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->''"Everybody makes their own fun. If you don't make it yourself, it isn't fun. It's entertainment."''
-->-- '''Ann Black'''

A rare Creator/DavidMamet RomanticComedy, wrapped up in a meta movie about the HorribleHollywood filmmakers who descend on a hapless town in New England and wreak havoc.
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!!This Film Contains Examples of:
* AmoralAttorney: Marty
* CreditsGag: Several:
--> Only 2 animals were harmed during the filming of this motion picture.
--> A complete list of this film's associate producers is available upon written request.
--> Actually, American Humane Association was on set to monitor the animal action... no animal was harmed in the making of this film.
--> During the closing credits, after the end of the song, "The Song of the Old Mill", a fictional interviewer speaks to Howie Gold (played by Jonathan Katz) about the song. Gold says the song can no longer be called "The Song of the Old Mill", since the movie's title has been changed from ''The Old Mill'' to ''The Fires of Home''.
--> At the very end of the closing credits, immediately following a brief jazzy instrumental, a voice (Creator/DavidMamet) says, "Once more, and can you try to play the notes this time."
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon:
--> '''Marty:''' Either she follows her contract, or I'm gonna rip out your heart and piss on your lungs through the hole in your chest. ... And my best to Marion.
* DrunkDriver: Bob Barrenger
* TheEndingChangesEverything: Joe White perjures himself in court and instantly regrets it. It turns out that the whole court scene was just a play designed by Ann to give him a chance to rethink his choice before the real court case begins.
* Ephebophile: Bob Barrenger
* GreekChorus: The two farmers who wander the streets giving meta commentary.
* HollywoodNuns
* HorribleHollywood: The plot description.
* IntercourseWithYou: The closing credits AwardBaitSong, performed by Patti [=LuPone=], includes the line, "The life was a sweet, old-fashioned dream and the memory lingers yet. / And I think of our hour by the old mill stream and I find that I'm still wet..."
* KarmaHoudini: Bob Barrenger, again
* MametSpeak: A lot of it, and yet surprisingly light on his signature {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* MatzoFever: Claire confesses this to Joe when she finds a box of matzo crackers in his room:
-->'''Claire:''' I love Jewish men.
-->'''Joe:''' Uh, why?
-->'''Claire:''' ''You know.''
* MeetCute: Bookseller Ann meets Joe, the film's writer, when he comes to her shop to buy a typewriter and she recognizes a play that he wrote. Shortly afterward, she unceremoniously dumps her local politician fiance.
* NoodleIncident: Several.
** A number of buildings were destroyed or damaged in "a spate of suspicious fires" in 1960. Hints that a disturbed teenager and arson were involved, but no details. Also, the fires were somehow the inspiration for the formation of the Waterford Huskies.
** At the train station, the writer notices that the Waterford Huskies have won the championship every year except for 1975 and there is a blank space for that year. A station worker walks up close to Joe to explain like it's some dark secret, but is interrupted by Walt's arrival before he gets a word out. The tie-in website [[http://www.bazoomer.com Bazoomer.com]] teases an answer, promising the whole story if you follow a link. The link leads to a blank white page.
** The film crew has apparently been kicked out of New Hampshire (the entire state). No one is willing to talk (at least onscreen) about what happened there, though it's a good guess that it had something to do with Bob's taste in women.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: At first Joe goes to some length to keep Ann from finding out that a nude Claire is in his room (against his will), thinking that the trope will play out. Then when she suddenly walks back in and catches Claire, Joe immediately explains what's going on, and Ann believes him.
-->'''Joe:''' Wait, you believe that?
-->'''Ann:''' I do if you do.
-->'''Joe:''' But it's insane!
-->'''Ann:''' So's our electoral system but we still vote.
* ProductPlacement: The [[ShowWithinAShow film within the film]] is an 1870s OscarBait historical drama, yet the website [[http://www.bazoomer.com Bazoomer.com]] goes to great lengths to try to get product placement. In the end, they do.
* RightBehindMe: Walt's assistant is confused by Claire's sudden refusal to do a nude scene, as she's done so many before that "The whole country can draw her tits from memory." Then he realizes Claire is behind him, and worse, Walt had just talked her into doing the scene before she heard that.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Discussed. The screenwriter finally figures out how to preserve his critically important nudity scene with an actress who refuses to get naked.
* WomanScorned: Carla
* WrittenInInfirmity: Bob Barrenger, the star of the film-within-a-film, slices up his forehead in a car crash. It's worked in quite naturally as his character starts the film having returned from putting out a large fire.
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