main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Film: The Lookout

"I have the money, I have the power!"

The Lookout (2007) is a crime drama about a brain-damaged man trying to lead a normal life and getting caught up in a heist of the bank at which he's the night janitor.

The film contains examples of:

  • Bank Teller: Mr Tuttle, and Chris wants to be one.
  • Bank Robbery
  • Big Fancy House: Chris's parents' house is huge and denotes their sizable wealth.
  • Blind Seer: Jeff Daniels' character, Lewis, is probably the smartest character in the movie and has seemed to have learned a lot from becoming blind after a meth accident.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The card in Chris's wallet that explains his condition allows him to get away from a cop pulling him over while Chris has the money from the robbery in his trunk.
    • Also the literal shotgun from his parents' house.
    • "Just start at the end and work backwards."
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Chris used to go hunting with his family.
  • Covers Always Lie: The DVD case promises "a twist you can't believe". The movie itself is fairly straightforward. Why this was added is anyone's guess... probably trying to cash in on the similarities between the main characters of this film and Memento.
  • Crapsack World: To try to convince Chris to join him, Spargo points out how much of Chris's life is this trope now— His rich family have given up on him. He cannot get a good job. His boss treats him like crap. He cannot get a girlfriend. Although the ending showed that it wasn't as Spargo tried to paint it for Chris.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ted, AKA Officer Donut, seems like a goofy, gullible comic relief character. When he realizes the bank is being robbed, he manages to shoots three of the robbers and kill two of them, despite being outgunned four to one.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: That kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun is all grown up.
  • Honey Trap: Luvlee
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Trading Lewis for the money at the end.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Chris using his gun he had hidden in the bag.
  • Key Under the Doormat: Actually it's in his shoe, but close enough.
  • Memory Gambit: Chris may or may not have forgotten where he hid the money.
  • Name's the Same: Chris Pratt, and... well, Chris Pratt.
  • Note to Self: Chris takes his little notebook everywhere with him.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Well, sort of invoked. Because while Spargo and gang were correct about Chris being brain damaged, they were wrong to think that he was unable or unwilling to fight back because of it. Chris may or may not be using this to his advantage.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. Even though Spargo comments that the bullet he took from the robbery 'went right through', his health gets progressively worse until the climax.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Before the events of the movie, Chris was this, driving with the lights off in a unlit highway.
  • Sliding Scale of Law Enforcement: The sheriff's deputy is on the very positive end of this scale, delivering donuts to Chris and being a badass when the situation turns grim.
  • Title Drop: "That's the most important job of all.. you're the lookout"

AnamorphMysteryFiction/FilmThe Number 23
The Living WakeFilms of 2005 - 2009 Love and Honor

alternative title(s): The Lookout
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy