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20th Jun '13 9:19:12 AM erforce
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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher. The film starred Creator/JimCarrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and LoganLerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.

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!!Tropes:

* AbandonedHospital: The Nathaniel Institute.
* ActingForTwo: Aside from the obvious[[hottip:*: (Jim Carrey as Walter and Fingerling)]], there's Virgina Madsen (who plays both Walter's wife and Fingerling's girlfriend, Fabrizia), Danny Huston (as Issac French and Dr. Miles Phoenix) and Lynn Collins (who plays the "Suicide Blonde", the suicidal neighbor Mrs. Dobkins, and Young Fingerling's mother).
* ArcNumber: Guess.
* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: Laura Tollins could be seen as this, for driving Walter into a homicidal rage after claiming she never loved him and mocking his father's suicide. At least, if that's what ''[[UnreliableNarrator really]]'' happened?]]
* BittersweetEnding: Sure, the murder mystery was solved, [[spoiler: and the man wrongfully imprisoned for it was set free.]] But [[spoiler: Walter had turned himself in to police, and was awaiting sentencing for criminal homicide.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Walter Sparrow:''' Maybe it's not the happiest of endings, but it's the right one. Some day I'll be up for parole, and we can go on living our lives. It's only a matter of time. Of course, time is just a counting system. Numbers with meaning attached to them...isn't it?]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* DrivenToSuicide: The [[CaptainObvious Suicide Blonde]], Widow Dobkins, Walter's Father, and [[spoiler: Walter himself. Twice. (The first time, he survives his attempt; the second time, he stops because he [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sees his son watching him]].]]
* ForWantOfANail: Walter laments this at the beginning of the film: if he hadn't agreed to take his wife's cake to the holiday office party, the dispatcher Sybil wouldn't have drunkenly thrown herself at him; if he hadn't turned down Sybil's advances so harshly, she wouldn't have been angry at him the next day and sent him on another call just as his shift ended; if he hadn't been sent on that last call, he wouldn't have been late to meet his wife Agatha; if hadn't made Agatha wait, she wouldn't have had time to browse in the used bookstore -- and wouldn't have found that copy of ''The Number 23''.
* HellHound: Ned's a fairly ordinary dog, but still fits the "guardian" flavor of this trope rather well.
* HereditaryCurse
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Both Laura Tollins and the fictional Fabrizia have a fetish for violence and like to roleplay with knives in the bedroom. Fabrizia even has Fingerling take her to an apartment where a woman ''killed herself'' so they can have sex.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jim Carrey stars as a tragic character, rather than the comedic ones he was known for.
* MeaningfulName: Several examples:
** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Laura Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned is an Old English name meaning "guardian" or "protector".)]] Also N=14+E=5+D=4=23
** [[spoiler: The hospital where Walter was rehabilitated after his suicide attempt and granted a new lease on life is the Nathaniel Institute, from the biblical name meaning "Gift of God".]]
** The doctor at the hospital [[spoiler: who helped rehabilitate Walter (and later went mad)]] is named "Sirius Leary", which (when reversed) roughly means "Be Careful of the Dog" -- an obvious reference to Ned, who both physically attacks Walter and [[spoiler: directs him to his past crimes]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Laura Tollins. [[spoiler: Subverted in the movie's final act.]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: Issac French explains that number 23 is considered evil because 2 divided by 3 results in .666...6666etc. which would actually be shortened to .667, if we're going to three decimal places.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The hotel room where [[spoiler: Walter]] wrote the last chapter of the book--literally. It has a fictional counterpart in the Suicide Blonde's apartment, where she scrawled out all of her life's connections to the number 23.
** [[spoiler: Also, Walter's old room at the mental hospital.]]
* SanitySlippage: The number itself is implied to cause this, as "victims" become obsessed with the numerical patterns in their own lives and the world around them.
* SueDonym: The titular book is written by "Topsy Kretts".
* [[spoiler: SympatheticMurderBackstory]]
* TattooedCrook: Fingerling.
* [[spoiler: TheKillerInMe]]
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: The author who wrote the book "The Number 23" is ''Walter himself.'']]

