History Literature / GoneGirl

9th Jul '17 4:20:16 PM MartineBrooke
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** Amy looks down on most people, but has special scorn for women, who she perceives to be emotional and irrational, constantly demanding dancing monkey behavior from their partners. Her famous "Cool Girl" speech is both a prime example of her attitude toward women and the extent to which that attitude is unfounded- she rants about women molding their personality to suit men, citing a woman in another car as an example, when it turns out that the woman is actually hanging out with a female friend.

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** Amy looks down on most people, but has special scorn for women, who she perceives to be emotional and irrational, constantly demanding dancing monkey behavior from their partners. Her famous "Cool Girl" speech is both a prime example of her attitude toward women and the extent to which that attitude is unfounded- she rants about women molding their personality to suit men, citing a woman in another car as an example, when it turns out that the woman is actually hanging out with a female friend. women.
17th Jun '17 4:21:19 PM MartineBrooke
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* BrickJoke: Stucks Buckly, one of Nick's childhood friends, claims that Amy once brought him a cold drink when he was working outside on a hot day. Nick is annoyed that he's making things up for attention - Amy would never do a kindness for a stranger. Later we find out [[spoiler:Amy genuinely did it, as part of building up a good reputation before her disappearance.]]
19th Mar '17 11:58:18 PM NightShade96
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Please note that much of the suspense in the book and the movie comes from the numerous twists and turns. A majority of the tropes below are completely spoilered out, and thanks to InterfaceSpoiler, it's not even guaranteed that you won't figure out the twists just by reading what's below. With that said, read at your own risk.

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Please note that much of the suspense in the book and (and the movie movie) comes from the numerous twists and turns. A majority of the tropes below are completely spoilered out, and thanks to InterfaceSpoiler, it's not even guaranteed that you won't figure out the twists just by reading what's below. With that said, read at your own risk.
19th Mar '17 11:54:26 PM NightShade96
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A film version directed by Creator/DavidFincher, starring Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/RosamundPike, was released in 2014.

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A [[Film/GoneGirl film version version]] directed by Creator/DavidFincher, starring Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/RosamundPike, was released in 2014.



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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Amy is known as a nice girl but is in fact a sociopath.]]



* JerkAssHasAPoint: At the end of the book, Amy smugly tells Nick that as much as he might hate her, he'll never be satisfied with a "nice Midwestern girl" again. After all, Amy loved him so much she launched an elaborate revenge scheme when she found out he was cheating on her, and then ''killed'' to get back to him. Nick later admits that she's right- who can follow Amy?

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint: At the end of the book, Amy [[spoiler:Amy smugly tells Nick that as much as he might hate her, he'll never be satisfied with a "nice Midwestern girl" again. After all, Amy loved him so much she launched an elaborate revenge scheme when she found out he was cheating on her, and then ''killed'' to get back to him. Nick later admits that she's right- right - who can follow Amy?Amy?]]



