History Film / WildThings

2nd Dec '15 10:50:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Double Subverted. [[spoiler:When Sam and Suzie are on the sailboat at the end, he is GenreSavvy enough to expect the drink to be poisoned. He relaxes when Suzie points out that she would be an idiot to try something like that, since she can't pilot the boat and they're all out in the middle of nowhere. Turns out that it is in fact poisoned, and Suzie is a genius with enough boating skills to be perfectly capable of piloting it by herself. Still, this is not what kills Sam -- Suzie then releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.]]
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Double Subverted. [[spoiler:When Sam When after all the backstabbing between the conspirators only a final guy and Suzie girl are on left, the sailboat at the end, he guy is GenreSavvy smart enough to expect the drink he's offered to be poisoned. He relaxes poisoned, but is assured when Suzie points out the girl tells him that she would be an idiot to try something like that, since she can't it because he's the only one who can pilot the boat and sailboat they're all out in the middle of nowhere. Turns out that it on back to shore. This is in fact a lie--the drink is indeed poisoned, and Suzie the girl is a genius with enough boating skills much smarter than she made herself out to be. Just to be perfectly capable of piloting it by herself. Still, this is not what kills Sam -- Suzie then sure, she releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.]]
23rd Nov '15 8:37:05 AM benda
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* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with the alligators who are shown a couple of times but don't kill anybody.
11th Nov '15 8:46:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* BigBad: Sam Lombardo and Kelly Van Ryan. Though, in truth [[spoiler:Suzie]] is the true BigBad here, having manipulated the other BigBads and orchestrated the plot.
29th Oct '15 8:59:51 AM IlGreven
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* AmoralAttorney: Ken Bowden is not above cheating workers' comp by wearing a neck brace in public without an actual neck injury. Sandra Van Ryan's own attorney (played by RobertWagner) is hinted to be one, though he gets beat down by the judge when he attempts to intervene in the suddenly disintegrating case after Suzie cracks on the stand.
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* AmoralAttorney: Ken Bowden is not above cheating workers' comp by wearing a neck brace in public without an actual neck injury. Sandra Van Ryan's own attorney (played by RobertWagner) Creator/RobertWagner) is hinted to be one, though he gets beat down by the judge when he attempts to intervene in the suddenly disintegrating case after Suzie cracks on the stand.
29th Oct '15 8:59:36 AM IlGreven
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* AmoralAttorney: Ken Bowden is not above cheating workers' comp by wearing a neck brace in public without an actual neck injury. Sandra Van Ryan's own attorney (played by RobertWagner) is hinted to be one, though he gets beat down by the judge when he attempts to intervene in the suddenly disintegrating case after Suzie cracks on the stand.
22nd Aug '15 5:55:41 AM eliaskelham
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** Plot of first film: Rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) flirts with Sam Lombardo (Mat Dillon), her guidance councellor, until at last he invites her into his house in private. Afterwards, she runs off in tears, then accuses him of rape. He claims she's lying, and given her earlier behavior, it looks like it'll be impossible to prove her case. Suddenly, another victim, Suzie (Neve Campbell), is found and is willing to testify. Then [[spoiler:Suzie cracks on the stand and admits she's lying, making the audience think that both girls are working together to screw Sam over. Sam gets off the hook, then successfully sues Sandra Van Ryan, Kelly's mom. Then it turns out that the girls were both working with Sam to trick the mom into doing something stupid so that he could sue her and they could split the money three ways. Then Sam has to kill Suzie because she was acting like a total spazz and might have spilled the beans. Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon), a cop who has been investigating this whole thing, assaults Kelly, who shoots him in the shoulder, forcing him to shoot and kill her. It later turns out that he murdered her in cold blood, and shot himself in the shoulder. His superiors are suspicious of him, as something similar happened with him a while ago, and fire him. Then it turns out that he and Sam were working together to frame Kelly for Suzie's murder, and split the money two ways -- except Ray decided to kill Kelly and pretend it was self-defense. Then it turns out that Sam and Suzie were working together to [[FakingTheDead fake Suzie's murder]] and betray Ray because Ray had killed one of Suzie's friends before the movie even started. Then it turns out that Suzie never had any intention of sharing the money with Sam, and kills him. She also has genius-level intelligence. Then it turns out that Ken Bowden (Bill Murray) was working with Suzie all this time. Then it turns out that the whole thing was just an excuse to film a movie with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out... twice]].
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** Plot of first film: Rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) flirts with Sam Lombardo (Mat Dillon), her guidance councellor, until at last he invites her into his house in private. Afterwards, she runs off in tears, then accuses him of rape. He claims she's lying, and given her earlier behavior, it looks like it'll be impossible to prove her case. Suddenly, another victim, Suzie (Neve Campbell), is found and is willing to testify. Then [[spoiler:Suzie cracks on the stand and admits she's lying, making the audience think that both girls are working together to screw Sam over. Sam gets off the hook, then successfully sues Sandra Van Ryan, Kelly's mom. Then it turns out that the girls were both working with Sam to trick the mom into doing something stupid so that he could sue her and they could split the money three ways. Then Sam has to kill Suzie because she was acting like a total spazz and might have spilled the beans. Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon), a cop who has been investigating this whole thing, assaults Kelly, who shoots him in the shoulder, forcing him to shoot and kill her. It later turns out that he murdered her in cold blood, and shot himself in the shoulder. His superiors are suspicious of him, as something similar happened with him a while ago, and fire him. Then it turns out that he and Sam were working together to frame Kelly for Suzie's murder, and split the money two ways -- except Ray decided to kill Kelly and pretend it was self-defense. Then it turns out that Sam and Suzie were working together to [[FakingTheDead fake Suzie's murder]] and betray Ray because Ray had killed one of Suzie's friends before the movie even started. Then it turns out that Suzie never had any intention of sharing the money with Sam, and kills him. She also has genius-level intelligence. Then it turns out that Ken Bowden (Bill Murray) was working with Suzie all this time. Then it turns out that the whole thing was just an excuse to film a movie with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out... twice]].time]].
2nd Aug '15 7:46:48 PM Luigifan
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* AThreesomeIsHot: Between Sam, Kelly and Suzie.
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* AThreesomeIsHot: Between Sam, Kelly Kelly, and Suzie.

