History ObfuscatingStupidity / Film

6th Nov '16 4:18:36 PM nombretomado
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* JackieChan tends to play these kinds of characters, particularly in ''Film/RushHour'', when he allows Chris Tucker's character, Carter, to believe he doesn't speak English. [[spoiler: Carter gets him back, though, when he reveals that he can speak Chinese just fine. The Screwups Reel makes it quite clear, however, that Tucker himself can't, and since he doesn't speak Chinese in the second movie either, it's possible that Carter only knows the basics of the language or learned just enough for the prank.]]

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* JackieChan Creator/JackieChan tends to play these kinds of characters, particularly in ''Film/RushHour'', when he allows Chris Tucker's character, Carter, to believe he doesn't speak English. [[spoiler: Carter gets him back, though, when he reveals that he can speak Chinese just fine. The Screwups Reel makes it quite clear, however, that Tucker himself can't, and since he doesn't speak Chinese in the second movie either, it's possible that Carter only knows the basics of the language or learned just enough for the prank.]]
9th Oct '16 7:54:54 PM erforce
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** In ''At World's End'', referring to Jack again,

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** In ''At ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End'', End]]'', referring to Jack again,
8th Sep '16 9:17:58 PM TitaniumDragon
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--> ''Funny thing is everybody thinks I'm this big idiot, and its all a big facade.'' (While mispronouncing facade as fah-sid)
4th Sep '16 5:07:27 AM erforce
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* In the 2006 ''Film/PinkPanther'' remake, it is revealed that Inspector Clouseau could [[spoiler: speak Chinese all along and figured out who the killer was when the Chinese woman named "Yu" was brought in for questioning. His rant about actually knowing Chinese turned out to be true.]]
* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', a character expresses the (erroneous) belief that Clouseau's blundering is actually a version of this.

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* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''
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In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', a character expresses the 2006 ''Film/PinkPanther'' remake, (erroneous) belief that Clouseau's blundering is actually a version of this.
** In ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006'',
it is revealed that Inspector Clouseau could [[spoiler: speak Chinese all along and figured out who the killer was when the Chinese woman named "Yu" was brought in for questioning. His rant about actually knowing Chinese turned out to be true.]]
* In ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'', a character expresses the (erroneous) belief that Clouseau's blundering is actually a version of this.
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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.
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