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* AlanSmithee: Creator/AlecBaldwin used the name Harry Kirkpatrick as both director and producer was finally released in 2007 (six years after the film was made, due to legal issues over the production) and featuring extensive recuts against his wishes.

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* NoFameNoWealthNoService: Jabez starts the film working in a high-end men's clothing store. He gets fired for serving an old man who his supervisor does not think is wealthy enough to be shopping there. As a final act of defiance, he buys the tie the old man was interested in and gives it to him as a gift.

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* DramaticThunder: When, during a fit of pique, Jabex Stone decalres that he would sell his soul to trade places with Julius Jensen, there is a single bolt of lightning from a clear sky and a dramatic crack of thunder.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Jabez Stone is jealous of the success his friend Julius Jensen is having: having just signed a three book deal for a huge amount of money. At the end of an extreme HumiliationConga, he yells to the sky that he would sell his soul to trade places with Julius Jensen. Then there is a crack of thunder and a knock on the door...


* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Early in the movie, Mike tends to cough every time he lights up a cigarette. This leads to a RunningGag between him and Stone, as every time he does this, Stone sarcastically tells him to "have another cigarette". Eventually, after a particular bad coughing fit, Stone takes the cigarette out of his mouth and throws it away. The viewer later learns that this was the moment when Mike quit smoking. However, the coughing is an early symptom of the lung cancer that eventually kills him.



* MadnessMantra: After learning that his friend Julius has been given a $190,000 advance for his next novel, and then being mugged and having his laptop (which the manuscript for his own novel) stolen, Stone breaks down, hauls his old electric typewriter out of the closet and starts typing 'ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS' over and over again on a sheet of paper. Then the typewriter breaks and he resorts to ApplianceDefenestration.

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* MadnessMantra: After learning that his friend Julius has been given a $190,000 advance for his next novel, and then being mugged and having his laptop (which comtains the manuscript for his own novel) stolen, Stone breaks down, hauls his old electric typewriter out of the closet and starts typing 'ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS' over and over again on a sheet of paper. Then the typewriter breaks and he resorts to ApplianceDefenestration.


* JuryOfTheDamned: The Jurors in Stone's trial are dead authors, including Truman Capote, Jacqueline Susann, Ernest Hemingway, Mario Puzo, Charlotte Bronte, and James Joyce.

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* JuryOfTheDamned: The Jurors in Stone's trial are dead authors, including Truman Capote, Jacqueline Susann, Ernest Hemingway, Creator/ErnestHemingway, Mario Puzo, Charlotte Bronte, Creator/CharlotteBronte, and James Joyce.Creator/JamesJoyce.


* HumiliationConga: In the space of one day, Jabez Stone loses his job (for being nice to a customer), has his manuscript rejected by his idol Daniel Webster, learns his best friend has just signed a three book deal with a lucrative advance that will increase with each subsequent book, discovers he is broke due to a spiteful act of his {{Jerkass}} brother, is mugged by a gang that severely beats him and steals the laptop containing the only copy y of the manuscript for his novel, tries writing on an his old electric typewriter only for it to break, and finally he [[ApplianceDefenestration flings the typewriter through his window]] where it hits an old woman in the head and kills her. Small wonder he [[DealWithTheDevil accepts the Devil's offer to buy his soul]].

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* HumiliationConga: In the space of one day, Jabez Stone loses his job (for being nice to a customer), customer); has his manuscript rejected by his idol Daniel Webster, Webster; learns his best friend has just signed a three book deal with a lucrative advance that will increase with each subsequent book, book; discovers he is broke due to a spiteful act of his {{Jerkass}} brother, brother; is mugged by a gang that severely beats him and steals the laptop containing the only copy y of the manuscript for his novel, novel; tries writing on an his old electric typewriter only for it to break, break; and finally he [[ApplianceDefenestration flings the typewriter through his window]] where it hits an old woman in the head and kills her. Small wonder he [[DealWithTheDevil accepts the Devil's offer to buy his soul]].

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* HumiliationConga: In the space of one day, Jabez Stone loses his job (for being nice to a customer), has his manuscript rejected by his idol Daniel Webster, learns his best friend has just signed a three book deal with a lucrative advance that will increase with each subsequent book, discovers he is broke due to a spiteful act of his {{Jerkass}} brother, is mugged by a gang that severely beats him and steals the laptop containing the only copy y of the manuscript for his novel, tries writing on an his old electric typewriter only for it to break, and finally he [[ApplianceDefenestration flings the typewriter through his window]] where it hits an old woman in the head and kills her. Small wonder he [[DealWithTheDevil accepts the Devil's offer to buy his soul]].

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* SoreLoser: The Devil throws an epic hissy fit when the jury finds in Stone's favour and nullifies her contract.

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* RichJerk: Jabez's brother [[MeaningfulName Dick]]. A wealthy Wall Street type, he flaunts his wealth in the face of brother, who is a struggling writer. He arranges an extremely expensive anniversary present for their parents--knowing that Jabez will never be able to contribute to it--insisting that he just wants everything to be 'perfect'. And when Jabez writes a token cheque to contribute to the cost, he cashes it even though he must know that doing so will leave his brother broke.


* ((Balloonacy}}: In the StoryWithinAStory that opens the film, Johnnie attaches balloons to his new bicycle--which he sees as the cause of all of his problems--to cause it to float away. At the end of the film, the bike is seen floating above Manhattan. In both cases, it is probably intended to be symbolic.

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* ((Balloonacy}}: {{Balloonacy}}: In the StoryWithinAStory that opens the film, Johnnie attaches balloons to his new bicycle--which he sees as the cause of all of his problems--to cause it to float away. At the end of the film, the bike is seen floating above Manhattan. In both cases, it is probably intended to be symbolic.

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* ((Balloonacy}}: In the StoryWithinAStory that opens the film, Johnnie attaches balloons to his new bicycle--which he sees as the cause of all of his problems--to cause it to float away. At the end of the film, the bike is seen floating above Manhattan. In both cases, it is probably intended to be symbolic.

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* AbsoluteCleavage: The night the Devil buys Jabez Stone's soul, she is wearing a LittleBlackDress with an ''extremely'' plunging neckline: all revealed by SexyCoatFlashing.

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* LittleBlackDress: When the Devil turns up to buy Jabez Stone's soul--a deal that is sealed by the two of them having sex--she is wearing a little back dress with AbsoluteCleavage, which she reveals to him via SexyCoatFlashing.


* AcheyScars: The scar at the base of the Devil's spine where Daniel Webster cut off her tail is still sensitive. So much so, in fact, that she flinches away just as Jabez Stone is about to touch it.



* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Features an animated Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt wrecking havoc on the opening titles, and the titles fighting back.

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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Features an animated Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt wrecking wreaking havoc on the opening titles, and the titles fighting back.

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