History Film / TradingPlaces

3rd Nov '17 4:23:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Clarence Beeks in a way as well. He's supposed to be a private security officer, but this doesn't stop him from framing innocent people and selling confidential information.



* FalseFriend: Louis' friends and fiance. When Louis' life falls apart, rather than help their friend or question the out-of-character accusations against him, his friends ostracize him when his life falls apart. The films implies they were false even before Louis is accused of theft. One of them (Todd) seemed to be trying to steal away Louis' fiance Penelope, or get her to cheat on him. Downplayed with Penelope herself, though she is quick to doubt, and then dismiss, Louis when the accusations pile up (and is in a physical relationship Todd ''less than a week'' after calling off her engagement to Louis). They're even implied to be untrue to ''each other'', as seen in the ''a capella'' song (see LyricalDissonance below).

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* FalseFriend: FalseFriend:
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Louis' friends and fiance. When Louis' life falls apart, rather than help their friend or question the out-of-character accusations against him, his friends ostracize him when his life falls apart. The films implies they were false even before Louis is accused of theft. One of them (Todd) seemed to be trying to steal away Louis' fiance Penelope, or get her to cheat on him. Downplayed with Penelope herself, though she is quick to doubt, and then dismiss, Louis when the accusations pile up (and is in a physical relationship Todd ''less than a week'' after calling off her engagement to Louis). They're even implied to be untrue to ''each other'', as seen in the ''a capella'' song (see LyricalDissonance below).



* {{Fanservice}}: Ophelia's topless scenes. Ophelia's [[NorseByNorsewest Swedish lederhosen]] outfit. Ophelia's...

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* {{Fanservice}}: {{Fanservice}}:
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Ophelia's topless scenes. Ophelia's [[NorseByNorsewest Swedish lederhosen]] outfit. Ophelia's...



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Dukes' main trader mentions anxiety problems, [[spoiler: which later kick in during the final plan]], preventing him from stopping it.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The Dukes' main trader mentions anxiety problems, [[spoiler: which later kick in during the final plan]], preventing him from stopping it.



* HiddenDepths: Valentine surprises the Dukes with how easily he took to understanding the business, despite his unconventional methods. [[spoiler:They still plan on getting rid of him after the bet, though.]]

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* HiddenDepths: HiddenDepths:
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Valentine surprises the Dukes with how easily he took to understanding the business, despite his unconventional methods. [[spoiler:They still plan on getting rid of him after the bet, though.]]



* PaperThinDisguise: No one seems to notice that Beeks is wearing an obviously fake gorilla costume.

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* PaperThinDisguise: PaperThinDisguise:
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No one seems to notice that Beeks is wearing an obviously fake gorilla costume.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: PoliticallyIncorrectHero:
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Early in the film, Winthorpe had Valentine arrested for attempted robbery after accidentally bumping into one another, and even after Valentine apologized for it.



* SaltAndPepper: Winthorpe and Valentine.
** The working title was even "Black and White".

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* SaltAndPepper: Winthorpe and Valentine.
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Valentine. The working title was even "Black and White".



* SpannerInTheWorks: Ophelia's unexpected kindness to Louis helped him change his ways and helped in the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma Louis would give back to the Dukes]].

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* SpannerInTheWorks: SpannerInTheWorks:
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Ophelia's unexpected kindness to Louis helped him change his ways and helped in the [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma Louis would give back to the Dukes]].
31st Oct '17 4:49:07 PM Premonition45
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* FireForgedFriends: Winthorpe and Valentine by the end.
31st Oct '17 4:48:26 PM Premonition45
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* MeaningfulEcho: When arriving at the gentlemen's club, Louis's friend greets him with "Looking good, Louis", to which he says "Feeling good, Todd." In the end, [[FalseFriend after his friends shunned him]], Louis has bounced back and is vacationing at a tropical island with his new friend Billy Ray, and they share the last lines "Looking good, Billy Ray!", "Feeling good, Louis!".
28th Oct '17 9:44:06 AM Premonition45
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'''Randolph:''' Of course not. [[{{Hypocrite}} I wouldn't either]]. [[note]]This completely contradicts the portrayal of Randolph being "pro-nurture".[[/note]]

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'''Randolph:''' Of course not. [[{{Hypocrite}} I wouldn't either]].Neither would I]]. [[note]]This completely contradicts the portrayal of Randolph being "pro-nurture".[[/note]]
26th Oct '17 2:00:43 PM Premonition45
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Louis is put through hell by the Dukes, but he learns his presumptions of the lower classes were wrong, making his retribution much sweeter.



* EntertaininglyWrong: Winthorpe is right when he deduces that somebody orchestrated his downfall. However, he believes Billy Ray was responsible when, in fact, they are both pawns of the Duke brothers' bet.