** Zig-zagged with Sam Lombardo. At first he seems like a respectable guidance counselor with a steady girlfriend. He even brushes off the advances of the wealthy woman whom he romanced in the past, then he's accused of raping the woman's daughter, a teenage girl. It turns out that he was framed for the crime. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he and the girl were in on it together, and were carrying on an affair. It probably ends as a triple subversion.]]
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** Zig-zagged with Sam Lombardo. At first first, he seems like a respectable guidance counselor with a steady girlfriend. He even brushes off the advances of the wealthy woman whom he romanced in the past, then he's accused of raping the woman's daughter, a teenage girl. It turns out that he was framed for the crime. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he and the girl were in on it together, and were carrying on an affair. It probably ends as a triple subversion.]]

* BeneathTheMask: A major theme of the film. Sam appears to be an honest, upstanding educator, but he's really a [[spoiler:sleazy, exploitative pervert.]] Kelly appears to be an all-American teenage girl next door, but she's actually [[spoiler:an angry, sexually confused cokehead who hates her family.]] Ray appears to be an honest if overzealous cop, but he's actually a [[spoiler:DirtyCop who enjoys prostitutes and is quite willing to murder anyone who pisses him off.]] Suzie appears to be a white-trash loser, but she's actually a [[spoiler:brilliantly calculating [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who manipulates everyone else]].
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* BeneathTheMask: A major theme of the film. Sam appears to be an honest, upstanding educator, but he's really a [[spoiler:sleazy, exploitative pervert.]] Kelly appears to be an all-American teenage girl next door, but she's actually [[spoiler:an angry, sexually confused cokehead who hates her family.]] Ray appears to be [[CowboyCop an honest if overzealous cop, cop]], but he's actually a [[spoiler:DirtyCop who enjoys prostitutes and is quite willing to murder anyone who pisses him off.]] Suzie appears to be a white-trash loser, but she's actually a [[spoiler:brilliantly calculating [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who manipulates everyone else]].

