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Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an acclaimed American filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska.


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%% * CreatorThumbprint: Existential crises and satirical depictions of American society.


* AuteurLicense: Gained it after ''Election'', to the point where he has final cut on every film he makes.
* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest. With the exceptions of [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding About Schmidt]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding Nebraska.]]]]
* BlackComedy
* ButtMonkey: [[Film/{{Election}} Jim]], [[Film/AboutSchmidt Warren]], [[Film/{{Sideways}} Miles]] and [[Film/{{Nebraska}} David and Woody]] can attest to this.
* CentralTheme: Existential crises, satirical depictions of American society,
* CreatorProvincialism: Alexander Payne ''is'' Omaha.
* CringeComedy
* EagleLand: Overwhelmingly type 2.

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%% * AuteurLicense: Gained it after ''Election'', to the point where he has final cut on every film he makes.
%% * BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest. With the exceptions of [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding About Schmidt]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding Nebraska.]]]]
%% * BlackComedy
%% * ButtMonkey: [[Film/{{Election}} Jim]], [[Film/AboutSchmidt Warren]], [[Film/{{Sideways}} Miles]] and [[Film/{{Nebraska}} David and Woody]] can attest to this.
%% * CentralTheme: Existential crises, satirical depictions of American society,
%% * CreatorProvincialism: Alexander Payne ''is'' Omaha.
%% * CringeComedy
%% * EagleLand: Overwhelmingly type 2.



* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Especially his first two films.

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%% * UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Especially his first two films.


* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' and ''Nebraska'' are the only two films he's directed which are not adaptations of novels.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' Ruth'', ''Nebraska'', and ''Nebraska'' ''Downsizing'' are the only two films he's directed which are not adaptations of novels.


* ''Citizen Ruth'' (1996) -- A drug addict's latest pregnancy becomes a political football in the abortion debate.

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* ''Citizen Ruth'' ''Film/CitizenRuth'' (1996) -- A drug addict's latest pregnancy becomes a political football in the abortion debate.


Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. His films generally include the following tropes:

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Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. His films generally include the following tropes:


Alexander Payne (born 10 February 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. His films generally include the following tropes:

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Alexander Payne (born 10 February 10, 1961) is an acclaimed filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. His films generally include the following tropes:


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* GreyAndGrayMorality

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* GreyAndGrayMoralityGreyAndGrayMorality: His films are about the modern person, fallible but complex. Heroes are not perfect and any character that seems antagonistic still has redeeming qualities.



* AuteurLicense: Gained it after ''Election'', to the point where he has final cut on every film he makes.
* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest. With the exceptions of [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding About Schmidt]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding Nebraska.]]]]
* BlackComedy
* ButtMonkey: [[Film/{{Election}} Jim]], [[Film/AboutSchmidt Warren]], [[Film/{{Sideways}} Miles]] and [[Film/{{Nebraska}} David and Woody]] can attest to this.
* CentralTheme: Existential crises, satirical depictions of American society,
* CreatorProvincialism: Alexander Payne ''is'' Omaha.
* CringeComedy
* EagleLand: Overwhelmingly type 2.
* GreyAndGrayMorality
* SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism: His films generally lie a tad more towards the cynical end of the spectrum, however his films aren't generally mean spirited. His protagonists are still pretty likable to route for and care about.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' and ''Nebraska'' are the only two films he's directed which are not adaptations of novels.
* UncreditedRole: He was an uncredited script doctor for ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and ''Film/JurassicPark3''.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Especially his first two films.


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!!His films provide examples of:

* AuteurLicense: Gained it after ''Election'', to the point where he has final cut on every film he makes.
* BittersweetEnding: His endings are this at happiest. With the exceptions of [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding About Schmidt]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding Nebraska.]]]]
* BlackComedy
* ButtMonkey: [[Film/{{Election}} Jim]], [[Film/AboutSchmidt Warren]], [[Film/{{Sideways}} Miles]] and [[Film/{{Nebraska}} David and Woody]] can attest to this.
* CentralTheme: Existential crises, satirical depictions of American society,
* CreatorProvincialism: Alexander Payne ''is'' Omaha.
* CringeComedy
* EagleLand: Overwhelmingly type 2.
* GreyAndGrayMorality
* SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism: His films generally lie a tad more towards the cynical end of the spectrum, however his films aren't generally mean spirited. His protagonists are still pretty likable to route for and care about.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Citizen Ruth'' and ''Nebraska'' are the only two films he's directed which are not adaptations of novels.
* UncreditedRole: He was an uncredited script doctor for ''Film/MeetTheParents'' and ''Film/JurassicPark3''.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Especially his first two films.


* ''Film/{{Downsizing}}'' (2017) -- A social satire in which an average man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

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* ''Film/{{Downsizing}}'' (2017) -- A social satire in which an average man realizes thinks he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.shrink.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality


* SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism: His films generally lie on the cynical end of the spectrum.

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* SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism: His films generally lie on a tad more towards the cynical end of the spectrum.spectrum, however his films aren't generally mean spirited. His protagonists are still pretty likable to route for and care about.


* CrapsackWorld

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* CrapsackWorldCentralTheme: Existential crises, satirical depictions of American society,


* ''Film/{{Downsizing}}'' (2017) -- A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

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* ''Film/{{Downsizing}}'' (2017) -- A social satire in which a guy an average man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

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