A 2009 film starring Woody Harrelson
and Kat Dennings
. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a costumed superhero
, to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but was largely a drama
This film contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Kat's father used to beat her up.
- And Starring: With Sandra Oh and Kat Dennings. Also has Special Appearance by Lisa Ray.
- Apathetic Citizens - Everybody except Arthur. Apathy is a theme in the film, and even during crazy and dangerous situations, the characters, including cops and criminals, seem relatively unfazed.
- Arch-Enemy: "Captain Industry" for Defendor.
- Batter Up: Defendor's Weapon of Choice.
- Bee Bee Gun - Wasp Wasp Jar.
- Bittersweet Ending: Defendor dies, but the cartel he was pursuing is captured and brought to justice. Also, Kat finally starts getting her life on track.
- Black Dude Dies First - The one well-dressed henchman who was actually an undercover cop.
- Cheap Costume - Complete with a D-insignia made out of Duct Tape.
- Civvie Spandex: Defendor's costume is entirely made of black sweatshirts and pants, while the highlights, including the D Chest Insignia, are made from masking tapes.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - The elusive "Captain Industry".
- The Danza: Subverted. Kat Dennings plays Kat Debrofkowitz, but Kat Dennings is Katherine Litwack, while the character's name is Katerina.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As Defendor, Arthur is clad primarily in black but is unquestionably The Hero of the story.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Defendor dies in kat's arms.
- Dirty Cop: Dooney.
- Does Not Like Guns: Because The Hero believes that guns are for cowards.
- Duct Tape for Everything - Defendor's costume involves quite a bit of it.◊
- Groin Attack - Dooney, with a gun.
- Hairof Gold Heart Of Gold: Arthur. Also Paul's wife and son.
- The Hero Dies
- Heroic Bastard: It's implied that Arthur is this.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold - Arthur believes this of Kat, however much she tries to prove him wrong.
- How We Got Here - Most of the story is presented this way, with Arthur retelling his efforts to a psychiatrist.
- Immune to Bullets - Subverted and then sadly, averted.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Arthur and Paul's son, Jack.
- Mood Whiplash - And how.
- Nice Guy: Paul and his family.
- No Mere Windmill: The protagonist appears to be a lunatic going up against an imaginary supervillain called "Captain Industry". Defendor may or may not actually believe this, but in either case the "Captains of Industry" is actually a metaphor for the very real threat of druglords - the very villains that Defendor has been fighting all along.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Defendor's bees to some extent.
- Parental Abandonment: Arthur's Missing Mom died from overdose while it isn't mentioned what exactly happened to his Disappeared Dad.
- Protagonist Title
- Reasonable Authority Figure - Captain Fairbanks, Dr. Park.
- Scary Black Man
- Super Zeroes
- The Dulcinea Effect - Essentially justified, given the way Arthur's mind works.
- The Mafiya
- To Be Lawful or Good - Or both.
- Trailers Always Lie - The trailers make it seem as if the movie is a super-hero comedy, when it's actually a drama.
- Vigilante Man: Averted. Defendor may try to beat up the bad guys and throw jars of wasps at them, he never actually tries to kill anyone.
- Windmill Crusader: Played with, and maybe averted.
- You Killed My Mother: Part of Defendor's motivation, though it's probably just a delusion. When he mentions his mother's name to the main antagonist, he actually does backtrack and gives it some thought, though he's quickly defeated before he can answer, so it's possible he did actually kill her.