Film / Crazy People

Kathy Burgess: Who here wants to be an ad man?
(several people raise their hands)
Emory Leeson: Who here wants to be a fire engine?
(everyone raises their hands enthusiastically)

Crazy People is a 1990 comedy directed by Tony Bill, starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah.

It's the story of Emory (Moore), an ad-agency copywriter who's had enough. He flips and writes a few honest ads, which lands him in a mental institute. Unfortunately, due to a mistake, the honest ads are published, and even less fortunately, all the ads are a smash hit. Now Emory has to create more honest ads. And the only people who can help him are his fellow patients. Hilarity Ensues.

Crazy Tropes:

  • Accidental Public Confession: Nowadays its a bit cringeworthy.
  • The Alleged Car: Saab. Every other car is in mint condition; the 1976 GLE has rust and oddly painted parts. And by far that's the most loved car.
  • Bedlam House: Inverted. The place is nice, the personnel helpful, and even the evil director is not really effective.
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 4 out of 5 pharmacists recommend it.
  • Precision F-Strike: A beautiful one about a famous newspaper and words which are not supposed to be there.
  • Sex for Product:
    • Used blatantly in Emory's car ads. "Jaguar. Sleek and smart. For people who'd like handjobs from beautiful women they hardly know."
    • Inverted in the Volvo ad, which says "Be safe instead of sexy".