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* RealityEnsues: Downsizing is sold as utopia where everyone lives in relative wealth due to small things being cheaper, but that doesn't mean wealth inequality doesn't still exist. Indeed, once the big money runs out, people find themselves working the same kind of jobs they used to with their pays scaled smaller.


** Also, after Paul (on what seems to be only their second date) suggests that Kristen introduce him to her little boy and she kindly makes the completely valid point that it's way too early for that he grows petulant and immediately dismisses her, making it clear it's all over.

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** Also, after Paul (on what seems to be only their second date) suggests that Kristen introduce him to her little boy and she kindly makes the completely valid point that it's way too early for that that, he grows petulant and immediately dismisses her, making it clear it's all over.



* NationsOfTheWorldMontage: Used when the discovery of the downsizing technique is announced. People in different countries are showed (Korea, Spain, India...). It ends with Paul hearing the news in a bar.

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* NationsOfTheWorldMontage: Used when the discovery of the downsizing technique is announced. People in different countries are showed shown (Korea, Spain, India...). It ends with Paul hearing the news in a bar.


** [[spoiler: The creation of downsizing is revealed to have come too late near the film's end; not enough people have undergone the procedure in time to reduce global warming and a catastrophic amount of methane has been released in the arctic, which will result in humanity's extinction.]]

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** [[spoiler: The creation of downsizing is revealed to have come too late near the film's end; not enough people have undergone the procedure in time to reduce global warming and a catastrophic amount of methane has been released in the arctic, which will result in humanity's extinction. However, the original script ''does'' show that the descendants of the Norwegian colony have survived into the future after the extinction event, although they have regressed to a more tribal/low-tech existence.]]

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* ClassReunion: Paul goes to one with Audrey. He talks with an old friend who is now an anesthetist (whereas he is only an occupational therapist, while he wanted to be a surgeon). He also meets another friend who has downsized.


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* RunningGag: Several characters cannot pronounce correctly the name of the protagonist, Safranek.


* AnArmAndALeg: Ngoc Lan Tran had to get one of her legs amputated due to suffering from gangrene.



* ChekhovsSkill: Paul's medical skill turns out useful many times during the story.


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* WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities: Paul's medical skill turns out useful many times during the story.

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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Paul wanted to be a surgeon, but he gave up his studies to take care of his sick mother. So he became an occupational therapist. Things get worse for him in Leisureland: he has a telemarketing job, then he even works as a housekeeper.

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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Ngoc Lan Tran is a one-legged woman. She still helps her poor neighbors. She also helps Paul, the white male protagonist, to understand the real value of life.


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* LoserProtagonist: It is mentioned several times that everything Paul undertakes fails (his studies, his downsizing, his marriage, his integration into the Norwegian community...).
* MagicalNegro: Ngoc Lan Tran, a minority character, helps Paul, the white male protagonist, to understand the real value of life. In particular, he starts helping the poor and going to mass thanks to her.


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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Paul is brooding because his marriage failed and his life in Leisureland is much less pleasant than expected. He meets Ngoc Lan Tran, an upbeat and wacky girl, who is always full of energy in spite of the hardship she experienced. [[spoiler:Finally, they fall in love with each other.]]

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* FunnyForeigner: Ngoc Lan Tran, her funny accent and her broken grammar are a source of humour in the film. Moreover, she has funny ideas about American society:
-->'''Ngoc Lan Tran''': American people, eight kind of fuck. Love fuck, hate fuck, sex-only fuck, break-up fuck, make-up fuck, drunk fuck, buddy fuck, pity fuck.


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* NationsOfTheWorldMontage: Used when the discovery of the downsizing technique is announced. People in different countries are showed (Korea, Spain, India...). It ends with Paul hearing the news in a bar.


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* YouNoTakeCandle: Ngoc Lan Tran speaks English with a heavy Vietnamese accent and she omits articles, auxiliary verbs, etc.
-->'''Ngoc Lan Tran''': Now maybe you understand little bit how I feel after survive TV box.


** [[spoiler: The creation of downsizing is revealed to have come too late near the film's end; not enough people have undergone the procedure, and a catastrophic amount of methane is being released in the arctic due to global warming, which will result in humanity's extinction.]]

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** [[spoiler: The creation of downsizing is revealed to have come too late near the film's end; not enough people have undergone the procedure, procedure in time to reduce global warming and a catastrophic amount of methane is being has been released in the arctic due to global warming, arctic, which will result in humanity's extinction.]]

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* AllForNothing:
** Paul's decision to go through the downsizing procedure becomes this when Audrey backs out of it at the last minute; he's got the house of his dreams and more money than he knows what to do with, but has no one to share it with. And even ''that'' doesn't last, since Audrey takes the lion's share of the money when she divorces Paul, which forces him to move into a tiny apartment.
** [[spoiler: The creation of downsizing is revealed to have come too late near the film's end; not enough people have undergone the procedure, and a catastrophic amount of methane is being released in the arctic due to global warming, which will result in humanity's extinction.]]

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* JustBeforeTheEnd: It turns out that the impetus for the downsizing project is [[spoiler:the Earth is on the verge of an ecological catastrophe, and the reason for shrinking people is to fit as many people as possible into the emergency shelters made to preserve the human race.]]


* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Downsizing makes propaganda-like claims that the Earth is overpopulated. Whites and East Asians have been affected by rapidly dropping and low birth rates, even back in 2017. The only nations that have overpopulation issues are China, India and various African countries such as Niger where fertility rates go over ''six'' per woman. Even back in 2017, the First World suffered from a low birth rate more so than overpopulation as economic uncertainty rooted in the 2008 global financial crisis dissuaded people from having children who feared they can't afford to have any, with South Korea and Japan being hit the hardest by this phenomenon.


''Downsizing'' is a 2017 science fiction and social satire movie directed by Creator/AlexanderPayne. It stars Creator/MattDamon, Creator/KristenWiig, Creator/ChristophWaltz, Hong Chau, Creator/LauraDern, Rolf Lassgård and Udo Kier.

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''Downsizing'' is a 2017 science fiction and social satire movie directed by Creator/AlexanderPayne. It stars Creator/MattDamon, Creator/KristenWiig, Creator/ChristophWaltz, Hong Chau, Creator/LauraDern, Rolf Lassgård and Udo Kier.
Creator/UdoKier.


* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Downsizing makes propaganda-like claims that the Earth is overpopulated. Whites and East Asians have been affected by rapidly dropping and low birth rates, even back in 2017. Only various underdeveloped nations such as Niger where fertility rates go over ''six'' per woman have overpopulation issues.

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* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Downsizing makes propaganda-like claims that the Earth is overpopulated. Whites and East Asians have been affected by rapidly dropping and low birth rates, even back in 2017. Only The only nations that have overpopulation issues are China, India and various underdeveloped nations African countries such as Niger where fertility rates go over ''six'' per woman have woman. Even back in 2017, the First World suffered from a low birth rate more so than overpopulation issues.as economic uncertainty rooted in the 2008 global financial crisis dissuaded people from having children who feared they can't afford to have any, with South Korea and Japan being hit the hardest by this phenomenon.

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* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Downsizing makes propaganda-like claims that the Earth is overpopulated. Whites and East Asians have been affected by rapidly dropping and low birth rates, even back in 2017. Only various underdeveloped nations such as Niger where fertility rates go over ''six'' per woman have overpopulation issues.

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