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11th Jan '16 6:08:55 PM Prfnoff
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-> ''"To be there with him is and see the way that he sees the world is to be transported. I mean, I have never loved anything the way that he loves music."'' --> '''Steve Lopez''' '''''The Soloist''''' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Creator/JamieFoxx and Creator/RobertDowneyJr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
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-> ''"To ->''"To be there with him is and see the way that he sees the world is to be transported. I mean, I have never loved anything the way that he loves music."'' --> -->-- '''Steve Lopez''' '''''The Soloist''''' ''The Soloist'' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Creator/JamieFoxx and Creator/RobertDowneyJr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
12th Nov '15 5:05:25 PM nombretomado
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'''''The Soloist''''' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Jamie Foxx and RobertDowneyJr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
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'''''The Soloist''''' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Jamie Foxx Creator/JamieFoxx and RobertDowneyJr.Creator/RobertDowneyJr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
8th Nov '15 9:55:51 AM MarioandSmurfs
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* MotorMouth: Nathaniel.
15th Feb '14 4:59:11 AM NTC3
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* MenAreMarsWomenAreVenus: In one of the early scenes at the newspaper publishing building, we see a female journalist with an inscibed mug. The lettering reads "Men Are From Mars, She Stole My Penis".
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* MenAreMarsWomenAreVenus: MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: In one of the early scenes at the newspaper publishing building, we see a female journalist with an inscibed mug. The lettering reads "Men Are From Mars, She Stole My Penis".
15th Feb '14 4:50:27 AM NTC3
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-> ''"To be there with him is and see the way that he sees the world is to be transported. I mean, I have never loved anything the way that he loves music."'' --> '''Steve Lopez'''

* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted. The film lets us overhear the conversations between several other unnamed homeless, which humanize them and give them far more depth. There's also a harrowing scene when Steve arrives at a shelter to find that Nathaniel isn't there and that an unnamed black man has been beaten up badly enough to end up in an ER. Fearing the worst, he spends the night trying to get answers from the uncooperative hospital staff. It wasn't Nathaniel, but the point is made that such things happen every day and it could have easily been him.

* CrazyHomelessPeople: Nathaniel * FilmOfTheBook * UsefulNotes/LosAngeles
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* CerebusSyndrome: The second half is far more dramatic and serious than the first, although for slightly different reasons than most works. Whereas the light-hearted works usually grow darker in attempt to be more mature, here some particularly jarring humour has been crammed in the beginning, apparently in an attempt to lure in the Robert Downey Jr. fans who wouldn’t normally watch such a film. * CrazyHomelessPeople: Nathaniel Nathaniel, as a benign, non-violent version. [[spoiler: though he does get a violent outburst when Lopez shows him the papers that declare him as schizophrenic, which he immediately regrets.]] * FilmOfTheBook DrugsAreBad: On the night when Steve watches Nathaniel get to sleep in a tunnel with other homeless, they’re disturbed by a ground gathering around a man who died of heroin overdose. * UsefulNotes/LosAngelesEasyEvangelism: Averted with the music teacher, who attempts to convert Nathaniel into his church, but fails miserably at it, and only makes things worse. * EveryCarIsAPinto: Seems to be played straight in one flashback, when there's a car crashing and catching on fire in the young Nathaniel's neigbourhood. * FilmOfTheBook: The book written by one its central characters, no less. In the DVD's Special Features, RealLife Steve Lopez says that he rejected about 15 offers to adapt his story before he agreed to this version. * HardWorkHardlyWorks: Invoked and averted: Nathaniel himself spent hours training in his youth, with great results, and presumes that everyone in Juilliard trains just as hard. When he overheard one of the other students mention he only trains half-an-hour a week, this sets off an identity crisis for Nathaniel, and it's implied to be the first time he's heard the voices in his head. * HollywoodAtheist: Steve seems to have this view of them. Early on in the film, he attempts interviewing an atheist charity group, and one of his lines is “So do you non-gather in your non-worship?” The film itself doesn't agree with Lopez on that issue however: see EasyEvangelism above. * HoYay: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. Steve is very much aware that their relationship seems to head into "more than friends" territory and in one scene, Nathaniel outright tells him "I love you." Steve brings this up with the LAMP's manager, and when the latter suggests him to get over it he rejects it, saying " I don't want to be the only thing he has. "I love you Steve" all too often turns into "You have failed me, Steve." * LastNameBasis: Steve and Nathaniel end up calling each other as Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ayers by the end of the film, a sign that Nathaniel has begun to move from personal dependency on Steve to greater independence and that Steve rediscovered respect and integrity in his journalistic work. * UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: The city features prominently in the film, and Nathaniel frequently repeats many of landmarks where he has played as a MadnessMantra of sorts. The film also focuses a lot on the city's problem with homelessness: the ending credits reiterate that there are still 90,000 homeless on its streets. * MenAreMarsWomenAreVenus: In one of the early scenes at the newspaper publishing building, we see a female journalist with an inscibed mug. The lettering reads "Men Are From Mars, She Stole My Penis". * MayDecemberRomance: Amongst the homeless people at LAMP, there’s a black man in early 30’s and a much older white woman near him, and it’s strongly implied they’re in a relationship. * MoneyDearBoy: Initially, Steve Lopez is only interested in Nathaniel because his newspaper is losing customers, and he needs to have a good story in the paper. Later on, when he receives an award for his writings, one of his manager friends only sees them as “a way to get a load of dough”. * OneSteveLimit: Averted, literally. There’s Steve Lopez, the lead journalist, and there’s another Steve amongst the homeless.