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* AbusiveParents: Amy's parents creating a fictional near-perfect child set a bar the real Amy could never reach and forced her to a life of being compared to her fictional self. When she goes missing the parents act more like their fictional daughter has disappeared, even naming the website after the fictional character.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Officer Boney is described as ugly in the books, but is nowhere near ugly onscreen.
** Noelle is described in quite unflattering terms by both Nick and Amy, but she's reasonably pretty in the film.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The film version of Nick is a somewhat more sympathetic character than the book version, [[spoiler: he's more of a regular loser than the near sociopath in the book. Noticeably, while the book makes his awareness of her schemes more direct, the film has a very subtle example wherein Nick claims they are "partners in crime." Amy looks visibly surprised.]]
* AdaptedOut: Desi's mother and Hilary don't appear in the film.
* AdultFear: Amy [[spoiler:successfully frames an ex-boyfriend for rape after he leaves her for another girl, landing him on the sex offenders register and ruining his life. It's her word versus his, only she's faked some evidence too.]] False rape accusations should scare everybody: innocent men can end up in jail and the phenomenon can lead to genuine accusations being disbelieved.
* AltoVillainess: [[spoiler: Amy, a very rare, speaking-only version of this trope. Rosamund Pike, as Amy, pitches her voice to be deep and almost husky -- contrast against her voice in ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'' or ''Film/AnEducation.'']]
* AnimalMotifs: Amy is very much like a cat, as shown on her movements and stare when Nick is caressing her hair both in the opening and ending scenes.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Discussed. Amy suggests that they have a baby when their marriage is going poorly, and Nick turns it down, saying that a baby won't "fix" anything.
* BlackComedy: There are moments of it. For example, [[spoiler: Amy [[HairFlip flipping her hair]] to keep blood out after she kills Desi.]]
* {{Bookends}}: Both the first and last scenes of the movie are a POV shot of Nick stroking Amy's hair while giving a monologue about the "primal questions of marriage", before Amy turns to look right at the camera. There is, however, one key difference between the two shots. [[spoiler:In the first, Amy looks surprised, innocent, and even vulnerable. In the last, her surprise quickly fades, and she simply ''smirks''.]]
* BrokenAesop: Amy's ''Cool Girl'' speech about being true to yourself is undermined by the fact that she seems as honest with Nick in her flashbacks as she's ever with anyone. Therefore, her anger seems misplaced. Likewise, Amy is incredibly unhappy when she's left to be herself and quickly falls into old patterns in order to make friends. Not to mention that one woman in a car that she focuses on as a "Cool Girl" turns out to be sitting next to another woman, not a man. It undermines Amy's point that women only act in certain ways to draw male attention, as opposed to simply being the way humans act for each other. Of course, [[spoiler:given that Amy is a sociopath with narcissistic traits]], the Aesop-breaking is likely deliberate.
* BrokenPedestal: The film is a bit clearer that, despite finding out [[spoiler: that Nick is innocent]], Margo has learned some fairly disturbing aspects about her twin brother's character. At one point Nick admits that he was somewhat relieved that Amy wasn't at home; Margo's unsettled look speaks volumes.
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: Nick]] is telling the truth when he says that [[spoiler: he barely knows Noelle Hawthorne, and that he didn't buy any of the items that appear on his credit card. Also, at one point, regarding the underwear found in his office, he says something along the lines of, "If they're not Andie's, they're Amy's, and ''she left them there for me to find.''"]] Neither the characters in the film nor the audience believe him, given his track record.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Every time somebody switched the TV on, it shows a report related to the investigation. Possibly justified as Go prerecords Ellen Abbot's shows.
* ConspicuousConsumption: [[spoiler:Amy buys several extravagant "man-cave" items in Nick's name as a way to make it look like he was trying to build himself a new life once she was out of the way; she hides the items in Margo's shed to make her complicit as well.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: In-universe example. [[spoiler: Nick points out how convenient it is for Amy's diary to end with her saying she fears her husband will kill her. Boney thinks so too, it's part of the reason she never completely buys into the idea Nick killed Amy, despite the evidence backing it up.]]
* DemotedToExtra:
** Nick and Margo's parents aren't given nearly as much focus in the film, with Bill only appearing in one scene and Maureen doesn't even get speaking lines. Justified, in that they are mostly used in the novel to explain Nick and Margo's own personality quirks.
** [[spoiler: Andie]] has comparatively less screen-time compared to the books.
* DetectEvil: [[spoiler:Margo's "Just because I don't like to be around Amy [...]" implies that she senses something about Amy that others may not.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nick's less sociopathic personality compared to the book turns the ending into this rather than an EsotericHappyEnding.]]
* DramaticIrony: Half-way through the movie we learn what really happened while the public is kept in the dark.
* EyeObscuringHat: Nick temporarily adopts this as a disguise when Ellen Abbot's show attacking him and implying an incestuous relationship with Go plays in the airport waiting area.
* FadeToBlack: Many scenes fade out this way.
* FanDisservice:
** In the movie, we get a short glimpse at [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris Desi]]'s penis - [[spoiler:after he has had his throat slashed open, with his corpse covered in blood]].
** A scantily clad Rosamund Pike? [[FanService Good]]. A scantily clad Rosamund Pike [[spoiler:''covered in blood'']]? [[{{Squick}} Not so good]].
** The things Rosamund Pike does to her body and the ways she crawls around to spread blood everywhere is very disturbing.
* FinancialAbuse:
** This is one of the main reasons why Nick had a rut with Amy in the first place, as she willingly surrendered two million dollars from her trust fund and gave it back to her parents without his consent even though they are going through a financial hardship; as Amy argues, it was their money on the first place; though they were dropped from their publisher, Amy's parents are able to still live leisurely with the two million. As it's shown, Nick never did forgive her for that.
** [[spoiler:Amy, reacting to this, later exacerbated their financial hardship intentionally by framing Nick with reckless spending.]]
* FlyoverCountry: Amy does not like living in Missouri and her parents clearly look down on the locals as well.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: "Any kids?" "Not yet!"]]
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Around the 1 hour mark we get an InternalReveal and a switch of POV from Nick to Amy.
* HellYesMoment: Nick and company are rather elated when he nails a great interview on national television; [[spoiler: predictably, it doesn't last.]]
