History Film / TheWrongGuy

16th Jul '16 5:18:46 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Nelson's father-in-law apparently liked to engage in this in his office. ''Despite'' the security cameras in his office, as Detective Arlen and the other investigators discover when they review the footage.
-->'''Detective Arlen:''' Did he... know the cameras were there?\\
'''Security Guard:''' ''[Looking haunted]'' Yes.
30th Oct '15 3:06:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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Nelson Hibbert (Foley) is a slightly obnoxious executive who will do anything he can to get to the top. His boss is just about to announce the new president of the company, and Nelson thinks it's going be himself. Of course, it's not, and Nelson ends up yelling death threats at his boss while being dragged away by security. And, to make matters worse, a few minutes later Nelson's boss is murdered, and Nelson is the first one to discover the body. The police already know who the real killer is, and it's not Nelson. However, the extremely paranoid Nelson does not know this, and, fearing that he will be framed, goes on the run. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensues]] as Nelson frequently crosses paths with both the cops and the real killer at the worst times possible.

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Nelson Hibbert (Foley) is a slightly obnoxious executive who will do anything he can to get to the top. His top, and is convinced that his boss is just about to announce him as the new president of the company, and company. When his boss instead gives this position to his hated rival, Nelson thinks it's going be himself. Of course, it's not, doesn't take it very well, and Nelson ends up yelling death threats at his boss while being dragged away by security. And, to To make matters worse, a few minutes later Nelson's boss is murdered, and Nelson is the first one to discover the body. The Panicking and paranoid, Nelson is convinced that the police will conclude he is the murderer (not least because of the many ways he accidentally implicates himself) and decides to go on the run... unaware that the police already know who the real killer murderer is, and it's not Nelson. However, the extremely paranoid aren't interested in Nelson does not know this, and, fearing that he will be framed, goes on in the run.slightest. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Ensues]] as Nelson frequently crosses paths with both the cops and the real killer at the worst times possible.
22nd Jan '15 6:11:55 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ShaggyDogStory: The premise is a man who unnecessarily goes on the run because he's convinced the police think he's a murderer while the police know full well he isn't, making his entire 'escape' utterly pointless.
1st Sep '14 8:16:01 AM nelec
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A 1997 comedy film starring [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Dave Foley]], Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins and Colm Feore.

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A 1997 comedy film starring [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Dave Foley]], Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins and Colm Feore.
Creator/ColmFeore.
26th May '14 11:02:25 AM AnoBakaDesu
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26th May '14 11:02:24 AM AnoBakaDesu
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Unfortunately, the film only received a theatrical release in Canada, and it was only released direct-to-video in the U.S. Thus, not many people have seen it. However, it's well worth tracking down, as it [[NeedsMoreLove Needs More Love]], big time.

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Unfortunately, the film only received a theatrical release in Canada, and it was only released direct-to-video in the U.S. Thus, not many people have seen it. [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove However, it's well worth tracking down, as it [[NeedsMoreLove Needs More Love]], big time.down]].
26th May '14 11:02:24 AM AnoBakaDesu
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24th May '14 9:28:37 PM DoctorNemesis
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* MiscarriageOfJustice: Subverted; Nelson, having discovered the body and, through a convoluted series of mishaps, ended up being covered in his boss's blood, flees because he's convinced this is going to happen. The police, however, have ample amounts of evidence that point to the real killer and are not interested in him in the slightest.
28th Jan '14 11:13:11 PM DoctorNemesis
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* TheDitz: Nelson... is not the brightest of men.
23rd Nov '13 5:49:09 PM FerdinandtheBull
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A 1997 comedy film starring [[TheKidsInTheHall Dave Foley]], Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins and Colm Feore.

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A 1997 comedy film starring [[TheKidsInTheHall [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Dave Foley]], Jennifer Tilly, David Anthony Higgins and Colm Feore.



