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* TheThirties: The movie is set in the late 1930s.



* TheThirties: The movie is set in the late 1930s.


* AgeLift: The character played by Creator/ZacEfron is 16. In RealLife, the actor who played his role in Welles' production was around 12.


--> '''[[ZacEfron Richard]]:''' What's "quadruple space"?

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--> '''[[ZacEfron '''[[Creator/ZacEfron Richard]]:''' What's "quadruple space"?


* BillingDisplacement: Creator/ZacEfron, who only plays ''the main character'', gets second billing below Christian [=McKay=] on the British posters and Claire Danes on the American ones.



* DawsonCasting: Christian [=McKay=] was 35 portraying the 21-year-old Welles, but it is somewhat justified in that Welles really did read much older than he was. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z294SHkqmQ&feature=related This is him at 24]].
* FakeAmerican: British Christiain [=McKay=] as the American OrsonWelles.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[HighSchoolMusical Troy]] is hitting on [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Juliet]].
** Alternately, [[{{Hairspray}} Link]] is hitting on [[Film/LesMiserables1998 Cosette]].
** Additionally, [[Film/SherlockHolmes Lestrade]] is the manager of the Mercury Theatre, [[Film/SherlockHolmes Mary Morstan]] is playing Portia, and [[Film/AliceInWonderland Hamish]] plays Cinna.
** And with the characters as much as the actors themselves. Hey, it's Joseph Cotten!



* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The movie premiered to terrific reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, but was unable to secure any US distribution. It ended up sitting on the shelf for more than a year before it was finally given a piss-poor release in November 2009. Some people think the terrible release situation was what robbed Christian [=McKay=] of an Oscar nomination.

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''Me and Orson Welles'' is a 2009 American film directed by Creator/RichardLinklater about the life of a high school student, Richard, who gets a part in Creator/OrsonWelles' production of Theatre/JuliusCaesar at the Mercury Theatre. While working on the production, he falls in love with Sonja Jones, the production assistant. Drama ensues. It is based on a novel with the same name.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AgeLift: The character played by Creator/ZacEfron is 16. In RealLife, the actor who played his role in Welles' production was around 12.
* AintNoRule: Invoked by Welles, who hires ambulances to take him from radio show to radio show and back to the theatre, claiming if there is a law saying you have to be sick to ride in an ambulance, he hasn't heard of it.
* BerserkButton: ''Never'' criticize Creator/OrsonWelles. Also, never bring up his pregnant wife [[spoiler: after he just spent the night with the production assistant]].
* BillingDisplacement: Creator/ZacEfron, who only plays ''the main character'', gets second billing below Christian [=McKay=] on the British posters and Claire Danes on the American ones.
* TheCasanova: Welles again. He tries to seduce just about every female in the movie. Joe Cotten, too.
* DawsonCasting: Christian [=McKay=] was 35 portraying the 21-year-old Welles, but it is somewhat justified in that Welles really did read much older than he was. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z294SHkqmQ&feature=related This is him at 24]].
* FakeAmerican: British Christiain [=McKay=] as the American OrsonWelles.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[HighSchoolMusical Troy]] is hitting on [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Juliet]].
** Alternately, [[{{Hairspray}} Link]] is hitting on [[Film/LesMiserables1998 Cosette]].
** Additionally, [[Film/SherlockHolmes Lestrade]] is the manager of the Mercury Theatre, [[Film/SherlockHolmes Mary Morstan]] is playing Portia, and [[Film/AliceInWonderland Hamish]] plays Cinna.
** And with the characters as much as the actors themselves. Hey, it's Joseph Cotten!
* HistoricalInJoke: "How the hell can I top this?" Right, Orson. How could you ''possibly'' [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds top]] [[Film/CitizenKane that]]?
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Who in the world would think of staging Shakespeare in ''modern dress''?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Orson can certainly be a JerkAss, but he still cares for his cast and crew. Above all, he's DoingItForTheArt
* ManipulativeBastard: Orson. Most obvious at the end of the movie, when he [[spoiler: convinces Richard to come back for opening night, then fires him anyway.]]
* SettingUpdate: Welles's production of Theatre/JuliusCaesar had the setting updated to what was then modern-day facist Italy, drawing blatant parallels to Mussolini.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Both employed (when the image fades to black ofter Sonja invites Richard into the bedroom) and, in its literary form, [[DiscussedTrope discussed]]:
--> '''Joseph Cotten:''' Welcome to "quadruple space", kid.
--> '''[[ZacEfron Richard]]:''' What's "quadruple space"?
--> '''Joseph Cotten:''' You know, in a novel, when the main characters are finally about to schtup. They can't describe it, otherwise they can't print the book. They just go, you know, "he hugged her hard, they fell on to the bed", Period, ''Quadruple space''.
* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The movie premiered to terrific reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, but was unable to secure any US distribution. It ended up sitting on the shelf for more than a year before it was finally given a piss-poor release in November 2009. Some people think the terrible release situation was what robbed Christian [=McKay=] of an Oscar nomination.
* ShoutOut: Joseph Cotten is shown [[Film/TheThirdMan hiding in a darkened doorway]] while Richard talks with Sonja.
* SidelongGlanceBiopic
* ThrowItIn: An in-universe example. Orson Welles is shown improvising a line paraphrased from ''The Magnificent Ambersons'' while recording a part for a radio soap opera. Based on the reaction from the director and the rest of the cast, this could even be called [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny Orson Does Something Brilliant]].
* TheThirties: The movie is set in the late 1930s.
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