* BigBad: Sam Lombardo and Kelly Van Ryan. Though, in truth [[spoiler: Suzie]] is the true BigBad here, having manipulated the other BigBads and orchestrated the plot.
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* BigBad: Sam Lombardo and Kelly Van Ryan. Though, in truth [[spoiler: Suzie]] [[spoiler:Suzie]] is the true BigBad here, having manipulated the other BigBads and orchestrated the plot.

* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Suzie]] although a couple of other characters come close.
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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Suzie]] [[spoiler:Suzie]], although a couple of other characters come close.

* FalseRapeAccusation: Two teenage girls falsely accuse their high school guidance counselor of raping them in order to get revenge on him for various slights. [[spoiler:Later on we find out that the guidance counselor was in on it; he sued the parents of one of the girls for a hefty sum after the false accusation and then the three of them split the money.]]
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* FalseRapeAccusation: Two teenage girls falsely accuse their high school guidance counselor of raping them in order to get revenge on him for various slights. [[spoiler:Later on on, we find out that the guidance counselor was in on it; he sued the parents of one of the girls for a hefty sum after the false accusation and then the three of them split the money.]]

* FramingTheGuiltyParty: The "framing yourself" variant which is the first part of the plan. Sam, as the guilty party, is being accused of rape but gets off the hook by means of an arranged FalseRapeAccusation.
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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: The "framing yourself" variant variant, which is the first part of the plan. Sam, as the guilty party, is being accused of rape but gets off the hook by means of an arranged FalseRapeAccusation.

** Plot of first film: Rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) flirts with Sam Lombardo (Mat Dillon), her guidance councellor, until at last he invites her into his house in private. Afterwards, she runs off in tears, then accuses him of rape. He claims she's lying, and given her earlier behavior, it looks like it'll be impossible to prove her case. Suddenly, another victim, Suzie (Neve Campbell) is found and is willing to testify. Then [[spoiler: Suzie cracks on the stand and admits she's lying, making the audience think that both girls are working together to screw Sam over. Sam gets off the hook, then successfully sues Sandra Van Ryan, Kelly's mom. Then it turns out that the girls were both working with Sam to trick the mom into doing something stupid so that he could sue her and they could split the money three ways. Then Sam has to kill Suzie because she was acting like a total spazz and might have spilled the beans. Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon), a cop who has been investigating this whole thing, assaults Kelly, who shoots him in the shoulder, forcing him to shoot and kill her. It later turns out that he murdered her in cold-blood, and shot himself in the shoulder. His superiors are suspicious of him, as something similar happened with him awhile ago, and fire him. Then it turns out that he and Sam were working together to frame Kelly for Suzie's murder, and split the money two ways - except Ray decided to kill Kelly and pretend it was self-defense. Then it turns out that Sam and Suzie were working together to [[FakingTheDead fake Suzie's murder]] and betray Ray because Ray had killed one of Suzie's friends before the movie even started. Then it turns out that Suzie never had any intention of sharing the money with Sam, and kills him. She also has genius-level intelligence. Then it turns out that Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), was working with Suzie all this time. Then it turns out that the whole thing was just an excuse to film a movie with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out... twice]]. ** Every film in Wild Things series strives to go [[SerialEscalation escalate]] to make each plot twenty times more convoluted and confusing than the previous film's. Chances are, if you are the protagonist, the antagonist, the victim, a background character... hell, if you're ''in the film'', you are in on the scheme and may be weaving some [[GambitRoulette incredibly complex plans]] of your own. If there are two things that "Wild Things" is known for, it's the incredibly sexy lesbian scenes, and this trope. Also death. [[KillEmAll Lots and lots of death.]] * GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Suzie's plot had to take months, if not years, to set up. And by the end, a high school drop-out has gotten three people murdered and ended up with millions of dollars.]] Slightly justified by interviews [[spoiler:with residents of her trailer park that imply she is ComicBook/LexLuthor intelligent.]]
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** Plot of first film: Rich girl Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) flirts with Sam Lombardo (Mat Dillon), her guidance councellor, until at last he invites her into his house in private. Afterwards, she runs off in tears, then accuses him of rape. He claims she's lying, and given her earlier behavior, it looks like it'll be impossible to prove her case. Suddenly, another victim, Suzie (Neve Campbell) Campbell), is found and is willing to testify. Then [[spoiler: Suzie [[spoiler:Suzie cracks on the stand and admits she's lying, making the audience think that both girls are working together to screw Sam over. Sam gets off the hook, then successfully sues Sandra Van Ryan, Kelly's mom. Then it turns out that the girls were both working with Sam to trick the mom into doing something stupid so that he could sue her and they could split the money three ways. Then Sam has to kill Suzie because she was acting like a total spazz and might have spilled the beans. Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon), a cop who has been investigating this whole thing, assaults Kelly, who shoots him in the shoulder, forcing him to shoot and kill her. It later turns out that he murdered her in cold-blood, cold blood, and shot himself in the shoulder. His superiors are suspicious of him, as something similar happened with him awhile a while ago, and fire him. Then it turns out that he and Sam were working together to frame Kelly for Suzie's murder, and split the money two ways - -- except Ray decided to kill Kelly and pretend it was self-defense. Then it turns out that Sam and Suzie were working together to [[FakingTheDead fake Suzie's murder]] and betray Ray because Ray had killed one of Suzie's friends before the movie even started. Then it turns out that Suzie never had any intention of sharing the money with Sam, and kills him. She also has genius-level intelligence. Then it turns out that Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), Murray) was working with Suzie all this time. Then it turns out that the whole thing was just an excuse to film a movie with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell making out... twice]]. ** Every film in the Wild Things series strives to go [[SerialEscalation escalate]] further]] to make each plot twenty times more convoluted and confusing than the previous film's. Chances are, if you are the protagonist, the antagonist, the victim, a background character... hell, if you're ''in the film'', you are in on the scheme and may be weaving some [[GambitRoulette incredibly complex plans]] of your own. If there are two things that "Wild Things" is known for, it's the incredibly sexy lesbian scenes, and this trope. Also death. [[KillEmAll Lots and lots of death.]] * GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Suzie's [[spoiler:Suzie's plot had to take months, if not years, to set up. And by the end, a high school drop-out has gotten three people murdered and ended up with millions of dollars.]] Slightly justified by interviews [[spoiler:with residents of her trailer park that imply she is ComicBook/LexLuthor intelligent.]]