* ActorAllusion: Nelson is constantly mistaken for a woman, a role David Foley played frequently (and convincingly) on TheKidsInTheHall.

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* ActorAllusion: Nelson is constantly mistaken for a woman, a role David Foley played frequently (and convincingly) on TheKidsInTheHall.''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''.



* TheCameo: Dave Foley's fellow [[TheKidsInTheHall Kids in the Hall]] cast member Kevin [=McDonald=] shows up as a motel clerk.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Parodied. Nelson ''believes'' that two teabags and a sheet of wax paper will help him later, but when the right time comes, he has no idea what to do with them
* LineOfSightName: Nelson wakes up in a hospital; believing he's a wanted man, he needs a fake name. So he tries "Enemabag Jones". When the doctor isn't convinced he tries again, reading his fake name off her nametag.

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* TheCameo: BadCopIncompetentCop: Of the two cops assigned to finding Nagel's murderer, one uses the investigation as a thin excuse to eat at restaurants, visit strip clubs, see a Music/{{Moby}} concert, etc., and the other seems to believe this will genuinely help.
* BadLiar: Nelson.
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Nelson not only takes the knife out of Nagel's body, he hangs on to it, brandishes it as he walks through the building, drops in in the elevator and has it handed back to him by another passenger, and when he finally tries to get rid of it by throwing it off a bridge, it lands directly on a police boat.
-->'''Fred Holden:''' Nelson, set these people straight. You're not a killer, are you?\\
'''Nelson:''' A killer? No! No, no, no, no, no. I'm an ''alleged'' killer. And yes, I did threaten the man and my prints were all over the murder weapon, [[NotHelpingYourCase but that's just 'cause I pulled it out of his skull!]] ''[mimes]''
* BigWhat:
-->'''Nagel:''' The new president of Nagel Industries is -- big surprise! -- Ken Daly.\\
'''Nelson:''' WHAT?\\
'''Nagel:''' Pardon?\\
'''Nelson:''' What did you just say?\\
'''Nagel:''' Ken is the new president.\\
'''Nelson:''' WHAT?\\
'''Nagel:''' I don't know how to say it any more clearly. Ken is the new president.\\
'''Nelson:''' Somebody else say something.\\
'''Some guy:''' Hibbert, you're making an ass of yourself.\\
'''Nelson:''' Okay, I ''can'' hear, I just can't believe WHAT I am hearing.
* TheCameo:
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Dave Foley's fellow [[TheKidsInTheHall Kids [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Kid in the Hall]] cast member Kevin [=McDonald=] shows up as a motel clerk.
** Director David Steinberg is the hospital patient whose newspaper Nelson tries to steal for a NewspaperThinDisguise.
* ClimbingClimax: Parodied. It takes place at a miniature-golf course full of replicas of American landmarks, and the killer takes Nelson and Lynn hostage at the top of the Statue of Liberty, which is just a big plywood head. When he (inevitably) falls to the ground, he only groans and complains, "I fell on my keys."
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Upon escaping the bank, Nelson, in his old-timey uniform, is immediately offered a ride on a bus headed for a barbershop-quartet convention. A second later, a bus going to the "Emotionally Disturbed Veterans' Retreat" stops for the killer, who is of course dressed accordingly.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The killer remarks that he'd never marry someone just to further his career. Nelson objects, "Hey, you don't know what it's like out there!"
* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: Happens to Nelson twice, once when he [[WhatAnIdiot happily eats some strange berries and a large mushroom he finds in the woods]], and more understandably when he hides in a freight car full of canned hams that turn out to be tainted.
* TheGhost: Constance, Nelson's fiancee. He calls her twice to update her on events, including that he's fallen in love with another woman, but we never see or hear her..
* ILied: Nagel's explanation when Nelson points out that he ''told'' him he was going to be the next president of the company.
* InelegantBlubbering: Nelson after finding out he's been passed over. He's unknowingly leaning on the intercom, and [[NoSympathy his coworkers gather around it to laugh]].
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Parodied. Nelson ''believes'' that two teabags and a sheet of wax paper will help him later, but when the right time comes, he has no idea what to do with them
them.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll
* LineOfSightName: Nelson wakes up in a hospital; believing he's a wanted man, he needs a fake name. So he tries "Enemabag Jones". When the doctor isn't convinced he tries again, reading his fake name "Dr. Helen Harris" off her nametag.nametag. Later, when he meets Lynn, he gives up and just tells her his real name.
* LocalAngle: Farmer Brown owns the town newspaper, so uses Nelson's fugitive status to cause a run on the bank. When one of the angry citizens produces a copy of the paper, the front-page headlines read "Teller Is a Cold-Blooded Murderer" and [[LampshadeHanging "Run on Bank Planned for Later Today."]]
* LovableCoward: Nelson.
* MasterOfDisguise: Played for laughs with the murderer, who [[CrazyPrepared has an endless supply of disguises]] and goes through them at an unnecessary rate.
* MexicanStandoff: Neatly explained by the killer:
-->'''Cop:''' Freeze! Put down your weapon.\\
'''Killer:''' No. You put down yours, or I put a hole through this guy's [Nelson's] head.\\
'''Cop:''' Well. Looks like we've got ourselves a Mexican standoff.\\
'''Killer:''' Not really. A Mexican standoff is where no one has an advantage. In this case, I could use this guy as a shield, kill you, and then kill him anyway.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Cop:''' My mistake. What if I put down my gun, walk away, and you don't kill me? ''[lays down gun, raises hands]'' What's that called?\\
'''Killer:''' That's called you're a stinking yellow coward.\\
'''Cop:''' Stinking yellow coward. Works for me. ''[runs]''
* MistakenForBadass: Nelson by the killer, because of the way [[ContrivedCoincidence he keeps turning up right on his trail]], like some kind of "supercop." Not by anyone else, though.
-->'''Fred Holden:''' The Nelson Hibbert I know is incapable of murder! Not morally, but physically.
* NoBigDeal: No matter how conspicuous Nelson makes himself by acting as guilty as humanly possible, other characters never react beyond giving him strange looks.
* NoNameGiven: The real killer.