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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher. The film starred Creator/JimCarrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and LoganLerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.

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!!Tropes:

* AbandonedHospital: The Nathaniel Institute.
* ActingForTwo: Aside from the obvious[[hottip:*: (Jim Carrey as Walter and Fingerling)]], there's Virgina Madsen (who plays both Walter's wife and Fingerling's girlfriend, Fabrizia), Danny Huston (as Issac French and Dr. Miles Phoenix) and Lynn Collins (who plays the "Suicide Blonde", the suicidal neighbor Mrs. Dobkins, and Young Fingerling's mother).
* ArcNumber: Guess.
* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: Laura Tollins could be seen as this, for driving Walter into a homicidal rage after claiming she never loved him and mocking his father's suicide. At least, if that's what ''[[UnreliableNarrator really]]'' happened?]]
* BittersweetEnding: Sure, the murder mystery was solved, [[spoiler: and the man wrongfully imprisoned for it was set free.]] But [[spoiler: Walter had turned himself in to police, and was awaiting sentencing for criminal homicide.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Walter Sparrow:''' Maybe it's not the happiest of endings, but it's the right one. Some day I'll be up for parole, and we can go on living our lives. It's only a matter of time. Of course, time is just a counting system. Numbers with meaning attached to them...isn't it?]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* DrivenToSuicide: The [[CaptainObvious Suicide Blonde]], Widow Dobkins, Walter's Father, and [[spoiler: Walter himself. Twice. (The first time, he survives his attempt; the second time, he stops because he [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sees his son watching him]].]]
* ForWantOfANail: Walter laments this at the beginning of the film: if he hadn't agreed to take his wife's cake to the holiday office party, the dispatcher Sybil wouldn't have drunkenly thrown herself at him; if he hadn't turned down Sybil's advances so harshly, she wouldn't have been angry at him the next day and sent him on another call just as his shift ended; if he hadn't been sent on that last call, he wouldn't have been late to meet his wife Agatha; if hadn't made Agatha wait, she wouldn't have had time to browse in the used bookstore -- and wouldn't have found that copy of ''The Number 23''.
* HellHound: Ned's a fairly ordinary dog, but still fits the "guardian" flavor of this trope rather well.
* HereditaryCurse
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Both Laura Tollins and the fictional Fabrizia have a fetish for violence and like to roleplay with knives in the bedroom. Fabrizia even has Fingerling take her to an apartment where a woman ''killed herself'' so they can have sex.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jim Carrey stars as a tragic character, rather than the comedic ones he was known for.
* MeaningfulName: Several examples:
** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Laura Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned is an Old English name meaning "guardian" or "protector".)]] Also N=14+E=5+D=4=23
** [[spoiler: The hospital where Walter was rehabilitated after his suicide attempt and granted a new lease on life is the Nathaniel Institute, from the biblical name meaning "Gift of God".]]
** The doctor at the hospital [[spoiler: who helped rehabilitate Walter (and later went mad)]] is named "Sirius Leary", which (when reversed) roughly means "Be Careful of the Dog" -- an obvious reference to Ned, who both physically attacks Walter and [[spoiler: directs him to his past crimes]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Laura Tollins. [[spoiler: Subverted in the movie's final act.]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: Issac French explains that number 23 is considered evil because 2 divided by 3 results in .666...6666etc. which would actually be shortened to .667, if we're going to three decimal places.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The hotel room where [[spoiler: Walter]] wrote the last chapter of the book--literally. It has a fictional counterpart in the Suicide Blonde's apartment, where she scrawled out all of her life's connections to the number 23.
** [[spoiler: Also, Walter's old room at the mental hospital.]]
* SanitySlippage: The number itself is implied to cause this, as "victims" become obsessed with the numerical patterns in their own lives and the world around them.
* SueDonym: The titular book is written by "Topsy Kretts".
* [[spoiler: SympatheticMurderBackstory]]
* TattooedCrook: Fingerling.
* [[spoiler: TheKillerInMe]]
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler: The author who wrote the book "The Number 23" is ''Walter himself.'']]
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17th Apr '13 4:45:09 PM Sifr1889
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* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: Laura Tollins could be seen as this, for driving Walter into a homicidal rage after claiming she never loved him and mocking his father's suicide. At least, if that's what ''[[UnreliableNarrator really]]'' happened?]]
11th Apr '13 10:03:00 PM JadeEyes1
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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Both Laura Tollins and the fictional Fabrizia have a fetish for violence and like to roleplay with knives. Fabrizia even has Fingerling take her to an apartment where a woman ''killed herself'' so they can have sex.

