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.