* InsaneForgiveness: Despite her scorn over Nick's affair, Margo never falters in standing by her twin's side. As she puts it:
-->Nick: Go, you're my voice of reason. I need you with me on this.
-->Margo: Of course I'm with you. I was with you before we were even born.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Amy gives Desi what he's clearly been hoping for all along when she leads him to the bed in his lake house. [[spoiler: He probably wasn't hoping to get his throat slashed, though.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Amy and her parents. The family, stereotypical [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASPs]], continuously sneer at "shit-smelling" Missourians; Amy in particular is called a ''bitch'' by no less than three characters [[spoiler:even before she turns their whole shit upside down]]; her parents even modeled the character of ''Amazing Amy'' in everything the real Amy fell short in achieving. Understandably, Amy wasn't just simply not thrilled by this; [[spoiler:it made her insane.]]
** Ellen Abbott from the NNL Network accuses Nick of not only the disappearance of Amy based on his out-of-character attitude from a person that is supposed to be in bereavement, but also accuses him and "Go" of having an incestuous relationship; [[spoiler: later, she even has the proverbial balls of showing up at their house after her venomous tirade once Amy reappears and Nick even calls her out on her hypocrisy.]]
** James Gilpin also counts. Throughout the movie he constantly believes Nick is guilty and is always pushing Rhonda into arresting him. At the end, when Nick [[spoiler: makes the very valid point that Amy couldn't have acquired a box-cutter if she was tied up the whole time,]] Gilpin just says, [[spoiler: "Can't you just be happy your wife is back?"]] Also, unlike Rhonda, Ellen Abbot, and Amy's parents, [[spoiler: he doesn't even attempt to apologize to Nick for painting him as guilty.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler: Tanner and Boney stop helping Nick and Margo after Amy returns - they note that while they are sympathetic, the case is too big for local police and that Amy's hero status is currently impenetrable.]]
** [[spoiler: Boney specifically states that the FBI being involved in Amy's case means that she can no longer have any involvement in it. She doesn't have any choice but to back down, even though she clearly isn't buying Amy's "kidnapping" story.]]
*** [[spoiler: Amy doesn't try to fight off Greta and Jeff when they rob her, knowing that they outnumber her. In the book, she mentions she's never been in a fight before and wouldn't know what to do outside of what she's seen in movies.]]
* KubrickStare: After showing her true colors [[spoiler: Amy]] demonstrates that she is a master of these.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Creator/NeilPatrickHarris gets a fan-disserving one. Creator/BenAffleck has a blink-and-miss scene under the shower.
* MouthingTheProfanity: When Nick Dunne sells out his lover during a public speech regarding his wife's disappearance, she mouths "asshole" at him from the crowd.
* NeverMyFault: Nick and Amy blame each other for their marital problems rather than acknowledging their wrong doings.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** An example that also provides an aversion to TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:one trailer has a scene of Amy's lifeless corpse sinking in the water]], but in-film the event is simply an ImagineSpot.
** [[spoiler: The trailers implied that Amy is dead or missing, not staging an elaborate revenge plan. That Nick is either guilty, or is trying to prove that Desi is the main villain. None of this is the case.]]
** According to the director's commentary, David Fincher fought hard with the marketing department to keep the twist hidden in all the advertising.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: During the film, Amy's disappearance is covered by Ellen Abbott of the NNL Network, who quickly assume that Nick murdered her. The segments are a clear spoof of the HLN Network and the Nancy Grace show.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler: Averted. Initial reports said Flynn had written a different ending for the film, but she and Fincher later walked back those implications. The film's ending is the same as the novel's, minus the subtle alterations noted here.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Subverted. Initially we are not shown the interview Nick does with Sharon Schieber, but [[TakeOurWordForIt we are told]] he was performing exceptionally well. Eventually we get to see snippets of it when Amy watches the interview with Desi at the lake house. It's effective enough to convince Amy that [[spoiler:Nick doesn't actually love her, but is willing to lie to himself enough to continue with the charade.]] Too bad for Desi.
* OhCrap:
** Amy's face when they first stepped on Missouri.
** [[spoiler: Amy's face when Desi tells her that he is "never letting her get away again." Her expression is impassive, but her eyes are filled with terror.]]
** Desi, when [[spoiler:he and Amy are watching Nick's teary interview on national television.]]
** Nick has a bunch:
*** When Amy tells him that she surrendered two million dollars from her trust fund back to her parents without even talking with him.
*** When he tries to turn the tide around with a heartfelt speech for the cameras and the crowd that initially bodes well, but then Amy's "best friend" opens her mouth. Unsurprisingly, Nick bolts out of there in a jiffy.
*** Again, when he opens the door [[spoiler:to see Amy covered in Desi's blood from head to toe]] and then again [[spoiler:when she giddily beckons him to join her in the shower '''still covered in blood'''.]]
*** And then again when Amy reveals that [[spoiler:she artificially inseminated herself with Nick's fertility clinic sperm.]]
* OpeningNarration: The movie opens [[{{Bookends}} and ends]] with a monologue by Nick.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodbank: [[spoiler:There is ''plenty'' of blood in the scene where Amy slashes Desi's throat open.]] It's okay because the throat is a major artery. Blood doesn't so much gush as spray out when that one is cut.
* PaperThinDisguise: Played with. [[spoiler: Amy goes to reasonable lengths to avert it - dyes her hair, forgoes makeup, wears glasses, puts on weight, adopts a new accent and even smashes herself with a hammer to the face, looking reasonably different from her image in the media. However, a real victim of domestic abuse and trailer trash, Greta, sees through it and admits so when she robs her, even making a point of saying that she clearly has never been hit in her life. Then she socks Amy in the jaw.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Or in this case, incapable of doing anything except blindly following the narrative Amy has laid out. Detective Boney is the sole exception. When near the end of the movie she presents a perfectly reasonable question to [[spoiler:Amy in why she wants to go back to the husband she's portrayed as an abusive adulterer]], the other police present look at her like she's explaining how the CIA assassinated JFK.
* ProductPlacement:
