History ObfuscatingStupidity / Film

19th Jul '16 1:53:57 PM CheeseDogX
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-->'''Bruce''': Do you think I should go to a hospital?
-->'''Gordon''': You don't watch a whole lot of news, do you Mr. Wayne?
6th Jun '16 1:33:14 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Film/TheCaptainHatesTheSea'', Schulte the PI is following Danny Crockett on the cruise ship, trying to get the $250,000 in bonds that Danny has stolen. Danny's OutlawCouple partner Janet, aka "MIchigan Red" and posing here as an innocent librarian, manipulates Schulte into falling in love with her in order to distract him from the bonds. Schulte appears to be falling for their scheme, until he's shown holding Janet's rap sheet, revealing that he knows everything.

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* In ''Film/TheCaptainHatesTheSea'', Schulte the PI is following Danny Crockett on the cruise ship, trying to get the $250,000 in bonds that Danny has stolen. Danny's OutlawCouple partner Janet, aka "MIchigan "Michigan Red" and posing here as an innocent librarian, manipulates Schulte into falling in love with her in order to distract him from the bonds. Schulte appears to be falling for their scheme, until he's shown holding Janet's rap sheet, revealing that he knows everything.
9th May '16 5:36:19 PM WillBGood
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** I you watch closely, you will notice that the "brainless" Scarecrow is the one who has all the ideas, comes up with the plan to sneak into the witch's castle, and even (at the climax) manages to think quickly enough to use the Tin Man's ax to drop a chandelier on the witch's soldiers. This is even more pronounced in [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the original book]], where he comes up with clever solutions to nearly every obstacle and monster that the Witch of the West and Oz itself throws at them. In both versions, the Scarecrow's dumb act has even [[BelievingTheirOwnLies fooled himself]]. He associates intelligence solely with being a "great brain" or "deep thinker". Since he's not one of those by any means, he fails to recognize his planning, quick thinking, and resourcefulness are ''also'' signs of intelligence.

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** I If you watch closely, you will notice that the "brainless" Scarecrow is the one who has all the ideas, comes up with the plan to sneak into the witch's castle, and even (at the climax) manages to think quickly enough to use the Tin Man's ax to drop a chandelier on the witch's soldiers. This is even more pronounced in [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz the original book]], where he comes up with clever solutions to nearly every obstacle and monster that the Witch of the West and Oz itself throws at them. In both versions, the Scarecrow's dumb act has even [[BelievingTheirOwnLies fooled himself]]. He associates intelligence solely with being a "great brain" or "deep thinker". Since he's not one of those by any means, he fails to recognize his planning, quick thinking, and resourcefulness are ''also'' signs of intelligence.
8th May '16 2:41:52 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:Doofy, the killer,]] in the first ''ScaryMovie''.

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* [[spoiler:Doofy, the killer,]] in the first ''ScaryMovie''.''Film/ScaryMovie''.
13th Apr '16 4:44:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** In at least one movie [[spoiler: he actually can see, but pretends to be blind in order to gain a blind person's insight. Seriously. It makes more sense when he says it.]]

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** In at least one movie [[spoiler: * ''Film/BlindFury'', an American version of Zatoichi set in 1980s America, has the main character acting like a foolish and unassuming drifter. When set upon by a pack of thugs, he actually can see, but pretends to be blind in order to gain accidentally take them all out with a blind person's insight. Seriously. It makes more sense when he says it.]]PlankGag and other seemingly innocent movements.
8th Apr '16 4:44:08 PM Adept
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* In ''Film/{{Maverick}}'', Bret Maverick pulls this off effectively in an early scene where he invites himself into a {{poker}} game, saying, "I promise that I'll do nothing but lose for at least an hour." For the first hour of so he indeed loses every hand. From the second hour of the game on, Maverick winds up cleaning out the rest of the table. When one fellow gambler accuses him of cheating, Maverick explains, "What do you think I was doing for the first hour? I was learning your tells." This sets the tone for the rest of the movie, in which Maverick appears to be bumbling his way through the West, but in reality is as shrewd and sly as anyone else in the movie.

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* In ''Film/{{Maverick}}'', Bret Maverick pulls this off effectively in an early scene where he invites himself into a {{poker}} TabletopGame/{{poker}} game, saying, "I promise that I'll do nothing but lose for at least an hour." For the first hour of so he indeed loses every hand. From the second hour of the game on, Maverick winds up cleaning out the rest of the table. When one fellow gambler accuses him of cheating, Maverick explains, "What do you think I was doing for the first hour? I was learning your tells." This sets the tone for the rest of the movie, in which Maverick appears to be bumbling his way through the West, but in reality is as shrewd and sly as anyone else in the movie.
23rd Jan '16 11:06:50 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'', [[spoiler: Glenne Headly plays an extremely ditzy poor little rich girl who is an obvious target of the two cons, SteveMartin and MichaelCaine. Turns out that she was counter-conning them from the beginning.]]

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* In ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels'', [[spoiler: Glenne Headly plays an extremely ditzy poor little rich girl who is an obvious target of the two cons, SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin and MichaelCaine.Creator/MichaelCaine. Turns out that she was counter-conning them from the beginning.]]
19th Jan '16 9:54:13 PM jamespolk
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* ''Summer of '42'' has its underage protagonist employ some of this to [[TrojanGauntlet obtain some condoms]] from a pharmacist. When asked what he wants them for, he says they're actually for his (nonexistent) older brother and that he assumes they're for filling with water and dropping on people from a roof.

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* ''Summer of '42'' ''Film/SummerOf42'' has its underage protagonist employ some of this to [[TrojanGauntlet obtain some condoms]] from a pharmacist. When asked what he wants them for, he says they're actually for his (nonexistent) older brother and that he assumes they're for filling with water and dropping on people from a roof.
4th Dec '15 6:35:40 AM Doug86
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* ''Film/{{Zatoichi}}'', in the series of movies of the same name, posed as a harmless blind masseur (he really was blind) until it came time for either intimidation or the mass slaughter of the EvilMinions.

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* ''Film/{{Zatoichi}}'', ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}'', in the series of movies of the same name, posed as a harmless blind masseur (he really was blind) until it came time for either intimidation or the mass slaughter of the EvilMinions.
28th Nov '15 7:11:32 PM FuzzyBoots
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* Harry Deane, of ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', seems intelligent, but horribly naive and prone to screwing up everything. In actuality, he's the mastermind of a greater con than what he claims to be perpetrating]].
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