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[[caption-width-right:296:[[OverlyNarrowSuperlative The classic boy-travels-world-to-find-less-neglectful-parents film]].]]

->''"I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."''
-->--'''Creator/RogerEbert''' telling you everything you need to know about this turkey.

''North'' is a 1994 film directed by Creator/RobReiner. The story is based on the novel ''North'' by Alan Zweibel, who also wrote the screenplay and has a minor role in the film.

An 11-year-old boy named North (Creator/ElijahWood) tires of his parents (Creator/JasonAlexander and [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis Dreyfus]]), [[ParentalAbandonment who never pay any attention to him]] even though he's a model student, athlete, and even actor. He legally emancipates himself from them, and [[WalkingTheEarth wanders around the world seeking a new family]] with a deadline of Labor Day; if he doesn't find a new family by then, he will be placed in an orphanage. Along the way, he encounters parents that are [[CaptainEthnic Texan, Alaskan, Hawaiian, Amish, etc]], and tries to blend in with each group of parents (well, not the Amish). He finally decides that his own parents are the best with the help of a guardian angel (Creator/BruceWillis) who uses [[PaperThinDisguise several guises throughout the film]]. However a conniving kid friend of his, Winchell, used the publicity North's escapades garnered to rally kids everywhere to make their parents more subservient to them. Knowing that North reconciling with his parents would undermine this, he plots to have him killed.

''North'' was a massive bomb at the box office and is widely regarded as one of the worst films of all time, having been the subject of many negative reviews, none more so than in a famously scathing review delivered by film critic Creator/RogerEbert. The film proved a major setback for then-renowned director Rob Reiner, who until then had been a rising star in Hollywood.

Not related to the film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Norte_%28film%29 El Norte]]''. This film was also Creator/ScarlettJohansson's film debut. [[SarcasmMode Such humble beginnings]].
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* [[spoiler:AllJustADream]]
** [[spoiler:OrWasItADream]]
* AmbulanceChaser: Arthur Belt (played by Jon Lovitz), who is literally seen chasing an ambulance until he comes across North. Apparently, he just uses it to beat the traffic.
* ArtisticLicense: The various cultures depicted. [[spoiler: When an 11 year old dreams the whole thing inaccuracies are to be expected.]]
* {{Beachcombing}}: Seen in Hawaii.
* BigEater: The Tex family.
-->'''Pa Tex:''' Well I reckon we'll wake up early and eat, then we'll dig for oil and eat, then we'll rope some doggies, bust a few broncs and maybe get a bite to eat.
* BlackComedy: Certainly dips into it a lot at the very least.
* BrokenAesop: The film's message is ostensibly about the value of family and accepting one's parents. It does nothing to convince the audience that North had any logic in going back to them.
* CrapsackWorld: Everyone in the movie aside from North, his mentor figure, and the [[UnfortunateImplications whitebread family he's with]] are boorish, insensitive, loud, selfish, ethnocentric, and incapable of showing sincerity. And arguably, none of them are really that much better.
* CriticalResearchFailure: Just about every depiction of every ethnicity. [[spoiler: Justified because [[InvokedTrope it's all in North's imagination]] and that's all he knows.]]
* DescriptionCut: When it became official that North will divorce his parents, a pair of parents discuss it with their son:
-->'''Dad:''' Come on, Andy, his folks are gonna fight it!\\
'''Mom:''' Of course they are. They're not going to take this lying down.\\
(Cut to next shot where North's parents reading the article and faint.)
* {{Eagleland}}: Played straight and inverted. Foreigners and Americans who don't exactly fit Type 1 are shoehorned into Type 2.
* EnfantTerrible: Winchell.
* FanDisservice: North's crack... that is all.
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: InUniverse -- there's nothing on TV in France but JerryLewis movies.
* HollywoodAtlas: Most of the segments are horrific pastiches of cultural stereotypes[[note]]which makes sense if you consider it's AllJustADream an 11 year old boy is having[[/note]], including:
** EskimoLand: The "old people who are no longer of use voluntarily drift out to sea" has been turned into an industrial line.
** EverythingIsBigInTexas: To the point that the prospective parents here intend to fatten North up because they pride themselves on having the biggest of everything. And apparently dress like Elvis in his latter days playing Joe Buck in a production of ''MidnightCowboy'' on Ice.
** GayParee: JerryLewis on all the channels, all the time.
** {{Hula and Luaus}}: Needs tourists, and is willing to sink to any advertisement depths to get them.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** When describing the Miami heat (the weather, not the team), Bruce Willis says, "Your balls stick to your leg like crazy glue!"
** [[SarcasmMode The lovely sight]] of Creator/ElijahWood's pale butt. [[InsistentTerminology Oh sorry]], his "crack".
** Ho is the surname of Hawaii's governor and his wife. Plus, there's only one barren spot in the entire state: Mrs. Ho.
* InformedAbility: It is stated that North is a prodigy as well as pretty much the perfect child to where other parents use him as a reference (i.e., North keeps his room clean). However, all of these are stated by [[UnreliableNarrator North himself]]. Also since he seems to fully believe in all of these racial stereotypes, he is obviously not as smart as stated.
* InnocentBigot: North seems to be one of these [[spoiler:since his dream is full of broad cultural stereotypes that he appears to take quite seriously]]. It's not clear if he was meant to come across that way, however.
* InsistentTerminology: North's "crack".
* KarmaHoudini: Winchell would've been one [[spoiler:[[AllJustADream if the whole thing had actually happened]].]]
* LargeHam: TheJudge.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: "A bird in the hand is always greener than the grass in the other guy's bushes."
* MoodWhiplash: The assassination plot in the final third is awfully dark for a light fantasy.
* ProductPlacement: A particularly egregious plug for Federal Express.
* PropheticNames: The evil journalist kid is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Winchell Winchell]].
* {{Pun}}: "Your Honor, the defense rests."[[note]]referring to North's comatose parents in court[[/note]]
* RefugeInAudacity: ''Big Time!''
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The basic summarization of North's reaction to learning the Amish family was one of his stops.
* ShootTheMoney: Creator/DanAykroyd and RebaMcEntire appear as the [[EverythingIsBigInTexas stereotypical Texan family]], and sing the film's only song, a parody of ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', despite not being a musical (and despite ''Bonanza'' actually being set in '''Nevada''').
* SmallNameBigEgo: North, who seems to believe all the parents around him use him as an example of being the perfect son. And [[spoiler:through his dream,]] he seems to believe that he would be emperor of China, people would want to visit Hawaii just because he lives there, and his friend would become rich and powerful just because of the story about him.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The Texan parents sing a parody of the ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' theme song to North.
* UnreliableNarrator: All of the background on how smart and popular North is comes from North himself, and includes things he was not present for and could not possibly know. Creator/BruceWillis has a voice-over narration, but his character only gets info from talking to North as well.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Subverted in the last act, when North realizes his parents were all right after all, even though they don't heap ridiculous praise on him like other parents.
* WorldOfPun: A literal example.
* WorldTour: North travels the world looking for new parents, and the ones he finds are giant stereotypes.
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