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->''"All you need is love, love''
->''Love is all you need"''

2007 JukeboxMusical film featuring songs written by Music/TheBeatles. It was directed by Julie Taymor.

It stars Jim Sturgess as (Hey) Jude and Creator/EvanRachelWood as Lucy (In The Sky With Diamonds), whose romance is the central plot that unfolds over the backdrop of TheSixties.

Jude Feeney is an [[{{Expy}} aimless young man from Liverpool]] who heads to America in hopes of finding his absent father, who knew his mother in WWII but had never been told that Jude was born. When the man proves to be something of a disappointment, he falls in with IvyLeague frat boy Max (...well's Silver Hammer, not sung in the film) Carrigan. (Max helped him find his dad; Jude helped Max escape campus authorities; it went on from there.) The two move to New York with Max's sister Lucy. Jude finds himself falling for Lucy, who willingly reciprocates.

Also along for the ride are (Sexy) Sadie, their landlady who is also an aspiring singer, Jojo (from "Get Back"), a talented guitarist who makes his way to New York after the events of the 1967 Detroit riot, and (Dear) Prudence, a closeted lesbian who crashes into their shared apartment after running away from an abusive boyfriend. Everyone falls in love and for the hippie scene present there. But the real world intrudes as UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar wages on, and the political involvement (willing and otherwise) of various members of Jude's TrueCompanions becomes more and more perilous. It threatens to pull Jude and Lucy apart -- she's involved, and he doesn't approve of that part of the movement she's in...

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!!''Across The Universe'' contains examples of:

