A fake movie from the television series How I Met Your Mother
where the full trailer was released online
. The movie describes Ted's failed relationship with Stella from the skewed point of view of her ex-boyfriend, now husband, Tony. Not only does Ted go to see this movie a few times within an episode of the show, he also at one point recites something similar to the final scene of the movie to his date while in the movie theatre.
The movie managed to have 2 sequels, as seen in the 17th episode of the 7th season.
This "movie" has examples of:
- The Ace: "Tony" in the movie.
- Adaptational Wimp: How Ted was portrayed. Played for Laughs in universe.
- Amusing Injuries: Every injury Jed suffers. Tony and Stella even laugh at the last one.
- Author Avatar: "Tony," taken to Marty Stu levels.
- Big Bad: Jed
- Card-Carrying Villain: Jed Mosely.
"I'm the most powerful and corrupt architect in New York City!"
- Catch Phrase: No-can-do's ville baby doll!
- Department of Redundancy Department: Do brides do something besides going to weddings?
- "You've become so focused on being a wedding bride, you forgot what follows after: a marriage wife."
- Disposable FiancÚ: Jed Mosely. Deconstructed in the show itself, as mentioned below.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Tony "fights" for Stella.
- The show itself Deconstructs the idea of the Good!End by showing how a "Left at the Altar Situation" affects the one who was dumped.
- Evil Is Hammy: Chris Kattan as Jed Mosley. Contrast with Malin Akerman and Jason Lewis.
- Evil Laugh: Jed does this after telling Tony he'll take Tony to the wedding just to make poor Tony suffer.
- For the Evulz: Everything Jed does.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Stella complains to Tony about what a lousey lover Jed is. "One time, he even fell asleep in the middle of it."
- Groin Attack: Twice. Jed spills coffee on his crotch and at the end gets kicked there by Tony's student after Stella leaves him at the altar.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Tony. Arguably, Stella as well.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Ted becomes is a Smug Snake Big Bad in the film.
- Honor Before Reason: No! Remember the code!
- Humiliation Conga: Jed goes through one at the end.
- Informed Ability: How great and popular the movie supposedly is. Then again, we are seeing it from Ted's point of view.
- Jerk Ass: Jed Mosely. Totally not Ted Mosby.
- Kick the Dog: Jed Mosely does nothing but this.
- Man Child: Jed Mosely.
No! You can't do this on my wedding! DAAAAAAAAAAAADDDYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
- Pet the Dog: Tony works with underprivileged children for free. Stella does volunteer work for the deaf and blind.
- Movie Within A Show
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie
- Ron the Death Eater: The movie is an In-Universe example.
- Shipper on Deck: Billy. "Go after her, Master Tony!" And, well, everybody at the wedding except Jed and (maybe) his daddy.
- Shout-Out: Yep, that's the "Portuguese Love Theme" and "Prime Minister's Love Theme" from Love Actually that keep playing. Go Ted, "get the shit kicked out of [you] by love".
- Smug Snake: Jed
- Stay in the Kitchen: What Jed plans to do to Stella after marrying her. "I can't wait to make her give up her career."
- Stylistic Suck: Not that this stops it from becoming hugely popular in-universe, to the point where one is forced to conclude that Ted is the only character with any taste at all.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Here are some blurbs from (unnamed) critics:
"Not...formulaic...in ANY way"
"THANK GOD this isn't based on a TRUE STORY because man, Chris Kattan's character JED MOSELY is SUCH a DOUCHEBAG"
- Take That: The entire film is a big, fat Take That at poor
- Took The Bad Film Seriously: Invoked. Malin Akerman and Jason Lewis play their roles (with all the intentioanlly cliched, bad dialogue) with complete seriousness and conviction.
- Trope Overdosed: It's a Movie Within A Show that only had a trailer made, and it has its own page!
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story
- The Woobie: "Stella" in the movie.
- 0% Approval Rating: At the wedding, everybody (even the priest) urges Stella to dump Jed for Tony.