History Film / TinyTiptoes

16th Mar '16 9:54:00 AM crazyrabbits
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--> “Well, my ex-old man Jerome, he used to whittle wood jewelry… then he turned really evil. He was a truck driver and those guys are all on crank and there’s those, you know, transsexual prostitutes that... anyway, he flipped out and thought I was an alien walk-in.”

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--> “Well, my ex-old man Jerome, he used to whittle wood jewelry… then he turned really evil. He was a truck driver and those guys are all on crank and there’s those, you know, transsexual prostitutes that... anyway, he flipped out and thought I was an alien walk-in.”



* VitrolicBestBuds: Rolfe and Maurice are said to be best friends, but their camaraderie is, at the very least, incredibly strained. Rolfe has no problem calling the latter out on his problems and medical ailments in front of Lucy (a woman the latter is trying to seduce), and Maurice in turn repeatedly acts belligerent around him, even in social situations. This leads to Rolfe having to pull the latter away from his cousin (the head of the Little People's Justice League) and call him out for ranting to the latter about the rights of dwarves.

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* VitrolicBestBuds: VitriolicBestBuds: Rolfe and Maurice are said to be best friends, but their camaraderie is, at the very least, incredibly strained. Rolfe has no problem calling the latter out on his problems and medical ailments in front of Lucy (a woman the latter is trying to seduce), and Maurice in turn repeatedly acts belligerent around him, even in social situations. This leads to Rolfe having to pull the latter away from his cousin (the head of the Little People's Justice League) and call him out for ranting to the latter about the rights of dwarves.
16th Mar '16 9:53:29 AM crazyrabbits
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The film (and characters) claims that Steven and Carol's baby is automatically the dwarf, and this is the conclusion she reaches after researching dwarf birth rates. However, this is incorrect. The most common form of dwarfism (known as "achondroplasia") can only be inhereited if either parent is a dwarf, which is obviously not the case. For the less common forms of heritable dwarfism, it is only possible to have a dwarf child if ''both'' parents' families have a history of dwarfism, and the film does not show Carol's family to have such a history. In fact, Steve being the only average-sized individual from a family of dwarfs makes it overwhelmingly likely that he did ''not'' inherit any genes for dwarfism, and therefore has a next-to-nothing chance of having a dwarf child.

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* AnywhereButTheirLips: Carol attempts to do this in the beginning with Steven (by kneeling down and unzipping his pants), but he rebuffs her before leaving for his convention.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The film (and characters) claims that Steven and Carol's baby is automatically the dwarf, has dwarfism due to Steven's lineage, and this is the conclusion she reaches after researching dwarf birth rates. However, this is incorrect. The most common form of dwarfism (known as "achondroplasia") can only be inhereited inherited if either parent is a dwarf, which is obviously not the case. For the less common forms of heritable inheritable dwarfism, it is only possible to have a dwarf child if ''both'' parents' families have a history of dwarfism, and the film does not show Carol's family to have such a history. In fact, Steve being the only average-sized individual from a family of dwarfs makes it overwhelmingly likely that he did ''not'' inherit any genes for dwarfism, and therefore has a next-to-nothing chance of having a dwarf child.child.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Oddly inverted. During the hospital scene, Carol looks no worse for wear, despite having just delivered a child. ''Steven'', meanwhile, looks about as grimy and disheveled as possible.



* ChewingTheScenery: Dinklage's performance as Maurice (a Marxist anarchist with a penchant for free-love and defending the rights of dwarves) frequently delves into this, as he delivers his lines with reckless abandon and/or threatens other characters.



* ImprovisedWeapon: Sally bashes her new boyfriend over the head with a fire extinguisher to stop him from attacking Rolfe.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Sally bashes her new boyfriend over the head with a fire extinguisher boombox to stop him from attacking Rolfe.Rolfe.
* InformedAbility: Early on, it is revealed that Rolfe is a writer for Harper's Bazaar (during his conversation with Sally), but none of his work is ever shown on-screen and no one besides Sally ever comments on his career.
* InsistentTerminology: Steven initially corrects Carol's use of the term "midget" multiple times by telling her to refer to them as "dwarves". She eventually adopts this mindset midway through the film and begins insisting upon the usage when ''other'' people make the same mistake.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Played with. Maurice is initially fine with Rolfe sleeping in the same room when he attempts to put the moves on Lucy, but when Rolfe goes to take a shower and Maurice goes in for a kiss, his ulcers act up and he's forced to stop. Rolfe then ruins the mood by telling Lucy about the medical conditions dwarves face.


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* NoodleIncident: Lucy's explanation of how she ended up halfway across the country after leaving New York.
--> “Well, my ex-old man Jerome, he used to whittle wood jewelry… then he turned really evil. He was a truck driver and those guys are all on crank and there’s those, you know, transsexual prostitutes that... anyway, he flipped out and thought I was an alien walk-in.”


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* PluckyComicRelief: Maurice and Lucy, who ([[HeroOfAnotherStory as noted above]]) appear to be in a completely different film than the main characters, which they only occassionaly interact with.
* ReallyGetsAround: Sally, to the point that it's a RunningGag. She not only cheats on Rolfe twice during the film, but it's said in dialogue that the couple have a very turbulent on-again, off-again relationship that's always derailed by her sleeping with someone else.


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* VitrolicBestBuds: Rolfe and Maurice are said to be best friends, but their camaraderie is, at the very least, incredibly strained. Rolfe has no problem calling the latter out on his problems and medical ailments in front of Lucy (a woman the latter is trying to seduce), and Maurice in turn repeatedly acts belligerent around him, even in social situations. This leads to Rolfe having to pull the latter away from his cousin (the head of the Little People's Justice League) and call him out for ranting to the latter about the rights of dwarves.
15th Mar '16 9:03:10 PM crazyrabbits
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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Gary Oldman as Rolfe. Not only does he look nothing like a dwarf, but it's clear in many scenes (which feature ForcedPerspective) that the effect of him "walking" is just Oldman shuffling along on his knees.
15th Mar '16 8:48:56 PM crazyrabbits
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''Tiny Tiptoes'' (better known by the title ''Tiptoes'') is a 2003 drama film starring MatthewMcConaughey as the only normal sized person from a family of little people, Kate Beckinsale as his pregnant fiance who is unaware of this, and GaryOldman in what [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/aa3a85442a/tiptoes the trailer]] refers to as "role of a life time"... as a [[WTHCastingAgency dwarf]] who is also supposed to be Matthew [=McConaughey's=] [[DawsonCasting twin]] [[RefugeInAudacity brother]].

The dramedy was directed by Matthew Bright, formerly of Music/OingoBoingo and also known for his film ''Film/{{Freeway}}''.

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''Tiny Tiptoes'' (better known by the title ''Tiptoes'') is a 2003 drama film starring MatthewMcConaughey as that deals with a woman coming to terms with the only normal sized person from a fact that her boyfriend's family of little people, Kate Beckinsale as his are dwarves, and her shock when she learns their child (which she becomes pregnant fiance who is unaware of this, with) may be a dwarf as well.

Steven (Creator/MatthewMcConaughey)
and GaryOldman Carol (Kate Beckinsale) are in what [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/aa3a85442a/tiptoes a loving relationship and plan to get married, but things change quickly when she discovers that she's pregnant, prompting Steven to reveal that his family are dwarves. After she meets his relatives, including his twin brother Rolfe (Creator/GaryOldman), Carol is torn between whether or not to abort her child, all while she begins to learn more about dwarf culture. At the trailer]] refers to as "role same time, Rolfe and his best friend, Maurice (Creator/PeterDinklage), campaign for the rights of a life time"... as a [[WTHCastingAgency dwarf]] who is also supposed to be Matthew [=McConaughey's=] [[DawsonCasting twin]] [[RefugeInAudacity brother]].

dwarves at various conventions.

The dramedy film was directed by Matthew Bright, formerly of Music/OingoBoingo and also known for his film ''Film/{{Freeway}}''.
''Film/{{Freeway}}''. Due to a tumultuous production, the film was never released theatrically and instead went direct-to-DVD.



* AbortedArc: The subplot involving Rolfe and his on again off again girlfriend gets dropped and has no effect on the film. Similarly, Maurice and Lucy disappear during the final act without any real resolution.
** There are also hints that Steven may be having an affair with one of his students that appears briefly but this is never referred to again.
* BittersweetEnding: Steven and Carol separate over his inability to cope with the fact that their son is a dwarf and she and the child stay as guests at Rolfe's cabin. However, in the end it seems that he's getting help and he parts with Carol and Rolfe on good terms. Also, Carol starts a new relationship with Rolfe.
* TheCameo: David Alan Grier as a fictional actor Jerry Robin Jr. who likes to have sex with midgets.
* ForcedPerspective: Done poorly with GaryOldman, frequently qualifies as SpecialEffectsFailure. Compare and contrast with the ''LordOfTheRings'' the third of which was released the same year as this film.

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* AbortedArc: Several subplots in the film were dropped, likely as a result of the film being re-edited from its original cut due to executive demands.
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The subplot involving Rolfe and his on again off again on-again, off-again girlfriend gets dropped and has no effect on the film. Similarly, Maurice and Lucy disappear disappears during the final act (after Lucy leaves him) without any real resolution.
explanation.
** There are also hints that Steven may be having an affair with one of his students that appears briefly but this is never referred to again.
again. (See YourCheatingHeart below.)
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The film (and characters) claims that Steven and Carol's baby is automatically the dwarf, and this is the conclusion she reaches after researching dwarf birth rates. However, this is incorrect. The most common form of dwarfism (known as "achondroplasia") can only be inhereited if either parent is a dwarf, which is obviously not the case. For the less common forms of heritable dwarfism, it is only possible to have a dwarf child if ''both'' parents' families have a history of dwarfism, and the film does not show Carol's family to have such a history. In fact, Steve being the only average-sized individual from a family of dwarfs makes it overwhelmingly likely that he did ''not'' inherit any genes for dwarfism, and therefore has a next-to-nothing chance of having a dwarf child.
* BittersweetEnding: Steven and leaves Carol separate over due to his inability to cope with the fact that their son is a dwarf dwarf, and she and the child stay as guests at Rolfe's cabin. However, in the end it seems ending indicates that he's Steven's getting help and he parts with Carol and Rolfe on good terms. Also, Carol starts a new relationship with Rolfe.
* TheCameo: David Alan Grier as a fictional actor Jerry Robin Jr. who likes to have sex with midgets.
* ForcedPerspective: Done poorly with GaryOldman, frequently qualifies as SpecialEffectsFailure. GaryOldman. Compare and contrast with the ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Film/LordOfTheRings'', the third of which was released the same year as this film.film and did the same thing to much greater effect.


