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'''Lars:''' Well, look! [He points to the big hole caused from the bug bomb.] You blew a hole in the floor!\\
'''Ernie:''' Well, I distinctly remember somebody yelling "Shoot, shoot!"\\
'''Lars:''' Well, you've never listened to me before!\\

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'''Lars:''' Well, look! [He ''(He points to the big hole caused from the bug bomb.] )'' You blew a hole in the floor!\\
'''Ernie:''' Well, Yeah, well, [[NeverMyFault I distinctly remember somebody yelling "Shoot, shoot!"\\
shoot!"]]\\
'''Lars:''' Well, Yeah, well, you've never listened to me before!\\



'''Lars:''' Ernie, no, no--\\
'''Ernie:''' Stand back, Lars! I'm a man on a mission!\\
'''Lars:''' This is how accidents happen! Come on, Ernie, just put the gun down--\\

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'''Lars:''' Come on, Ernie, no, no, no--\\
'''Ernie:''' Stand Stay back, Lars! I'm a man on a mission!\\
'''Lars:''' This Look, this is how accidents happen! Come on, Ernie, just Ernie. ''(Ernie laughs maniacally)'' put the gun down--\\down, cone on--\\



** During the auction scene, Ernie greets one of his guests with Hakuna Matata. Nathan Lane voiced Timon in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.

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** During the auction scene, Ernie greets one of his guests with Hakuna Matata. Nathan Lane voiced [[ActorAllusion voiced]] Timon in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.



* SiblingYinYang: Lars and Eddie are so different, it's hard to believe their brothers.

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* SiblingYinYang: Lars and Eddie Ernie are so different, it's hard to believe their brothers.


* EveryoneHasStandards: The brothers don't have the heart to kill the mouse while he's unconscious (and ''hate'' themselves for it) so they have him deported. [[TheCatCameBack The mouse still found his way back]], but [[ThrowTheDogABone throws the two a bone]] after their plans literally blow up.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: The brothers don't have the heart to [[CoupDeGrace kill the mouse while he's unconscious unconscious]] (and ''hate'' themselves for it) so they have him deported. [[TheCatCameBack The mouse still found his way back]], but [[ThrowTheDogABone throws the two a bone]] after their plans literally blow up.


* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ernie and Lars frequently get hurt by the very thing they intended to use against the mouse. In one instance, they cover the floor of the kitchen in mousetraps, only to end up trapped themselves.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ernie and Lars frequently get hurt by the very thing they intended to use against the mouse. In one instance, they cover the floor of the kitchen in mousetraps, only to end up trapped themselves.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HospitalGurneyScene: After being hit by a van, Ernie and Lars frequently Smuntz is taken to the hospital in this manner. He desperately tries to get hurt by off the very thing they intended to use against the mouse. In one instance, they cover the floor of the kitchen in mousetraps, only to end up trapped themselves.Gurney since he had an important appointment.


* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: It's possible that the mouse helps Ernie and Lars make a huge breakthrough by inventing string cheese because they didn't kill him when they had the chance.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Right off the bat, we know Lars is more doting toward their father as at the funeral, he gets on Ernie for not keeping the casket level, and is genuinely worried when their father's corpse gets lost in the sewer. Ernie, on the other hand is outwardly indifferent. His only interest is wondering what shade of black Lars' jacket it, and when the body lands in the sewer, he gives out a meek "Ah, well."

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Right off the bat, we know Lars is more doting toward their father as at the funeral, he gets on Ernie for not keeping the casket level, and is genuinely worried when their father's corpse gets lost in the sewer. Ernie, on the other hand is outwardly indifferent. His only interest is wondering what shade of black Lars' jacket it, is, and when the body lands in the sewer, he gives out a meek "Ah, well."



* SelfMadeMan: Rudolf Smuntz

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* SelfMadeMan: Rudolf SmuntzSmuntz.


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* SiblingYinYang: Lars and Eddie are so different, it's hard to believe their brothers.


* RetroUniverse: The film has a 1940s look, but seems to take place in the present day. The ZeppCo guy's comments about bringing the factory into the 21st Century imply that it simply takes place in an undefined, anachronistic modern-day setting like Tim Burton's ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films.

