History Film / TheLegendOfBillieJean

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:
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* [[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.
9th May '15 3:12:50 PM tvinsomne
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* 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.

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* DawsonCasting: Of the principal cast, only Christian Slater was a teenager (15). Everyone else was over 20. Particularly egregious {{egregious}} is Yeardley Smith playing a girl who gets her first period during the movie...she was 21 in real life.
19th Dec '14 9:09:24 PM Angeldeb82
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* BigNO: Billie Jean when [[spoiler: Binx gets shot]].

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* BigNO: BigNo: Billie Jean when [[spoiler: Binx gets shot]].



* 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 DistressedDamsel to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see CrowningMusicOfAwesome, above).

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* 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 DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress to tough "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore" badass (see CrowningMusicOfAwesome, above).SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic in the YMMV tab).



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

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



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done Binx, pointing a gun with the safety off right at Hubie's father. And Lloyd's father, [[spoiler: bringing in the SWAT team that shoot Binx by accident]].
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Utterly averted; furthermore, the moment is [[PlayingWithATrope simultaneously]] PlayedForDrama ''and'' [[PlayedForLaughs For Laughs]].
* OneSteveLimit: No this film is not about the Michael Jackson song, nor is it about Billie Jean King.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done done, Binx, pointing a gun with the safety off right at Hubie's father. And Lloyd's father, [[spoiler: bringing in the SWAT team that shoot Binx by accident]].
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Utterly averted; furthermore, the moment is [[PlayingWithATrope simultaneously]] PlayedForDrama ''and'' [[PlayedForLaughs For for Laughs]].
* OneSteveLimit: No No, this film is not about the Michael Jackson Music/MichaelJackson song, nor is it about Billie Jean King.



* TagAlongKid: Putter who appears to be younger than the rest of the teens. If she isn't she's definitely a wee bit more immature than them so she still fits.

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* TagAlongKid: TagalongKid: Putter who appears to be younger than the rest of the teens. If she isn't she's definitely a wee bit more immature than them so she still fits.
21st Oct '14 2:14:02 PM djbj
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A 1985 film starring Helen Slater and Christian Slater (no relation in real life), about a small group of Texas teens who become outlaws after they are accused of attempted murder.

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A 1985 film starring Helen Slater and Christian Slater Creator/ChristianSlater (no relation in real life), about a small group of Texas teens who become outlaws after they are accused of attempted murder.



* DawsonCasting: Of the principal cast, only Christian Slater was a teenager (16). 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.

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* DawsonCasting: Of the principal cast, only Christian Slater was a teenager (16).(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.
7th Mar '14 3:08:46 AM BlackTemplar
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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.]]
7th Mar '14 2:42:45 AM BlackTemplar
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* DawsonCasting: Of the principal cast, only Christian Slater was a teenager (16). 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.
8th Feb '14 7:22:47 PM Bergamot
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Inverted. Putter was played by Yeardley Smith shortly ''before'' her unmistakeable voice was forever linked to the character of [[TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]].
21st Dec '13 7:50:44 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The [[spoiler: statue of Billie Jean and all her merchandise being burnt up]] when the truth about her comes out.
10th Sep '13 3:23:58 AM Temmere
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** It finally got a DVD release in 2011.
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