History Film / TheManWhoKnewTooLittle

11th Jun '17 3:42:14 PM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Everyone who sees Wallace soon comes to the conclusion they're dealing with a master spy with an uncanny ability to survive things and see him as either a hero or a WorthyOpponent. The idea that he has absolutely no clue what is really happening and thinks it's a game is impossible for them to imagine.
19th Jan '17 8:34:47 PM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tmwktl_7648.gif]]A 1997 film written by Robert Farrar (adapted from his novel ''Watch That Man'') and starring Creator/BillMurray, which combines AndYouThoughtItWasAGame with Main/MistakenForBadass.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tmwktl_7648.gif]]A A 1997 film written by Robert Farrar (adapted from his novel ''Watch That Man'') and starring Creator/BillMurray, which combines AndYouThoughtItWasAGame with Main/MistakenForBadass.
19th Jan '17 8:34:04 PM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tmwktl_7648.gif]]A 1997 film written by Robert Farrar (adapted from his novel ''Watch That Man'') and starring Creator/BillMurray, which combines AndYouThoughtItWasAGame with Main/MistakenForBadass.

Wallace Ritchie is an American [[DeadlyRoadTrip vacationing in London,]] hoping to spend his birthday with his brother Jimmy (PeterGallagher). Unfortunately, James has an important business dinner; in order to get rid of Wallace for the evening, he signs him up for an evening with the Theatre of Life, an [[{{LARP}} experimental hyper-realistic audience-participation theater.]]

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tmwktl_7648.gif]]A 1997 film written by Robert Farrar (adapted from his novel ''Watch That Man'') and starring Creator/BillMurray, which combines AndYouThoughtItWasAGame with Main/MistakenForBadass.

Wallace Ritchie (Murray) is an American [[DeadlyRoadTrip vacationing in London,]] London]], hoping to spend his birthday with his brother Jimmy (PeterGallagher). Unfortunately, James has an important business dinner; in order to get rid of Wallace for the evening, he signs him up for an evening with the Theatre of Life, an [[{{LARP}} experimental hyper-realistic audience-participation theater.]]
20th May '16 3:58:59 AM erforce
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* ShoutOut: The man disguised as a waiter who approaches Wallace in the end of the film is addressed as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "Venkman."]]

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* ShoutOut: The man disguised as a waiter who approaches Wallace in the end of the film is addressed as [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} "Venkman."]]
5th May '16 11:01:06 AM case
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* WorthyOpponent: Boris comes to feel this way about Wallace after getting thwarted enough times.
11th Nov '15 4:41:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame

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* BornLucky: Wallace.

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* CringeComedy
* DeadlyRoadTrip

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* TheFool: Wallace.

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* InspectorOblivious
* InstantSedation
* LingerieScene / StockingFiller: Lori's introduction.
* MistakenForBadass, of course.
* MistakenForSpies
* NotSoFakePropWeapon
* TheNounWhoVerbed: The title.

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* MistakenForBadass, of course.
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* SpySpeak: "Remember to flush."

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* ThatRussianSquatDance

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18th Sep '15 7:15:35 PM easytorememberhandle
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** The joke is [[DontExplainTheJoke kind of ruined]] by the fact that they then have Wallace say, "Thanks for letting me drive."


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* ThatCameOutWrong: Boris the Butcher, searching for Wallace backstage where the Russian dancers are setting up, runs into the CampGay director.
-->'''Director:''': Excuse me, no entry without a pass.\\
'''Boris''': I am looking for a tall American man.\\
'''Director''': Aren't we all, darling. But I must ask you to leave.
11th Aug '15 4:57:52 AM Morgenthaler
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It should be noted that, beyond the [[strike:similar titles]] title which is obviously a [[ShoutOut reference]] (and [[MistakenForSpies superficial plot similarities]]), this film has nothing to do with Hitchcock's thriller ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.

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It should be noted that, beyond the [[strike:similar titles]] title which is obviously a [[ShoutOut reference]] (and [[MistakenForSpies superficial plot similarities]]), this film has nothing to do with Hitchcock's thriller ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.
23rd Jul '15 2:35:31 AM MasoTey
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* SociopathicHero: Viewing the events of the movie from the point of view of the actual spies can lead to a wildly different interpretation of Wallace. He comes off as an absurdly skilled (even by badass standards) rogue agent who is doing everything he does just for laughs, and that it's so easy for him, he can afford to goof around and just do whatever amuses him at the time. Among his many deeds include pretending like he's going to execute Lori, [[ForTheEvulz for no reason whatsoever,]] playing with a dead body and applauding it for being so remarkably dead, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and running over traffic cones]] while fleeing assassins, simply because he's always wanted to do it and now seemed like a good time. Basically, to those not in on the joke (Everyone but Wallace), he might as well be the super-spy version of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* SociopathicHero: Viewing the events of the movie from the point of view of the actual spies can lead to a wildly different interpretation of Wallace. He comes off as an absurdly skilled (even by badass standards) rogue agent who is doing everything he does just for laughs, and that it's so easy for him, he can afford to goof around and just do whatever amuses him at the time. Among his many deeds include pretending like he's going to execute Lori, [[ForTheEvulz for no reason whatsoever,]] playing with a dead body and applauding it for being so remarkably dead, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and running over traffic cones]] while fleeing assassins, simply because he's always wanted to do it and now seemed like a good time. Basically, to those not in on the joke (Everyone (everyone but Wallace), he might as well be the super-spy version of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
23rd Jul '15 2:32:54 AM MasoTey
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* ElectricTorture: Dr. Kropotkin's preferred method.
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