** Count how often Leffe beer comes up. Nick and Amy MeetCute when Nick tells her to be careful where she puts her "monk-brewed Belgian wheat beer." She holds it up to the camera in some angles as they talk. It's also visible at The Bar and in Desi's refrigerator. Stella Artois and Hoegaarden, other Belgian beers owned by [=InBev=], are also common.
** In her first scene, Detective Boney spends a substantial amount of time holding a Dunkin Donuts coffee cup.
* RaceLift: Tanner Bolt, who was white in the book, is played by Creator/TylerPerry in the movie. The character had a black wife, who's been AdaptedOut, and since Perry's Bolt takes on her media guru role, he could be seen as a CompositeCharacter.
* TheRashomon: All versions of the events are from [[spoiler:Amy and were especially engineered so that Nick didn't have a version to defend himself.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler:she sticks by her story and even makes up new details to leave Nick completely at her mercy and unable to reach to anyone.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Detective Boney never really buys the accusations against Nick, even [[spoiler: once she finds the fake diary]] and assumes that his blunders are just a result of stupidity and shock. She immediately voices her suspicions so that Nick has a chance to provide his own context. Since Nick doesn't do that and antagonizes her by being uncooperative, [[spoiler: it leads to his arrest after the police gets Amy's "anonymous" tip about the [[EvidenceDungeon woodshed]]. Once Amy returns, she starts questioning the holes in her story, but is shut down by the FBI.]]
* RightThroughHisPants: Inverted. [[spoiler: Desi somehow penetrates Amy through her panties before she kills him.]]
* RuleOfThree: Amy's love interests. We meet Nick first, and he seems like a fairly normal guy, if a bit stonefaced. The audience also knows he had nothing to do with Amy's disappearance. He meets an old boyfriend of hers, who tells Nick how Amy ruined his life with a false rape accusation. He's understandably bitter, but other than that, a fairly normal guy. By now, the audience is ready to discard Amy's parents' line about her always attracting obsessive lovers. [[StalkerWithACrush But then we meet Desi.]]
%%* SharpDressedMan: Desi and Tanner.
* ShoutOut:
** Probably unintentional, but the scene where Nick shoves Amy and she hits her head on the bannister is strikingly similar to a scene in ''{{Film/Oliver}}'' when Bill Sykes does the same thing to Nancy, which becomes funny/ironic when you consider that [[spoiler: in the book, Amy picks the name Nancy specifically because it reminds her of the "abused woman" character she's pretending to be.]]
** Nick can be seen playing what is quite clearly ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield3}} Battlefield 3]]'' in one flashback segment.
* ShowerScene: Both protagonists together in a shower towards the end for fanservice.
* SpottingTheThread: Amy, in hiding, has said she's from New Orleans, and casually brings up drowning herself in the Gulf of Mexico (ItMakesSenseInContext) and becoming "food for great white [sharks]." Greta informs her that "It's bull sharks in the Gulf." [[spoiler: This is our first sign that Greta does suspect Amy.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Amy is unique in the way that she doesn't just put a facade for Nick, but she has done so throughout her lifetime towards both women and men; in doing so, Amy is even more unique in the fact that she is a character that is both a misogynist and a misandrist. After the whole ordeal (murder, faked rape and all), she intends to continue the facade even when Nick sees right through her and she is even able to manipulate him into begrudging submission.]]
* StreetSmart: Greta certainly doesn't have Amy's education, but she's no slouch at sniffing out lies and recognizing opportunities. She's savvy enough to [[spoiler: see through Amy's story very quickly, and correctly reason that she's on the run and can't call the police if she's robbed.]]
* TooCleverByHalf: [[spoiler: Amy might be a dangerous and highly intelligent sociopath who outwits everyone around her, but she is outmatched by simple, everyday criminals in Jeff and Greta, who rob her, beat her up and get away scot-free thanks to common PragmaticVillainy.]]
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: After the HalfWayPlotSwitch, the story splits off into two parallel story lines following Nick and Amy separately, but [[AnachronicOrder not necessarily in chronological order]].
* {{Twincest}}: Mentioned by name after the media spreads rumors about Nick and Go.
* UnableToSupportAWife: Played with. [[spoiler:Amy married Nick for him to become an unrealistic paragon of emotional and financial fortitude for her delusions; when he failed to deliver, she made it even worse for him by surrendering a two million dollar cushion to her parents and intentionally framed him as a reckless spender.]]
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: Amy's monologue during the InternalReveal includes images of what she is going to do, [[spoiler:involving committing suicide by drowning]]. Of course, UnspokenPlanGuarantee applies and the plan changes [[SpannerInTheWorks due to unforeseen circumstances]].
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: A close-up on Nick's phone reveals Andie's text message (that she is waiting outside) displayed in large font in the center of the display.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Amy suffers a small one after Greta and Jeff steal her money, angrily shrieking into a pillow.]]
* WackyMarriageProposal: Nick proposing to Amy during an interview.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After [[spoiler:Amy's reappearance,]] Andie (Nick's girlfriend) is not mentioned again, albeit in hindsight [[spoiler:she did good in getting the hell out of Dodge after accusing Nick of Amy's murder on national television.]]
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6th Mar '17 3:34:57 AM SpectralTime
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* SmugSnake: [[spoiler: Amy clearly thinks of herself as the one thinking person in a world of morons, but she's not ''quite'' as smart as she thinks she is. Her prep work was flawless, but her plans quickly start fraying at the edges. She turns out to have misjudged how expensive living on the run is. She opens up a little too much to someone she considers a fellow woman mistreated by men, only to have said woman beat and rob her ''with the help of her new boyfriend'' ([[RealityEnsues so much for sisterhood!]]). Then she contacts a man she considers an easily manipulated idiot who'll be putty in her hands because he's got a crush on her, and he turns out to virtually imprison her "for her own good." And then, just to top it off, ''Nick'' manages to manipulate her into running back home, thus nullifying almost everything she set out to accomplish. None of which, of course, does anything to [[BreakTheHaughty puncture her ego]] - in the end, Nick has actually found it in him to feel sorry for her for being such a broken, twisted mess of a woman, and she just can't process that fact, because in her mind she's always the winner.]]
14th Feb '17 2:15:12 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* {{Bookends}}: Both the first and last shots of the movie are of Nick stroking Amy's hair while giving a monologue about the "primal questions of marriage", before Amy turns to look right at the camera. There is, however, one key difference between the two shots. [[spoiler:In the first, Amy looks surprised, innocent, and even vulnerable. In the last, her surprise quickly fades, and she simply ''smirks''.]]