* IMissMom: In one of her few (if only) scenes with genuine emotional depth, AlphaBitch Kelly Van Ryan tearfully declares "I miss dad" this to her mother. (It's revealed in the next handful of lines that he killed himself and heavily implied that this is why she's so screwed up).
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* IMissMom: In one of her few (if only) scenes with genuine emotional depth, AlphaBitch Kelly Van Ryan tearfully declares "I miss dad" this to her mother. (It's revealed in the next handful of lines that he killed himself and heavily implied that this is why she's so screwed up).

* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ray, Sam and Kelly are all playing their own angles to try and get the money. Suzie outsmarts them all and gets away with the money. (Though in a sense, none of them even ''had'' plans until she started enacting hers, and all of them, whether they know it or not, are just playing their parts in her plan.)]]
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* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ray, Sam Sam, and Kelly are all playing their own angles to try and get the money. Suzie outsmarts them all and gets away with the money. (Though in a sense, none of them even ''had'' plans until she started enacting hers, and all of them, whether they know it or not, are just playing their parts in her plan.)]]

* PostRapeTaunt: Teacher Sam Lombardo is accused of rape by a female student and another girl. They both claim that after the deed he told them "no little bitch could ever make me cum". [[spoiler:Subverted later on when it turns out that Sam and the two girls were running a scam together.]] * PrisonRape: Implied when Ray mentions that when Suzie was convicted of drug possession, she was sent to juvenile hall at Camp Nine...which his partner immediately mentions is nicknamed Camp "Sixty-Nine".
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* PostRapeTaunt: Teacher Sam Lombardo is accused of rape by a female student and another girl. They both claim that after the deed deed, he told them "no little bitch could ever make me cum". [[spoiler:Subverted later on when it turns out that Sam and the two girls were running a scam together.]] * PrisonRape: Implied when Ray mentions that when Suzie was convicted of drug possession, she was sent to juvenile hall at Camp Nine... which his partner immediately mentions is nicknamed Camp "Sixty-Nine".

* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Double Subverted. [[spoiler:When Sam and Suzie are on the sailboat at the end, he is GenreSavvy enough to expect the drink to be poisoned. He relaxes when Suzie points out that she would be an idiot to try something like that, since she can't pilot the boat and they're all out in the middle of nowhere. Turns out that it is in fact poisoned, and Suzie is a genius with enough boating skills to be perfectly capable of piloting it by herself. Still, this is not what kills Sam - Suzie then releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.]] * TakeThatKiss: After Suzie and Kelly's fight in the pool. Though Suzie quickly kisses back, and it's implied they then have sex. Could also be seen as a KissOfDeath [[spoiler: if Suzie wasn't running the show]]
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Double Subverted. [[spoiler:When Sam and Suzie are on the sailboat at the end, he is GenreSavvy enough to expect the drink to be poisoned. He relaxes when Suzie points out that she would be an idiot to try something like that, since she can't pilot the boat and they're all out in the middle of nowhere. Turns out that it is in fact poisoned, and Suzie is a genius with enough boating skills to be perfectly capable of piloting it by herself. Still, this is not what kills Sam - -- Suzie then releases one of the booms to knock him into the water to drown.]] * TakeThatKiss: After Suzie and Kelly's fight in the pool. Though Suzie quickly kisses back, and it's implied they then have sex. Could also be seen as a KissOfDeath [[spoiler: if [[spoiler:if Suzie wasn't running the show]]show]].

* VigilanteMan: Ray Duquette [[spoiler: or so it first appears]]
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* VigilanteMan: Ray Duquette [[spoiler: or [[spoiler:or so it first appears]]

* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Ray Duquette certainly would. Underneath the surface he's actually an abusive, misogynistic prick who beats hookers and happily agrees to the murder of at least two teenage girls, killing one by breaking into her home and shooting her in cold blood.]]
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* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Ray Duquette certainly would. Underneath the surface surface, he's actually an abusive, misogynistic prick who beats hookers and happily agrees to the murder of at least two teenage girls, killing one by breaking into her home and shooting her in cold blood.]]

* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Kelly, Ray and Sam]].
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Kelly, Ray Ray, and Sam]].
5th Jul '15 5:23:55 PM nombretomado
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* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Suzie's plot had to take months, if not years, to set up. And by the end, a high school drop-out has gotten three people murdered and ended up with millions of dollars.]] Slightly justified by interviews [[spoiler:with residents of her trailer park that imply she is LexLuthor intelligent.]]
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* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Suzie's plot had to take months, if not years, to set up. And by the end, a high school drop-out has gotten three people murdered and ended up with millions of dollars.]] Slightly justified by interviews [[spoiler:with residents of her trailer park that imply she is LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor intelligent.]]
10th Apr '15 11:30:17 AM Temmere
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Kelly doesn't have much of a stomach for violence, [[spoiler:leaving Suzie's "murder" to Sam and covering her ears so she can't even hear it. But after they put Suzie's body in the back of her SUV]], she says "My mom would kill me if she knew I took the Range Rover." (Then again, from what we see of Sandra, that might actually ''be'' the part that pissed her off the most.)

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* BlatantLies: When Kelly tearfully tells her mother that she misses her father (who had committed suicide), Sandra says, "I miss him too, sometimes." We really don't need Kelly to tell us that's bull, but she does anyway.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: When Sandra Van Ryan talks to the police about her daughter's rape at the hands of Sam Lombardo, she yells, "He must be ''insane'' to think he can do this to me!"
10th Apr '15 10:12:27 AM Temmere
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* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ray, Sam and Kelly are all playing their own angles to try and get the money. Suzie outsmarts them all and gets away with the money.]]
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* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Ray, Sam and Kelly are all playing their own angles to try and get the money. Suzie outsmarts them all and gets away with the money.]] (Though in a sense, none of them even ''had'' plans until she started enacting hers, and all of them, whether they know it or not, are just playing their parts in her plan.)]]
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