Crosses the Line Twice
is where something offensive
is taken so far that it becomes funny again. It's a function of the story and medium. It's also an audience reaction because any given person's definition of the "line" differs.
Refuge in Audacity
is when a character does something that's so absurdly stupid, over-the-top, or unrealistic that it bypasses common sense and works anyway. It's an in-story trope, done by the characters for in-story effect.
Now, I can see why you're confused - the same Ebert quote is at the top of both pages, and Refuge in Audacity
seems to have Dissociative Identity Disorder in its description, veering back and forth between being a carbon copy of CTLT and its own trope. It needs serious fixing.
edited 25th Mar '11 11:49:16 AM by Fighteer