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YMMV: Ever After

Ever After (1998 film)

  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Henry's interrupted wedding to Princess Gabriela, who can't do anything by sob and plead in her mother tongue is half this, half Crosses the Line Twice. It's even better when Henry calls off the wedding and lets Gabriela go to the guy she loves (one of the courtiers)... and then the Spanish Royal couple start bitching at each other... and in Spanish too.
    • This really snarky piece of dialogue between the King, Rodmilla and Jacqueline when Rodmilla and Marguerite are called upon the Royal Couple's presence and unmasked as Danielle's abusers
    The King: "Good Lord! Do they always behave like this?"
    Jacqueline: "Worse, Your Majesty!"
    Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent: "Jacqueline, darling, I should hate to think you had anything to do with this."
    Jacqueline: [sarcastically] "Of course not, Mother. I'm only here for the food."
  • Crazy Awesome: Leonardo da Vinci. Everything he says or does is awesome.
    Leonardo da Vinci: "I shall go down in history as the man who opened a door!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: After Danielle punches Marguerite for insulting her dead mother, Marguerite steals Danielle's copy of "Utopia" the last thing her father gave her before he died. She gives Danielle a choice, the book gets burned, or Marguerite gets the shoes that belonged to her dead mother, the only memento Danielle has of her. After some thought, she silently hands the shoes over to her. That alone would be pretty rotten, but Marguerite crosses the Moral Event Horizon when she intentionally burns the book anyway just out of spite at Danielle's punching her. Then the step-mother crosses it when she holds a tearful Danielle and forces her to watch the book burn after she tried to save it. After that scene, there was no way either of these characters could gain any sympathy in the eyes of the audience Danielle is still whipped afterwards.
  • Special Effects Failure: Da Vinci's "walking on water" scene isn't exactly convincing — it's obvious he's walking on something solid that's just below the water.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Danielle's father's death scene.
    • Maurice's reunion with his wife early in the movie
    • Danielle's book gets burned. The look of absolute anguish on Danielle's face as she has to choose between the shoes (her one gift from her mother, and the only way she can remember her) or her copy of Utopia (her one gift from her father, and the only way she can remember him), and then how broken she looks as she gives up the shoes; only to see Marguerite throw the book into the fire anyway. Barrymore/Danielle gives a heartbreaking scream as she reaches for the book, and then just as the audience feels a Hope Spot, the Baronness restrains Danielle and forces her to watch it burn.
    • The incident at the Masque
      "DO NOT address me so informal, Madame!"
      • This scene hits it's lowest note when he belittles her even more.
        "And you...are just like THEM [the scheming courtiers]."

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