Binx just got themselves into a bad situation that spiraled out of control. She is, however, grateful for the support, especially since her fans pay dividends in the third act.
* MouthyKid: Putter's raison d'être.
-->'''Putter:''' Hubie won't bring [the scooter] back.
-->'''Ringwald:''' How do you know?
-->'''Putter:''' 'Cause he's a [[PrecisionFStrike fucker]], that's how I know!


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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Billie Jean, in her climactic confrontation with Mr. Pyatt, does a textbook example of this trope.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Putter takes Billie Jean's escape as an easy way of getting the hell away from her physically abusive mom.
11th Nov '16 4:44:54 PM HighCrate
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* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Likely this is why Billie Jean became so popular in-universe. In a twist, some guys considered her a role model as well. In-universe, she's still smart and law-abiding - and stresses that they're not to steal or do anything else illegal while on the run. Although she shoplifts toys, she leaves an IOU for them.
14th Sep '16 9:23:14 AM JamesAustin
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->Fair is ''fair''!

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* GunsAreBad: The plot gets kicked off by Binx accidentally firing off a gun at Hubie's father. A redneck shoots at the teens with his shotgun while they're on the road and [[spoiler: Binx gets shot by a SWAT sniper]] who thinks he's Billie Jean. All because he stole a toy gun and fooled the police with it.
14th Sep '16 8:24:28 AM JamesAustin
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* KarmaHoudini: Yes, she was harassed and nearly raped. But Billie Jean and her gang broke plenty of laws. Even if you figure that Lloyd went willingly and wasn't kidnapped, and that the car they stole belonged to their own family...they still ran away. They committed vandalism. They incited a riot. They broke traffic laws. And their punishment for all of this? [[spoiler: Nothing.]]
29th May '16 12:48:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Inverted. Good guy Binx is blond while asshole Hubie is brunet.
24th Mar '16 8:40:44 AM fearlessnikki
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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:
!!Tropes are fair!:



* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: It's never said who's older but the plot is kicked off by Billie Jean sticking up for her brother.

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* {{Bathos}}: Putter getting [[spoiler: her first period]] (see below) is both played for drama and comedy.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: It's never said who's older but the plot is kicked off by Billie Jean sticking up for her brother. Binx also has instinct for his sister, threatening Mr Pyatt with a gun when he tries to rape her.



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Billie Jean is blonde, Putter is brunette and Ophelia is redhead.
* BrickJoke: Binx and Billie Jean talk about Vermont at the start, and Binx wants to run away to Vermont after they shoot Mr Pyatt. [[spoiler: They're shown taking a vacation there at the end]].



* ChekhovsGun: Putter's marbles.

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* CatchPhrase: "Fair is fair."
* ChekhovsGun: Putter's marbles.marbles, which she packs as they run away. She uses them to delay the police when escaping from the mall.



* ClusterFBomb: Putter likes to curse a lot, which is a little startling - as she's the baby of the group.



* GirlishPigtails: Putter.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Likely this is why Billie Jean became so popular in-universe. In a twist, some guys considered her a role model as well.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler: Hubie seems to be disgusted by how his father exploited Billie Jean by the end]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Both Billie Jean and Binx get a scene where they're both in swimsuits relaxing by the creek. Also as it's in the middle of a hot summer in Corpus, mostly everyone else is wearing summer clothes too.
* GirlishPigtails: Putter.
Putter has these to establish her as the baby of the group.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Likely this is why Billie Jean became so popular in-universe. In a twist, some guys considered her a role model as well. In-universe, she's still smart and law-abiding - and stresses that they're not to steal or do anything else illegal while on the run. Although she shoplifts toys, she leaves an IOU for them.



* GroinAttack

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* GroinAttackGroinAttack: Billie Jean knees Hubie in the groin after he beats up her brother.



* HollywoodHealing: Subverted. Binx has visible bruises on his face throughout the film, having just gotten beaten up by Hubie before the plot starts.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mr Pyatt refuses to pay the $608 his son owes in damage to the scooter, after he gets shot. Yet he's still happy to sell merchandise of Billie Jean even though he tried to rape her.



* ImportantHaircut: Billie Jean does this halfway through the movie. It serves two purposes: 1) the new look invokes comparisons to Joan Of Arc (more specifically, a Classic Hollywood depiction of her); and 2) it marks her shift from passive, fleeing DamselInDistress to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the YMMV tab).

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* ImportantHaircut: ImportantHaircut:
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Billie Jean does this halfway through the movie. It serves two purposes: 1) the new look invokes comparisons to Joan Of Arc (more specifically, a Classic Hollywood depiction of her); and 2) it marks her shift from passive, fleeing DamselInDistress to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the YMMV tab).



* JeanneDArchetype
* {{Jerkass}}: Hubie and, later, his father
* KarmaHoudini: Yes, she was harassed and nearly raped. But Billie Jean and her gang broke plenty of laws. Even if you figure that Lloyd went willingly and wasn't kidnapped, and that the car they stole belonged to their own family...they still ran away. They committed vandalism. They incited a riot. They broke traffic laws. And their punishment for all of this? [[spoiler: Nothing.]]

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* JeanneDArchetype
JeanneDArchetype: Billie Jean becomes a role model for teens in a similar manner to Joan of Arc. She even adopts her famous hairstyle inspired by a film depiction of Joan.
* {{Jerkass}}: Hubie and, later, his father
father.
* KarmaHoudini: Yes, she was harassed and nearly raped. But Billie Jean and her gang broke plenty of laws. Even if you figure that Lloyd went willingly and wasn't kidnapped, and that the car they stole belonged to their own family...they still ran away. They committed vandalism. They incited a riot. They broke traffic laws. And their punishment for all of this? [[spoiler: Nothing.]]]]



* LittleMissSnarker: Putter is this mixed with CloudCuckooLander.



* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Lt. Ringwald.

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* SixthRanger: Lloyd joins the crew, passing himself off as a hostage, about halfway through the film.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Lt. Ringwald.Ringwald, who just wants to help Billie Jean come home. The mess would have been solved by him sooner - if not for Mr Pyatt's KickTheDog moment in the mall.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Putter and Ophelia

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Putter and OpheliaOphelia.



* WouldHurtAChild: Putter's mother.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Putter's mother. Her introduction is smacking her for coming home late.
31st Oct '15 8:48:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* BreakawayPopHit: PatBenatar's "Invincible"



* DawsonCasting: Of the principal cast, only Christian Slater was a teenager (15). Everyone else was over 20. Particularly {{egregious}} is Yeardley Smith playing a girl who gets her first period during the movie...she was 21 in real life.



* HeyItsThatVoice: Inverted. Putter was played by Yeardley Smith shortly ''before'' her unmistakable voice was forever linked to the character of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The film has never gotten a DVD release and most people have only seen it from TV airings.
** It finally got a DVD release in 2011.
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