Film / You Again

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You Again, 2010 comedy and romance directed by Andy Fickman and staring Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman (she hadn't changed her last name to Annable then), Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White, and Victor Garber.

When former high school loser Marni Olsen realizes her brother is about to marry her high school rival Joanna, she sets out to expose the fiancée's true colours. Things get out of hand when it turns out that her mom Gail and the bride's aunt Ramona are in a similar situation.

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This work contains the following tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: Joanna formerly.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Will is very protective of Marni, and even offers himself to solve all of her issues if she just give him the names of the girls ho bully her. He also breaks off his engagement to Joanna as soon as he sees how she treated Marni in high school.
  • Book Ends: Gail and Ramona's friendship was ruined and years later rebuild in a pool.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Simultaneously, both sides are wrong. Joanna shouldn't have just assumed that, if they would ignore what happened in high school, things would be okay and they could start again, not that Marni's decision to publicly shame her for the person she was in high school instead of attempting to look for a way to solve the issue with discretion and dignity was any better.
  • The Bride with a Past: Marni realizes her brother is about to marry the Alpha Bitch who made her life miserable in high school.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. When Joanna first meets Marni as Marni's future sister-in-law, she seemingly doesn't recognize or remember Marni in the slightest. Later when Marni confronts her in private, Joanna shows that she remembers perfectly and is unrepentant, dismissive and condescending. Later, after Marni blows up the wedding rehearsal by exposing Joanna's lies, Joanna admits to Marni that she really is sorry and only invoked the trope because she was terrified of the fact that she was marrying the brother of her former victim.
  • The Cameo: Dwayne Johnson, uncredited, as the Air Marshal on Marni's plane; and Cloris Leachman (also uncredited) as Helen. And, of course, Hall And Oates perform at the end.
  • The Cheerleader: Joanna and Gail were this in high school. At the end, so were Bunny and Helen.
  • Cool Uncle: Ramona to Joanna. At one point, Ramona confesses that Joanna is the only thing resembling a family she has.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: If Joanna had just apologized to Marni for being the horrible person she admits she was, they really could have started over like she said she wanted. The blame for the mess is not one sided however. Marni could have just as easily confronted Joanna in private rather than the Roaring Rampage of Revenge and gotten the apology she wanted in a quiet and dignified manner
  • Cringe Comedy: Try to watch the scene where Tim gives a speech at the wedding recital without cringing. I dare you.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene in the kitchen after the wedding is ruined, until revealed to be otherwise, is shot to make the audience feel like the ex-bride-to-be is about to commit suicide after the wedding is ruined.
  • Establishing Character Moment: After a lengthy flashback of her Extreme Doormat past, we see Marni's developed (over)defensive streak in the present rather quickly, angrily snapping at two individuals who try to browbeat her quiet in a plane.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: An Aesop called "The Cat and Venus". A cat (Joanna) prayed to Venus (Marni) to change her into a woman (pretend their past never happened) so she could be with a man (Will). Venus initially allows the cat her wish, but suspects the cat hasn't really changed all that much. She sends a mouse (drops hints about Joanna's past) to test the cat, and the cat-turned-woman chases it (sings "We are the Champions"). Venus is offended to see that the cat hasn't truly changed. And so, she changes the woman back into a cat before the man's eyes (Sabotages the reception, via Tim's speech, Time capsule video.)
  • Foreshadowing: A meta example. In the poster, Bunny is shown among the other still vengeful women over high school issues, the end shows that she herself still has beef with a former classmate and cheerleader Helen.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Marci Oliva Olsen. M.O.O.
  • Generation Xerox: Played with. Marni was a dork in school and Joanna was the Alpha Bitch. While the same situation applies to Gail and Ramona, it was Gail who was the popular one and Ramona always left in the dust. For Grandma Bunny, see Here We Go Again.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ramona. Most of her actions spark from jealousy towards Gail. Gail got everything Ramona ever wanted easily by being the most popular girl in high school. This sparked again when, after meeting her again, Ramona realizes that Gail has a successful marriage and a family, something she could never have.
  • Here We Go Again: Grandma Bunny turns out to be an old rival of Joanna's grandma Helen.
  • Never My Fault: Joanna causes issues from this tendency:
    • One of Joanna's cruelest acts of bullying in the past was pushing Marni into her brother during a fateful throw in a basketball match, and then chewing her out for ruining the game. Overlaps with No Sympathy, since it's implied everyone else blamed Marni as well despite the obvious.
    • In the present, despite her adamance to prove she has changed for the better, she stubbornly brushes off attempts to accept and apologise for her wrong doings towards Marni, which she later reasons was because she thought it would be better to just ignore and start over.
  • Reformed Bully: Played with. Joanna is not a bully any longer, she has no intention os mistreating Marni as they meet again and do intend to start over their relationships, however, she does this by pretending to not know who she is and brushing off or flat-out ignoring their awful relation in high school.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Joanna, though she re-Took a Level in Jerkass partway through the movie.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Joanna admits to Marni that, at least partially, the love she receives from the family seems to come from the fact that they miss Marni.
  • Review Ironic Echo: Roger Ebert couldn't resist beginning his review, "Oh no, not You Again."
  • Rule of Pool: The conflict between Gail and Ramona started when the latter pushed the former to a pool during prom. They reconstructed their friendship after falling to the pool after their catfight.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Subverted, Marni was entirely too messed up for what Joanna put her through, to such a level that she moved away from the city as soon as she got the chance. When they finally confront each other, Marni states that Joanna can't just brush off her actions just because it happened in high school, since it had lasting damage on Marni's mentality and self-image.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: The main premise.

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