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* ImprovisedWeapon: Sally bashes her new boyfriend over the head with a fire extinguisher to stop him from attacking Rolfe.


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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer for the film plays it up as a wacky, light-hearted comedy about dwarfism, but the film is decidedly more serious.
* PantyShot: Seen when Lucy is first introduced, as she sits by the side of the road.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Carol becomes this at the end of the film, as she begins a relationship with Rolfe after Steven abandons her and their child.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Steven abandons Carol and his child after he can't come to grips with her inability to admit that the child is a dwarf.
** Lucy leaves Maurice after his political ramblings become too much for her to handle.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Gary Oldman as Rolfe. Not only does he look nothing like a dwarf, but it's clear in many scenes (which feature ForcedPerspective) that the effect of him "walking" is just Oldman shuffling along on his knees.
* TrashTheSet: Steven punches a hole in the wall of the delivery room after Carol gives birth to their child.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Midway through the film, Steven brings two of his firefighter trainees to the dwarf party. After the party ends, Steven leaves with Carol and Rolfe, without mentioning the trainees, leaving their whereabouts unknown. This is notable for the fact that's Steven specifically took the trainees from their camp (which was a day's drive away from his house) and seemingly left them with no way to get back.
* WhatTheHellHero: ''Everyone'' calls Steven out for re-considering his relationship with Lucy in light of her imminent pregnancy, and especially after he bails on her after she gives birth.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Rolfe catches Sally cheating on him with Jerry Robin Jr. at a party, although they still get back together afterwards.
** According to reviews of the original cut on IMDB (and some production photos), the film originally had a subplot where Steven cheated on Carol with one of the trainees from his firefighter training class.
26th Nov '15 8:54:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* BillingDisplacement: The DVD box art lists Matthew [=McConaughey=] first with GaryOldman getting AndStarring while the opening credits are the reverse.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Apparently the film was at one point a whole hour longer.
19th Oct '15 2:26:44 AM Solle
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[[FlatWhat What.]]

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The dramedy was directed by Matthew Bright, formerly of Music/OingoBoingo and also known for his film ''Film/{{Freeway}}''.
29th Mar '13 9:24:01 PM RavenWilder
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* RefugeInAudacity: The filmmakers expecting you to believe the idea of Gary Oldman playing not only a dwarf but a dwarf that is the ''twin brother'' of Matthew [=McConaughey=] is almost certainly this.
17th Feb '13 5:33:50 AM erforce
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''Tiny Tiptoes'' (better known by the title ''Tiptoes'') is a 2003 drama film starring MatthewMcConaughey as the only normal sized person from a family of little people, Kate Beckinsale as his pregnant fiance who is unaware of this, and GaryOldman in what [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/aa3a85442a/tiptoes the trailer]] refers to as "role of a life time"... as a [[WTHCastingAgency dwarf]] who is also supposed to be Matthew [=McConaughey's=] [[DawsonCasting twin]] [[RefugeInAudacity brother]].

[[FlatWhat What.]]

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* AbortedArc: The subplot involving Rolfe and his on again off again girlfriend gets dropped and has no effect on the film. Similarly, Maurice and Lucy disappear during the final act without any real resolution.
** There are also hints that Steven may be having an affair with one of his students that appears briefly but this is never referred to again.
* BillingDisplacement: The DVD box art lists Matthew [=McConaughey=] first with GaryOldman getting AndStarring while the opening credits are the reverse.
* BittersweetEnding: Steven and Carol separate over his inability to cope with the fact that their son is a dwarf and she and the child stay as guests at Rolfe's cabin. However, in the end it seems that he's getting help and he parts with Carol and Rolfe on good terms. Also, Carol starts a new relationship with Rolfe.
* TheCameo: David Alan Grier as a fictional actor Jerry Robin Jr. who likes to have sex with midgets.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Apparently the film was at one point a whole hour longer.
* ForcedPerspective: Done poorly with GaryOldman, frequently qualifies as SpecialEffectsFailure. Compare and contrast with the ''LordOfTheRings'' the third of which was released the same year as this film.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The characters of Maurice and Lucy make more sense and are more entertaining when you imagine that they're the stars of a separate romantic comedy that only occasionally intersect with the film we're watching.
* JerkAss: Steven becomes this after their child is born and revealed to be a dwarf.
* RefugeInAudacity: The filmmakers expecting you to believe the idea of Gary Oldman playing not only a dwarf but a dwarf that is the ''twin brother'' of Matthew [=McConaughey=] is almost certainly this.
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