** The Dukes themselves. Despite hiring and, presumably, mentoring Louis, they're perfectly fine having him radically humiliated and leaving him that way.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Dukes' attempt at [[spoiler:cornering the frozen concentrated orange juice market]] was inspired by the "Silver Thursday" crash of March 27, 1980.[[note]] This is when the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the silver market and failed to meet a $394 million margin call.[[/note]]

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The Dukes' attempt at [[spoiler:cornering the frozen concentrated orange juice market]] was inspired by the "Silver Thursday" crash of March 27, 1980.[[note]] This is when the Hunt brothers of Texas tried to corner the silver market and failed to meet a $394 $100 million margin call.[[/note]]
23rd Oct '17 3:19:21 PM Premonition45
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* DeadpanSnarker: Denholm Elliott as Coleman the butler.



* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Louis has to dress with clothes left behind by the former tenant in Ophelia´s apartment: A checkered suit, a huge tie and a fur coat.

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* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Louis has to dress with clothes left behind by the former tenant in Ophelia´s Ophelia's apartment: A checkered suit, a huge tie and a fur coat.
21st Oct '17 8:47:33 PM Premonition45
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* UnbuiltTrope: The 90s and 2000s would later feature lots of comedies where a JiveTurkey of a black man is made part of a white world and 'shakes things up'. In this film, there's less making fun of 'stuffy white people' and the black character actually proves to be a good businessman - fitting very well into the world.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The gorilla suit man, played by James Belushi, is an inversion. [[spoiler:Without his appearance on the scene, Beeks may well have shot the heroes dead, and certainly their plan would have not been successful.]]
21st Oct '17 7:27:50 PM Premonition45
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** Billy Ray was one himself. If it weren't for Louis overreacting to bumping into him, he wouldn't have gotten the Duke's attention and thus starting the bet bringing both of them together to take them down.
21st Oct '17 7:21:14 PM Premonition45
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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: After becoming rich, Billy Ray holds a party for his lower-class friends, but he finds he doesn't get along with them anymore.
-->'''Coleman:''' Your friends seemed to enjoy it, I thought it was a great success.
-->'''Billy Ray:''' They weren't friends. They're a bunch of freeloaders, treating my house like a zoo.
11th Oct '17 11:51:46 PM FordPrefect
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** Winthorpe wasn't particularly nice to begin with either. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better.]]

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** Winthorpe wasn't particularly nice to begin with with, either. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better.]]



* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Ophelia knows very well she shares the name of Hamelet's girlfriend and her tragic fate.

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* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Ophelia knows very well she shares the name of Hamelet's Hamlet's girlfriend and her tragic fate.



* NoodleIncident: The dialogue of the Dukes when they talk about ruining Winthorpe suggests it's not the first time they're doing this.

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* NoodleIncident: The dialogue of the Dukes when they talk about ruining Winthorpe suggests it's not the first time they're doing they've done something like this.



** [[spoiler: Also a precision N-strike in the BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults. Tying into the above, Don Ameche also hated using racial slurs and apologized profusely to Murphy for the racial slurs his character used; the emphasis he puts on those words in the movie could've been down to actor's real-life distaste for those slurs.]]

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** [[spoiler: Also a precision N-strike in the BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults. Tying into the above, Don Ameche also hated using racial slurs and apologized profusely to Murphy for the racial slurs his character used; the emphasis he puts on those words in the movie could've been down to actor's his real-life distaste for those slurs.]]



** The Planet Money podcast on NPR released an episode in July 2013 called "The Eddie Murphy Rule," which serves as an in-depth explanation just how the scheme is supposed to work, what made it legal, and how such a scheme could no longer work today, including the enactment of the Eddie Murphy rule.

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** The Planet Money podcast on NPR released an episode in July 2013 called "The Eddie Murphy Rule," which serves as an in-depth explanation of just how the scheme is supposed to work, what made it legal, and how such a scheme could no longer work today, including the enactment of the Eddie Murphy rule.



** The guy in the gorilla suit and the real gorilla. The guy in the gorilla suit follows Beeks hoping to get some tail and the real gorilla, seeing Beeks attack what seems to be a gorilla, beats the crap out of him, saving them from Beeks

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** The guy in the gorilla suit and the real gorilla. The guy in the gorilla suit follows Beeks hoping to get some tail and the real gorilla, seeing Beeks attack what seems to be a gorilla, beats the crap out of him, saving them from BeeksBeeks.



* TranquilFury: Valentine didn't take too kindly on The Duke Brother's racial slur that he overheard within the bathroom stall.

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* TranquilFury: Valentine didn't take too kindly on The to the Duke Brother's brothers' racial slur that he overheard within the bathroom stall.
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