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* {{Bookends}}: Both the first and last shots scenes of the movie are a POV shot of Nick stroking Amy's hair while giving a monologue about the "primal questions of marriage", before Amy turns to look right at the camera. There is, however, one key difference between the two shots. [[spoiler:In the first, Amy looks surprised, innocent, and even vulnerable. In the last, her surprise quickly fades, and she simply ''smirks''.]]
12th Feb '17 7:09:14 PM timotaka
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* PoliceAreUseless: Or in this case, incapable of coming up with anything except blindly following the narrative Amy has laid out. Detective Boney is the sole exception. When near the end of the movie she asks a perfectly reasonable question from [[spoiler:Amy in why she wants to go back to the husband she's portrayed as an abusive adulterer]], the other police present look at her like she's explaining how the CIA assassinated JFK.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Or in this case, incapable of coming up with doing anything except blindly following the narrative Amy has laid out. Detective Boney is the sole exception. When near the end of the movie she asks presents a perfectly reasonable question from to [[spoiler:Amy in why she wants to go back to the husband she's portrayed as an abusive adulterer]], the other police present look at her like she's explaining how the CIA assassinated JFK.
10th Feb '17 8:29:26 PM timotaka
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* PoliceAreUseless: Or in this case, incapable of coming up with anything except blindly following the narrative Amy has laid out. Detective Boney is the sole exception. When near the end of the movie she asks a perfectly reasonable question from [[spoiler:Amy in why she wants to go back to the husband she's portrayed as an abusive adulterer]], the other police present look at her like she's explaining how the CIA assassinated JFK.
2nd Jan '17 9:17:40 AM Silverblade2
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* DownerEnding: Hoo boy. [[spoiler:Amy gets away with her schemes at the end, having successfully planted the blame on Desi, and using her pregnancy to keep Nick under her heel for at ''least'' until the kid is eighteen. She's viewed as a hero, with only a few people knowing what a monster she really is, and Nick is stuck in an endless battle against a ruthless sociopath. Margo, the most sympathetic main character, has to live with the knowledge that her twin brother is married to said sociopath, and likely will be forever, and there's nothing she can do to help him. Basically the ''only'' consolation is that, with Nick being aware of what she is and always having an eye on her, it's unlikely Amy will ever be able to pull something like this again. And his very last words to her in the novel do genuinely get under her skin, meaning that he knows how to adequately fuck with her. Apparently, once he knows the rules to the game, Nick is just as good at it as she is.]] [[SarcasmMode Yeah, it's a real cheerful story.]]