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* ObviouslyEvil: Farmer Brown.
-->'''Officer Arlen:''' So you're sure the murderer is in that bank?\\
'''Brown:''' Most definitely. [[EvilLaugh Nyahahahaha!]]\\
'''Arlen:''' [[LampshadeHanging Why are you laughing like that?]]\\
'''Brown:''' Like what?\\
'''Arlen:''' You know. Weird. Creepy.\\
'''Brown:''' It's uh allergies.


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* RunForTheBorder


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* SavingTheOrphanage: Inverted. The small town where Lynn and her father live is under the thumb of the greedy Farmer Brown, who wants to demolish their bank and replace it with a cornfield. We see him on the phone with someone at one point, saying, "I don't care if that strip mall's been in your family for generations. Soon it'll be a pasture for dairy cattle, and there's nothing you can do about it."
* TapOnTheHead: The killer knocks Nelson out with the butt of his gun and carries him part of the way into the miniature-golf course. When he notices that Nelson has woken up, he's indignant. Nelson innocently protests that he thought the killer ''wanted'' to carry him.
* ThatPoorCar: Parodied. Lynn, during a narcoleptic episode, crashes the stolen catering truck into a van carrying a load of car alarms.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: To bring down the bank, Farmer Brown runs an article in his newspaper accusing Nelson (currently working as a teller) of killing Nagel, with this result. Lynn's father tries ShamingTheMob with a speech straight out of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', to no avail.
-->"Everybody, look! The money from this bank is in the town! Now you're not going to risk it all on the basis of one stupid rumor?"\\
"Yes, we are!"


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* UnpronounceableAlias: Whatever Nelson scribbles in the motel sign-in book. Kevin [=McDonald=] comes around the desk to help him read it out loud.
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