** However, none of it worked, as the film has many critics off with its tonal dissonance at the beginning, and so it wasn't nominated. Not only that, but because it was released right in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, it ended up ignored and only made half of its budget back. * CrazyHomelessPeople: Nathaniel * FilmOfTheBook * UsefulNotes/LosAngelesParentalAbandonment: Steve's ex-wife calls him out on practically forgetting about their son and not even bothering to write him letters, let alone regularly meeting him.

* UnlockingTheTalent * WhiteMansBurden
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* UnlockingTheTalent SeriousBusiness: Nathaniel perceives cigarette butts left around as personal insults. At one point, he risks his life and jumps into the traffic to pick up a loose cigarette butt, without understanding just how much danger he has put himself through. ** There’s also the scene where after finally persuading Nathaniel to move into a flat, Lopez notices a cigarette butt on the floor and rushes in to pick it up. * WhiteMansBurdenThereAreNoTherapists: Averted with Nathaniel: there are therapists, but like many such people, he doesn’t want to contact them and the manager of the LAMP is similarly reluctant to employ them, believing it a violation of the clients' free will. When Steve calls him out on his methods failing to work, the manager manages to convince him otherwise, telling him that this would betray all trust Nathaniel held in him and that he needs friend more than therapy. * TomatoInTheMirror: Nathaniel has a version of this when he sees the guardianship papers which would place him in the care of his sister. There, he’s stated to have a schizophrenic mind, which comes as a great shock to him: [[TruthInTelevision one of the hallmarks of severe schizophrenia is to believe yourself to be normal at all costs.]] * UnlockingTheTalent: Not so much unlocking, since Nathaniel has had it since his childhood, but allowing him to overcome at least some of the mental illness that stifles said talent. * UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Purposefully invoked in one scene, when young Nathaniel sees a car crash and burn in their neighbourhood, yet turns away and continues to practice his music, thus showing the extent of his mental condition. * WhiteMansBurden: Initially played straight, then deconstructed, as Lopez realises that Nathaniel cannot depend on him alone, but has to establish himself as his own person in spite of his mental illness.
8th Jun '13 6:22:18 PM barretxiii
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'''''The Soloist''''' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
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'''''The Soloist''''' is a 2009 drama film directed by JoeWright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.RobertDowneyJr. It is [[FilmOfTheBook based on the book of the same title]] by Steve Lopez. Steve Lopez is also the main character of the film, and the film essentially chronicles the events which supposedly led to the writing of the book. Both the film and the book are based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.
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