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Playing With: "Join the Army," They Said
Basic Trope: The Movie has strong messages about Joining the Army
  • Straight: The movie War Dogs tells people to join the army.
  • Exaggerated: The movie War Dogs has overglorifies army life.
  • Downplayed: The movie War Dogs makes the Army look all right, if you like that sort of thing.
  • Justified: It was sponsored by the pentagon for this explicit purpose.
  • Inverted: The movie War Dogs is an anti-war movie.
  • Subverted: The movie War Dogs starts with an idealistic character joining the Army, getting strong and fit in boot camp, making lots of friends, and shipping out to an exotic location. The exotic location gets blown to shreds and so do his friends, and he's left a shattered wreck of a man.
  • Double Subverted: But then he recovers and uses the skills he learned in the Army to become a badass and rescue his wife from danger, which leaves him looking like a role model.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: War Dogs doesn't really have a message, either positive or negative, about joining the army.
  • Enforced: War Dogs is a propaganda film.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The writer and director think joining the Army is a Senseless Sacrifice, so all the soldiers in War Dogs die, commit evil acts, or both, suffering all the while, to show that War Is Hell.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Is this another 'Join the Army! It'll make you a MAN!' type movie? They get pretty tedious."
  • Implied: The army is painted in a more positive light than usual in War Dogs, suggesting that it's not a bad place to have a job.
  • Deconstructed: Someone joins the army, expecting it to be all roses and sunshine, and he or she isn't prepared for not only the grueling hardships and the physical and psychological trials and tribulations of war, but also those faced during boot camp and training.

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