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Newcomer asking for help
Hello, I’m a newcomer. Thank you for your welcome. I’d like to start off by asking for your help. Even after having a good look through this site, I still only have a pretty hazy idea of what exactly you mean by “trope”. What follows is a brief outline of Be Cool, a Gary Gray comedy thriller adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel. I would be very grateful if someone would be so kind as to list the tropes that can be found in this presentation. I suppose there must be two or three in Part A, the opening scene, and maybe three more in Part B, the rest of the film, but I wouldn’t know what name to give to any of them. Thank you in advance for your kindness. Opening scene, three characters: X is the joint owner, with his wife, of an unsuccessful business. (It will emerge later that, unknown to his wife, he’s been handing over thousands to a protection racket.) Y is an independent businessman on a modest scale. Z is a hitman for the protection racket. Scene, sidewalk café. X and Y chatting. X: I’ve got this great idea for a project. It’ll make money for both of us. (Explains idea.) Y: No, it wouldn’t work. Not interested, no deal. A car drives up, Z gets out, shoots X dead, gets back in car, drives off. Y has witnessed the murder, and Z knows it. The rest of the film, summary of story line: Y, the protagonist, is shown achieving three aims. He rescues X’s business (now X’s widow’s business) from insolvency, makes a success of it. He avenges X’s killing: the racketeers all end up dead or in jail. He gets shacked up with X’s widow (played by Uma Thurman, no less).