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* RetroUniverse: The film has a 1940s look, but seems to take place in the present day. The ZeppCo [=ZeppCo=] guy's comments about bringing the factory into the 21st Century imply that it simply takes place in an undefined, anachronistic modern-day setting like Tim Burton's ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films.


'''Ernie:''' Betrayal? Don't talk to me about betrayal! You should have told me about that offer! Half that factory is mine!

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'''Ernie:''' Betrayal? Don't talk to me about betrayal! You should have told me about that offer! Half that factory is mine!mine!\\


* CluelessBoss: Neither Ernie or Lars prove very effective at running their father's string factory, and even cause the entire staff to riot against them when Lars, out of pure desperation announces they must cut their pay to make up for their mounting debts. It's not until the '''mouse''' of all people has a change of heart that the two men find the means to turn everything around at their antiquated factory.



-->'''Lars:''' LOOK! ''You'' blew a hole in the floor!
-->'''Ernie:''' Yeah, well I distinctly remember ''someone'' yelling "Shoot! Shoot!"

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-->'''Lars:''' WELL, LOOK! ''You'' blew a hole in the floor!
-->'''Ernie:''' Yeah, well well, I distinctly remember ''someone'' ''somebody'' yelling "Shoot! Shoot!"



* CluelessBoss: Neither Ernie or Lars prove very effective at running their father's string factory, and even cause the entire staff to riot against them when Lars, out of pure desperation announces they must cut their pay to make up for their mounting debts. It's not until the '''mouse''' of all people has a change of heart that the two men find the means to turn everything around at their antiquated factory.



-->'''Ernie Smuntz:''' Hey! Don't go! ''[waves an arm at the flooded house]'' It's just a demonstration of how durable a [=LaRue=] really is! Now you know this house will last '''forever'''!\\

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-->'''Ernie Smuntz:''' Hey! Don't go! ''[waves an arm at the flooded house]'' It's just a demonstration of how durable a [=LaRue=] really is! [[TemptingFate Now you know this house will last '''forever'''!\\last]] '''[[TemptingFate forever]]'''!\\



-->'''Ernie:''' ''*deadpan*'' I forgot to put holes in the box.

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-->'''Ernie:''' ''*deadpan*'' Oh, I forgot to put holes in the box.



-->'''Lender: (looking them up and down as they're covered in raw sewage)''' Looks like you're off to a great start...

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-->'''Lender: (looking them up and down as they're covered in raw sewage)''' Looks like you're off to a great start...start.



* FatAndSkinny: Ernie and Lars. While Ernie is not exactly fat he's quite larger than the thin Lars.

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* FatAndSkinny: Ernie and Lars. While Ernie is Ernie's not exactly fat fat, he's quite larger than the thin Lars.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After the house is completely destroyed, the mouse helps set the brothers off on a new future in making cheese string.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After the house is completely destroyed, [[ThrowTheDogABone the mouse helps set the brothers off on a new future in making cheese string.string]].]]



** At the auction, one of the guests compliments Ernie on his crepes, saying that she especially likes the raisins. Ernie then realizes that he never put raisins on them. Ew.

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** At the auction, one of the guests compliments Ernie on his crepes, saying that she especially likes the raisins. Ernie then realizes that he never put raisins on them. Ew.Ugh.



* JerkassHasAPoint: Ernie does not think highly of his father Rudolf or the family string business at all, and has no problem making this clear. It's understandable though considering that Rudolf supposedly didn't give a damn about Ernie's cooking and expected him to run the business with Lars after he passed away, even though Ernie had his own business to run. That, and the Smuntzes' string factory is outdated and barely makes any money [[spoiler:until the end of the film]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Ernie does not doesn't think highly of his father Rudolf or the family string business at all, and has no problem making this clear. It's understandable though considering that Rudolf supposedly didn't give a damn about Ernie's cooking and expected him to run the business with Lars after he passed away, even though Ernie had his own business to run. That, and the Smuntzes' string factory is outdated and barely makes any money [[spoiler:until the end of the film]].