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* DownerEnding: Hoo boy. [[spoiler:Amy gets away with her schemes at the end, having successfully planted the blame on Desi, and using her pregnancy to keep Nick under her heel for at ''least'' until the kid is eighteen. She's viewed as a hero, with only a few people knowing what a monster she really is, and Nick is stuck in an endless battle against a ruthless sociopath. Margo, the most sympathetic main character, has to live with the knowledge that her twin brother is married to said sociopath, and likely will be forever, and there's nothing she can do to help him. Basically the ''only'' consolation is that, with Nick being aware of what she is and always having an eye on her, it's unlikely Amy will ever be able to pull something like this again. And his very last words to her in the novel do genuinely get under her skin, meaning that he knows how to adequately fuck with her. Apparently, once he knows the rules to the game, Nick is just as good at it as she is.]] [[SarcasmMode Yeah, it's a real cheerful story.]]
15th Dec '16 6:53:08 PM AdelePotter
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* DownerEnding: Hoo boy. [[spoiler:Amy gets away with her schemes at the end, having successfully planted the blame on Desi, and using her pregnancy to keep Nick under her heel for at ''least'' until the kid is eighteen. She's viewed as a hero, with only a few people knowing what a monster she really is, and Nick is stuck in an endless battle against a ruthless sociopath. Margo, the most sympathetic main character, has to live with the knowledge that her twin brother is married to said sociopath, and likely will be forever, and there's nothing she can do to help him. Basically the ''only'' consolation is that, with Nick being aware of what she is and always having an eye on her, it's unlikely Amy will ever be able to pull something like this again. And his very last words to her in the novel do genuinely get under her skin, meaning that he knows how to adequately fuck with her. Apparently, once he knows the rules to the game, Nick is just as good at it as she is.]] [[SarcasmMode Yeah, it's a real cheerful story.]]


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Way, ''way'' over on the cynical end.
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