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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Both Laura Tollins and the fictional Fabrizia have a fetish for violence and like to roleplay with knives.knives in the bedroom. Fabrizia even has Fingerling take her to an apartment where a woman ''killed herself'' so they can have sex.



** [[spoiler: The hospital where Walter was rehabilitated after his suicide attempt and granted a new lease on life is the "Nathaniel Institute", from the biblical name meaning "Gift of God".]]
** The doctor at the hospital [[spoiler: who helped rehabilitate Walter (and later went mad)]] is named "Sirius Leary", which (when reversed) roughly means "Beware the Dog" -- an obvious reference to Ned, who both physically attacks Walter and [[spoiler: directs him to his past crimes]].

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** [[spoiler: The hospital where Walter was rehabilitated after his suicide attempt and granted a new lease on life is the "Nathaniel Institute", Nathaniel Institute, from the biblical name meaning "Gift of God".]]
** The doctor at the hospital [[spoiler: who helped rehabilitate Walter (and later went mad)]] is named "Sirius Leary", which (when reversed) roughly means "Beware "Be Careful of the Dog" -- an obvious reference to Ned, who both physically attacks Walter and [[spoiler: directs him to his past crimes]].
17th Feb '13 4:32:56 AM Morgenthaler
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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film starred Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and LoganLerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.

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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. Creator/JoelSchumacher. The film starred Jim Carrey, Creator/JimCarrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and LoganLerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.


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14th Jan '13 4:56:41 AM Pirateassassin
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* NumberOfTheBeast: Issac French explains that number 23 is considered evil because 2 divided by 3 results in .666.

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* NumberOfTheBeast: Issac French explains that number 23 is considered evil because 2 divided by 3 results in .666.666...6666etc. which would actually be shortened to .667, if we're going to three decimal places.
13th Dec '12 7:24:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HairOfGold: The Suicide Blonde, Mrs. Dobkins, and Fingerling's mother. (Hardly surprising, as they're all portrayed by the same actress.)
** Also, Walter's wife Agatha.
19th Sep '12 6:27:19 PM bestdeef
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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film starred Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and Logan Lerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.

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The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film starred Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston and Logan Lerman.LoganLerman. It was subsequently released on DVD on July 24, 2007 (23 July in the UK), and premiered on HBO on Saturday April 19, 2008. The plot involves Walter Sparrow and his obsession with the 23 enigma, an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some permutation of the number 23, or a number related to 23. This is the second film to pair Schumacher and Carrey, the first being Batman Forever. This is Carrey's first suspense thriller.
12th Sep '12 8:43:55 AM BigNorseWolf
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** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Laura Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned is an Old English name meaning "guardian" or "protector".)]]

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** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Laura Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned is an Old English name meaning "guardian" or "protector".)]])]] Also N=14+E=5+D=4=23
13th Jun '12 3:53:57 AM JadeEyes1
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** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Lauren Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned means "guardian" or "protector".)]]

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** Ned, the black and white bulldog who watches over Lauren Laura Tollin's grave, was so-named because of his habit of "guarding" the dead.[[hottip:*: (Ned means is an Old English name meaning "guardian" or "protector".)]]


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* [[spoiler: TheKillerInMe]]
13th Jun '12 3:34:35 AM JadeEyes1
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* TattooedCrook: Fingerling.
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