* LargeHam: Caesar the exterminator (being played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, this shouldn't be a surprise). The brothers also ham up every time they get excited chasing the mouse.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Caesar the exterminator (being played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, this shouldn't be a surprise). surprise).
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The brothers also ham up every time they get excited chasing the mouse.



-->'''April:''' ''(sexily)'' Careful Lars, you might catch a cold.

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-->'''April:''' ''(sexily)'' Careful Careful, Lars, you might catch a cold.



-->'''Ernie:''' Not as much as I hate ''you''!
-->'''Lars:''' Yeah?

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-->'''Ernie:''' Not as much as I ''I'' hate ''you''!
-->'''Lars:''' Yeah?Yeah?!



* RefugeInAudacity: The entire film seems to run on this, but moments of particular note would be the very opening scene with {{the fun|InFuneral}}eral, the over-the-top reaction to [[spoiler:the cockroach]] that results in Ernie's restaurant going out of business, and of course the ending--both the false climax where the EscalatingWar finally takes out the mouse (it seems) and the real one with the {{Auction}}.
* RetroUniverse: The film has a 1940s look, but seems to take place in the present day. The Zeppco guy's comments about bringing the factory into the 21st Century imply that it simply takes place in an undefined, anachronistic modern-day setting like Tim Burton's ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films.

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-->'''Lars:''' Betrayed by my own brother.\\
'''Ernie:''' Betrayal? Don't talk to me about betrayal! You should have told me about that offer! Half that factory is mine!
'''Lars:''' And half is mi... And half is mine, including the half that you tried to sell!\\
'''Ernie:''' Yeah, and it would have, if it hadn't been for that stinking bus!\\
'''Lars:''' Bus? You can't leave well enough alone, can you? You... you... you ruin everything!\\
'''Ernie:''' Me? You blame me for this?\\
'''Lars:''' Well, look! [He points to the big hole caused from the bug bomb.] You blew a hole in the floor!\\
'''Ernie:''' Well, I distinctly remember somebody yelling "Shoot, shoot!"\\
'''Lars:''' Well, you've never listened to me before!\\
'''Ernie:''' And you know why?\\
'''Lars:''' Why?\\
'''Ernie:''' Because I have no respect for you! Spending your whole life in that stupid factory! It's tragic.\\
'''Lars:''' You think I didn't have other things I wanted to do with my life? You think I didn't have ambitions of my own?\\
'''Ernie:''' Oh, come on, you love string.\\
'''Lars:''' I didn't love string.\\
'''Ernie:''' Well, you could have fooled me. You and Pop were always huddled together running some piece of something through your fingers. It didn't matter what I did, I didn't even exist! I made him my special rack of lamb for is 70th birthday.\\
'''Lars:''' ''(sighs in resignation)'' Oh, no.\\
'''Ernie:''' Yes, you remember! I slaved over that meal, making sure everything was perfect! Did he say, "Thanks, Ernie, it was delicious"? No. He only noticed the string I had tied it with. ''(sighs)'' He was crazy. But I still wanted his approval. I didn't leave, Lars. I was cast out.
* RefugeInAudacity: The entire film seems to run on this, but moments of particular note would be the very opening scene with {{the fun|InFuneral}}eral, the over-the-top reaction to [[spoiler:the cockroach]] that results in Ernie's restaurant going out of business, and of course the ending--both the false climax where the EscalatingWar finally takes out the mouse (it seems) and the real one with the {{Auction}}.
{{auction}}.
* RetroUniverse: The film has a 1940s look, but seems to take place in the present day. The Zeppco ZeppCo guy's comments about bringing the factory into the 21st Century imply that it simply takes place in an undefined, anachronistic modern-day setting like Tim Burton's ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films.



** "I know some people who used a mouse as a spokesperson. It turned out pretty well." Doubly funny when you realize that this movie was one of Dreamworks' first films, [[TakeThat and they're one of Disney's main competitors]].

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** "I know some people who used a mouse as a spokesperson. It turned out pretty well." Doubly funny when you realize that this movie was one of Dreamworks' [=DreamWorks=]' first films, [[TakeThat and they're one of Disney's main competitors]].



