History Film / WagTheDog

25th Nov '15 8:26:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Inverted in-universe; Motss has produced the Oscars, but never won one. However, Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.
11th Sep '15 8:03:49 AM kyeo
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Possibly a coincidence, but Motss is an [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]] that has [[MeaningfulName significant meaning in]] [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/MOTSS certain circles]]...
20th May '15 5:43:03 PM nombretomado
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* AcademyAward: Inverted in-universe; Motss has produced the Oscars, but never won one. However, Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.
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* AcademyAward: UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Inverted in-universe; Motss has produced the Oscars, but never won one. However, Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.
20th Oct '14 4:42:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AcademyAward: Inverted in-universe; Motss has produced the Oscars, but never won one. ** Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.
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* AcademyAward: Inverted in-universe; Motss has produced the Oscars, but never won one. ** one. However, Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.

* CatchPhrase: "This is ''nothing!''" ** "You don't change horses in midstream."
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* CatchPhrase: Motss laughing, "This is ''nothing!''" ** "You don't change horses in midstream."''nothing!''"

* InventedIndividual: To make the entirely fake war in Albania more "real" Hollywood director Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) creates the personality of a special operations soldier: "Old Shoe". A series of setbacks (including the fact that the person they used died before his staged return) forces them to explain his death. They even mount an elaborate viral memorial "meme" by throwing tennis shoes in trees. * InvisiblePresident: The film almost always has the main characters talking to "the president" on the phone. The one time the President is on camera, he is in shadows and seen from the back only. On the other hand, his opponent is frequently shown in TV ads and on talk shows. ** His name isn't said either- his campaign ads just have 'Re-elect the President' as a tag line.
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* InventedIndividual: To make the entirely fake war in Albania more "real" Hollywood director Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) creates the personality of a special operations soldier: "Old Shoe". A series of setbacks (including the fact that the person they used died before his staged return) forces them to explain his death. They even mount an elaborate viral AstroTurf memorial "meme" by throwing tennis shoes in trees. * InvisiblePresident: The film almost always has the main characters talking to "the president" on the phone. The one time the President is on camera, he is in shadows and seen from the back only. On the other hand, his opponent is frequently shown in TV ads and on talk shows. ** shows. His name isn't said either- his campaign ads just have 'Re-elect the President' as a tag line.

* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Brean and Ames. They both successfully pull off TheMasquerade, which included a few deaths, some death threats and of course the manipulation of an entire nation, with no hint that they'll be caught.]] ** [[spoiler:Also the president, who was able to divert attention away from his actions with the Firefly Girl.]]
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Brean and Ames. They both successfully pull off TheMasquerade, which included a few deaths, some death threats and of course the manipulation of an entire nation, with no hint that they'll be caught.]] ** [[spoiler:Also the president, who was able Ames succeed in their scheme to divert spin attention away from his actions with the Firefly Girl.]]President's scandal]].

* RunningGag: Despite being knee-deep in a cover-up that has far wider implications, Winifred is more obsessed with ensuring there are no illegal immigrants involved. ** Another is how Motts gets pissed every time he sees one of the President's amateurish campaign ads.
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* RunningGag: RunningGag: ** Despite being knee-deep in a cover-up that has far wider implications, Winifred is more obsessed with ensuring there are no illegal immigrants involved. ** Another is The terrible "You don't change horses in midstream" ads and how much Motts gets pissed every time he sees one of the President's amateurish campaign ads.hates them.

** Also the atrocious song cooked up to boost patriotism during the fake war.
20th Oct '14 2:42:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AstroTurf: The main characters create a fake grassroots campaign of support for William "Old Shoe" Schumann.
20th Jun '14 5:37:52 AM Zadia
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-->'''Conrad Bean:''' We want you to produce.
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-->'''Conrad Bean:''' Brean:''' We want you to produce.

-->'''Conrad Bean:''' It's not a war, it's a pageant. We need a theme, a song, some visuals - it's a pageant.
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-->'''Conrad Bean:''' Brean:''' It's not a war, it's a pageant. We need a theme, a song, some visuals - it's a pageant.
20th Jun '14 5:37:12 AM Zadia
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Motss goes off the deep end by the end of the film, ranting about how he'll tell the media everything because he wants the credit for pulling it off, not the reward he was offered. He's so insulted that he hasn't got any prestige or media attention that he shrugs off Brean's warnings and makes it clear that he wants everyone to know. [[spoiler: And it gets him killed.]]
29th Apr '14 4:17:53 AM LongLiveHumour
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original novel, ''American Hero'', involved GeorgeHWBush starting the actual GulfWar, scripted by Hollywood screenwriters with Saddam Hussein agreeing to it in exchange for secret payments and the boost to his reputation for fighting America.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original novel, ''American Hero'', involved GeorgeHWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush starting the actual GulfWar, UsefulNotes/GulfWar, scripted by Hollywood screenwriters with Saddam Hussein agreeing to it in exchange for secret payments and the boost to his reputation for fighting America.
21st Feb '14 2:44:07 PM m8e
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'''''Wag the Dog''''' is a 1997 political film, directed by BarryLevinson. The President of the United States is caught making sexual advances to an underage "[[ScoutOut Firefly Girl]]" (the fictional equivalent of a Girl Scout). His timing could not be worse, as there is a presidential election coming up. Presidential aide Winifred Ames (AnneHeche) and professional spin doctor Conrad Brean (RobertDeNiro) are tasked with taking the public attention away from the scandal.
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'''''Wag the Dog''''' is a 1997 political film, directed by BarryLevinson.Creator/BarryLevinson. The President of the United States is caught making sexual advances to an underage "[[ScoutOut Firefly Girl]]" (the fictional equivalent of a Girl Scout). His timing could not be worse, as there is a presidential election coming up. Presidential aide Winifred Ames (AnneHeche) and professional spin doctor Conrad Brean (RobertDeNiro) are tasked with taking the public attention away from the scandal.
17th Sep '13 6:23:57 AM LtFedora
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** Motss repeatedly says that there is no Academy Award for producing...even though the producer is the one who receives the award for Best Picture.
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