Film / Delirious

Delirious is a 1991 comedy film about Jack Gable (John Candy), a Soap Opera writer who gets trapped in his own TV show.

Delirious provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of afternoon soap operas and the odd plot turns they have.
  • All Just a Dream: Jack gets hit on the chin, getting a concussion, and then find himself "transported" to Ashford Falls.
  • Blind Driving: Jack does this at one point and survives, thanks to the typewriter.
  • Brick Joke: The fate of the actress behind Rachel Hedison. She ends up hosting a local game show... in Cleveland.
  • The Bus Came Back: Jack Gates comes back from Cleveland and shoots Gable.
  • Call Back: Jack Gable uses his frustration of waiting on the cable repair guy to sidetrack Carter Hedison.
  • Character Derailment: In-Universe, Jack calls on how Janet suddenly Took a Level in Jerkass because she is to become a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for a character who's actor is about to be fired.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Of standard soap opera plots, characters and the business behind them.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": What Jack does when he discovers what the typewriter can do.
  • Literal Genie: Jack gets drunk, makes some typos, and the events reflect those.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain
    "Nobody does this to Jack Gates!"
    "Yeah, yeah. Shouldn't you be in a mini-series someplace?"
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: One of the extras does this, after Gable writes in a blackout.
    Elderly Man: "The elderly man exits."
    Jack Gable "Now I've got them speaking stage dialogue!"
  • Place Worse Than Death: Cleveland. Jack Gates gets sent there by Gable; when he returns, Gates says that alone is reason enough to kill Gable.
  • Rich Bitch: Rachel Hedison, and her actress to a lesser extent.
  • Stunt Casting: Raymond Burr as the head of the Hedison family. Also in-universe as the Sherwood hired Robert Wagner to play Jack Gates during sweeps week.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: At one point, Jack writes himself jumping through a window (which magically appears) to save Janet.