* AliceAllusion: After the gang gets ditched by Doctor Robert, en route to Mr. Kite's circus.
-->'''Jude:''' Where are you taking me?
-->'''Lucy:''' Down the rabbit-hole!
* ArtisticStimulation
* Music/TheBeatles
* BetaCouple: Averted with Sadie and Jojo, who get together fairly easily, but run into relationship troubles later on.
* BigApplesauce
* BlackComedyRape: When the gang is trying to help Max find a way to get out of his conscription, Prudence suggests "Tell them you're a pedophile, and you can't wait to molest all the little girls who look like me!"
* BSODSong: "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "A Day in the Life" both qualify, as well as "Girl" which, despite being the opening number, chronologically comes ''after'' the latter song.
* BuffySpeak: [[EddieIzzard Mr. Kite]] in his [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment musical number]].
-->'''Mr. Kite''': The Hendersons will all be there/Late of Pablo Fanque's fair/ Have you seen it? It's great: they've got ''stuff''!
* TheCameo: In order: Joe Cocker as a hobo, a pimp, and an aging hippy singing Come Together, Bono as a wacky Ken Kesey {{Expy}} singing I Am the Walrus (and [[LargeHam ACTING]]), EddieIzzard as Mr. Kite, and SalmaHayek times 6 as a [[HelloNurse sexy nurse.]] Except for Salma Hayek, all qualify as [[OneSceneWonder One Song Wonders]].
* ClosedDoorRapport: Prudence, who had a crush on Sadie, ends up locking herself in a closet after she realizes that Sadie and Jojo are now a couple. So the gang (minus Sadie and Jojo, incidentally, who have a thing they have to get to) sing "Dear Prudence" to try and convince her to [[StealthPun come out of the closet]], get out of her funk, and see the world for how wonderful it is.
* {{Conscription}}
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning:
** The Beatles wrote "I Want To Hold Your Hand" as a straightforward love song. Here, it's a closet lesbian pining for her unrequited crush. It works.
** One particularly {{egregious}} example of this is "Girl"; though it only uses one verse, the orchestration and out-of-context lyrics changes the song from a lament about [[YokoOhNo a man whose girlfriend's presence is putting serious strain on his social life with his buddies]], to a simple ballad about a lost love.
** Another great example is "I Want You" A song about lust and how sexy (heavy) the subject is. In the film the song is set to Uncle Sam's pointing finger on the Army recruiting poster, "I Want You!" during Max's draft board examination. And when the "She's so heavy!" chorus begins, it cuts to a shot of the Army recruits being forced to carry the Statue of Liberty on their shoulders.
* [[CoolCar Cool Bus]]: Especially if you're on hallucinogens.
* CrowdSong: The latter half of "Hey Jude", natch.
* DeathNotification: For the mother of Lucy's boyfriend, right after Lucy [[TemptingFate sings about how they'll be together soon]].
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: It's Julie Taymor in top form. What else would you expect?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Max being shot up with morphine at the end of the Happiness is a Warm Gun sequence manages to be this for both drugs ''and'' sex at the same time.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* ElevenOClockNumber: "Hey Jude".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: With the song "A Little Help from My Friends"
-->'''College buddies:''' Would you believe in a love at first sight?
-->'''Jude:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time.
** ...and then he sees Lucy.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Jude
** TheLancer: Max
** TheSmartGuy: Lucy
** TheBigGuy: Jojo
** TheChick: Prudence
** TeamMom: Sadie
* {{Gayngst}}: Prudence spends a while of time angsting about not being able to be with her crush of the moment. It doesn't help that she has a habit of falling for straight women who are already in relationships.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Sadie, particularly during "Helter Skelter," with the scene switching from the performance to Max fighting in Vietnam. It's easy to get chills when her fiery red hair fades into explosions from the battle.
* GospelRevivalNumber: The Gospel cover of "Let It Be" is one of the best covers in the film.
* GriefSong: "Girl". See TheCoverChangesTheMeaning above.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Lucy.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Max and Jude.
* HospitalHottie: The Bang, Bang, Shoot, Shoot Nurse played by Salma Hayek.
* IncomingHam: Bono gets an entire monologue that seems to be made up of this, including the beginning of ''[[MushroomSamba I Am The Walrus]]''.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Prudence falls for both the cheerleader chick and Sadie during the course of the film. Both are straight, ''and'' seeing someone else. The unrequited nature of her love for Sadie causes her to suffer a HeroicBSOD until her friends sing to her about how beautiful she is and help (literally) coax her out of the closet.
* IntersceneDiegetic: Par for the course, being a musical. "All My Loving", "It Won't Be Long", "A Day in the Life", the list goes on.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Max is introduced as a Princeton student.
* JukeboxMusical
* JumpScare: When Lucy is nearly shot.
* LaResistance: Lucy joins a group of anti-war activists following Max's conscription. [[spoiler: TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized.]]
* LargeHam: ''Bono'' as Doctor Robert.
-->"TIME...is not on our hands, people. Time is slippin' through 'em. We got to transcend the bullshit...and FAST!"
** Never knock the way another cat swings.
** EddieIzzard as Mr. Kite too, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxgFfCSGX7Y with the outtakes being a great example]].
* MatchCut: During "Strawberry Fields Forever," between the strawberries Jude is painting and throwing, and the bombs the US Army is dropping.
** Also during "Helter Skelter", which matches Sadie's wild red hair with explosions from a Vietnam battle.
* MushroomSamba: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite," and "I Am The Walrus" are perfect examples of why you should never watch this movie on acid.
* NippleAndDimed: Naked symbolic... art people?
* MeaningfulFuneral: Jojo's brother is killed in the Detroit Riots (set to "Let it Be").
* MeaningfulName: Every character with a name had it derived from a Beatles song.
* RooftopConcert: The film ends with one of these after all of the characters [[spoiler: (minus Lucy)]] reunite. [[spoiler: She shows up for a meaningful eyelock with Jude at the very end though.]]
* SayMyName
* ShoutOut: All over the place.
** Every single one of the main character's names are from a Beatles song.
** Jude, naturally, is a Liverpudlian with a thick Scouse accent.
** Sadie and [=JoJo=] are very obviously [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed fictitious counterparts]] to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
** Prudence coming in through the bathroom window.
** When Jude first sees Prudence: "Hello, Hello"
** Maxwell could have killed his granny with a hammer.
** Mr. Kite is accompanied by the [[WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine "Blue People"]].
** The apple Jude tries to draw is basically the Apple Records logo.
** [[Music/GreenDay The hand in the Strawberry Fields Forever sequence holding the strawberry grenade]]
** The tour bus, the one that looks kinda [[Film/MagicalMysteryTour magical and mysterious]].
** The impromptu concert on the roof at the end of the film.
** An old man at the shipyard tells Jude he thought he'd never be working there "when I'm 64."
* TheSixties
* SpiritualSequel: To the movie version of ''{{Hair}}''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: A few critics referred to this film as "''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' done right."
* SpoiledSweet: Max and Lucy grew up wealthy and privileged, but this doesn't figure much into their interactions with the rest of the cast, whom they care about deeply.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Max's attempt to get rejected by the army proves to be unsuccessful.
-->'''Recruiter''': ''"Any reason why you shouldn't be in this man's army, son?"''
-->'''Max''': "''I'm a cross-dressing homosexual pacifist with a spot on my arm?"
-->'''Recruiter''': ''"As long as you don't have flat-feet."''
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: Prudence's first song.
* SurvivalMantra: The reprise of ''Revolution''.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Twice. The second time, it's a fairly typical use: Jude asks "Is that Sadie?" (on the radio) and the radio announcer says "You got that right." The ''first'' time, it's played [[BreakingTheFourthWall on the audience]]: Eddie Izzard {{Malaproper}}s "somersaults" as "Somersets", pauses for the audience to react, and comments "Whatever they are."
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: It's a JukeboxMusical, after all.
* TitleDrop: Done twice, once in the song the movie gets its title from, and once by Mr. Kite
-->"And tonight Mr. Kite is TOPPING THE BILL BABY! ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!"
* UncannyValley: Deliberately invoked by the soldiers in the "I Want You" sequence.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Naturally.
* WaxingLyrical: There are multiple examples, all with Beatles songs, of course.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: "Come Together" for Jojo. Of course, Jojo was from Detroit, so he reacts to his new surroundings with mild interest rather than wide-eyed wonder or nervousness.
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