** During the auction scene, Ernie greets one of his guests with Hakuna Matata. Nathan Lane voiced Timon in Disney/TheLionKing.

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** During the auction scene, Ernie greets one of his guests with Hakuna Matata. Nathan Lane voiced Timon in Disney/TheLionKing.''Disney/TheLionKing''.



* ThirdActMisunderstanding: When Lars finds out about Ernie's intentions for the factory. Contributes to the above [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "Reason You Suck" Speech]].

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* ThirdActMisunderstanding: When Lars finds out about Ernie's intentions for the factory. Contributes to the above [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "Reason You Suck" Speech]].speech]].



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-->"A world without string is chaos."


* BadBoss: Neither Ernie or Lars prove very effective at running their father's string factory, and even cause the entire staff to riot against them when Lars, out of pure desperation announces they must cut their pay to make up for their mounting debts. It's not until the '''mouse''' of all people has a change of heart that the two men find the means to turn everything around at their antiquated factory.

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* BadBoss: CluelessBoss: Neither Ernie or Lars prove very effective at running their father's string factory, and even cause the entire staff to riot against them when Lars, out of pure desperation announces they must cut their pay to make up for their mounting debts. It's not until the '''mouse''' of all people has a change of heart that the two men find the means to turn everything around at their antiquated factory.


* EveryoneHasStandards: The brothers did not have the heart to kill the mouse while he's unconscious (and ''hate'' themselves for it) so they had him deported. [[TheCatCameBack The mouse still found his way back]], but [[ThrowTheDogABone throws the two a bone]] after their plans literally blow up.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: The brothers did not don't have the heart to kill the mouse while he's unconscious (and ''hate'' themselves for it) so they had have him deported. [[TheCatCameBack The mouse still found his way back]], but [[ThrowTheDogABone throws the two a bone]] after their plans literally blow up.


* MsFanservice: April in her corset that she wears under her coat to seduce an already naked Lars, with her hair loose and [[NiceHat a little hat]] which she keeps on her head. And it's seen for only a few seconds

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* MsFanservice: April in her corset that she wears under her coat to seduce an already naked Lars, with her hair loose and [[NiceHat a little hat]] which she keeps on her head. And it's seen for only a few secondsseconds.


* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Completely subverted. A little girl is seen being dragged screaming from the pound, where her kitten is then immediately gassed to death (*possibly* for absolutely no reason). Note that this isn't treated as BlackComedy or anything. It comes across more like a "[[PunchClockVillain just business as usual]]" angle.

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* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: Completely subverted. The pound in this movie is treated like an out-and-out ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust concentration camp]].'' A little girl is seen being dragged screaming from the pound, where her kitten is then immediately gassed to death (*possibly* for absolutely no reason). Note that this isn't treated as BlackComedy or anything. It comes across more like a "[[PunchClockVillain just business as usual]]" angle.


* Clothing Damage: Turned up to 11 with Lars in the factory, when his clothing is ripped off completely, leaving him naked.

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* Clothing Damage: ClothingDamage: Turned up to 11 with Lars in the factory, when his clothing is ripped off completely, leaving him naked.

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* BadBoss: Neither Ernie or Lars prove very effective at running their father's string factory, and even cause the entire staff to riot against them when Lars, out of pure desperation announces they must cut their pay to make up for their mounting debts. It's not until the '''mouse''' of all people has a change of heart that the two men find the means to turn everything around at their antiquated factory.


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* HateSink: April is a borderline example of such, clearly expecting more from her husband due to his once-lucrative inheritance and being more concerned with herself than with his own well-being. She even had the gall to chew out Ernie for not seizing the opportunity for more money on the house at the auction while Mr. Falco, who was betting hugely on the house was choking right in front of her.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ernie's prospective buyers from Zeppco apparently took no interest in the man who had just been hit by a bus while chasing his hat in the town square, leading to them withdrawing their offer for the string factory when Ernie "didn't show". Neither of the men seem to notice Ernie's antics before the accident takes place; One could say they FailedASpotCheck.

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