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* AnticipatoryLipstick: Brantley [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fQyGvIX5tI makes the mistake]] of complimenting the looks of his boss' wife when she's feeling unattractive. As "Oh Yeah" by Yello plays, the boss' wife prepares to seduce him (to his dismay) as she applies her lipstick.

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* AnticipatoryLipstick: Brantley [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fQyGvIX5tI makes the mistake]] of complimenting the looks of his boss' wife when she's feeling unattractive. As "Oh Yeah" by Yello Music/{{Yello}} plays, the boss' wife prepares to seduce him (to his dismay) as she applies her lipstick.


* AnticipatoryLipstick: Brantley makes the mistake of complimenting the looks of his boss' wife when she's feeling unattractive. As "Oh Yeah" by Yello plays, the boss' wife prepares to seduce him (to his dismay) as she applies her lipstick.

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* AnticipatoryLipstick: Brantley [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fQyGvIX5tI makes the mistake mistake]] of complimenting the looks of his boss' wife when she's feeling unattractive. As "Oh Yeah" by Yello plays, the boss' wife prepares to seduce him (to his dismay) as she applies her lipstick.

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* AnticipatoryLipstick: Brantley makes the mistake of complimenting the looks of his boss' wife when she's feeling unattractive. As "Oh Yeah" by Yello plays, the boss' wife prepares to seduce him (to his dismay) as she applies her lipstick.

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* BathroomSearchExcuse: Brantley Foster is running from another employee who has seen through his executive director disguise, and he barges into Christy Wills's office. When she notices him, he says "This isn't the men's room?"

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* DoggedNiceGuy: Christy isn't at all impressed with Brantley when she first meets him, but he keeps at it.

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** Sort of overlaps with CharacterNameAlias, as Carlton Whitfield was the name one of Brantley's neighbors back in Kansas.

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* SleepingWithTheBosssWife: Vera Pemrose Prescott is the wife of Howard Prescott, the CEO of the Pemrose Corporation. She seduces Brantley Foster, an employee at Pemrose, and has a sexual encounter with him. She only did so because she wanted to get back at her husband for having an affair. Foster himself only finds out that Vera is his boss' wife right after he sleeps with her. He also discovers that [[SurpriseIncest she's his aunt]], because at that exact same moment she finds out that he's her nephew by marriage.


* SurpriseIncest: Brantley is asked to escort the wife of his boss to her country home. She takes an immediate liking to him and convinces him to stay for a swim, which leads to her seducing him. Not long after, Brantley realizes that she is his Aunt Vera (by marriage, as his boss is his blood-related uncle, Mr. Prescott). Brantley is disgusted, but Vera isn't - she later pursues him sexually.

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* SurpriseIncest: Brantley is asked to escort the wife of his boss to her country home. She takes an immediate liking to him and convinces him to stay for a swim, which leads to her seducing him. Not long after, Brantley realizes that she is his Aunt Vera (by marriage, as (very distantly; his boss boss, Mr. Prescott, is also his blood-related uncle, Mr. Prescott).uncle by a different marriage). Brantley is disgusted, but Vera isn't - she later pursues him sexually.


* InterruptedIntimacy: Brantley ends up having an affair with his boss's wife [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfYqWagt-14 who turns out to be his aunt!]]]], Vera. When she comes to his office, looking for seconds (which is one-sided this time), they get busted when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz04kVAI3bs&feature=player_detailpage#t=116 his uncle shows up unexpectedly, to talk to him.]]

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* InterruptedIntimacy: Brantley ends up having an affair with his boss's wife [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfYqWagt-14 who turns out to be his aunt!]]]], aunt-in-law!]]]], Vera. When she comes to his office, looking for seconds (which is one-sided this time), they get busted when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz04kVAI3bs&feature=player_detailpage#t=116 his uncle shows up unexpectedly, to talk to him.]]


** Late in the film, it's revealed that he married into the Prescot Family, because Vera was the former CEO's daughter,and convinced her to let him run the company in her stead, as a means to take over her father's corporation. But his shady business practices ran it into the ground, leaving the Pemrose Corporation ripe for a takeover by Davenport Enterprises. Rather than try to save the company, he brokers a deal with Davenport's CEO to save his own position.

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** Late in the film, it's revealed that he married into the Prescot Prescott Family, [[SocialClimber because Vera was the former CEO's daughter,and founder's daughter,]] and convinced her to let him run the company in her stead, as a means to take over her father's corporation. But his shady business practices ran it into the ground, leaving the Pemrose Corporation ripe for a takeover by Davenport Enterprises. Rather than try to save the company, he brokers a deal with Davenport's CEO [[ItsAllAboutMe to save his own position.]]


** Late in the film, it's revealed that he married into the Prescot Family, because Vera was the former CEO's daughter,and convinced her to let him run the company in her stead, as a means to take over her father's corporation. But his shady business practices ran it into the ground, leaving the Primrose Corporation ripe for a takeover by Davenport Enterprises. Rather than try to save the company, he brokers a deal with Davenport's CEO to save his own position.

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** Late in the film, it's revealed that he married into the Prescot Family, because Vera was the former CEO's daughter,and convinced her to let him run the company in her stead, as a means to take over her father's corporation. But his shady business practices ran it into the ground, leaving the Primrose Pemrose Corporation ripe for a takeover by Davenport Enterprises. Rather than try to save the company, he brokers a deal with Davenport's CEO to save his own position.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive / MeanBoss: Brantley's uncle.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive / MeanBoss: Brantley's uncle.CorruptCorporateExecutive: Howard Prescott, in more ways than one.
**Late in the film, it's revealed that he married into the Prescot Family, because Vera was the former CEO's daughter,and convinced her to let him run the company in her stead, as a means to take over her father's corporation. But his shady business practices ran it into the ground, leaving the Primrose Corporation ripe for a takeover by Davenport Enterprises. Rather than try to save the company, he brokers a deal with Davenport's CEO to save his own position.
**He also has an ongoing affair with one of his employees (Christy), whom he strings along by promising to leave his wife, Vera, for her. So Vera has an affair with Brantley, since it wasn't long before she realized her husband was cheating on her. But after learning how badly Howard's been running her father's company, she teams up with Brantley to save it.



*LaserGuidedKarma: All Howard's scheming and backstabbing his wife is what eventually causes her to throw her support behind Brantley to save her father's company.



* MegaCorp: Pemrose Corporation.

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* MegaCorp: The Pemrose Corporation.

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''The Secret of My Success'' is a 1987 American comedy film produced and directed by Herbert Ross, and starring Creator/MichaelJFox and Creator/HelenSlater. The screenplay was written by A.J. Carothers, Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr. from a story written by Carothers.

Well educated, Kansas born and raised, Brantley Foster sets out to make his fortune in New York. Unfortunately, when he arrives, the job he is promised fails to materialise, so he reluctantly looks up a distant relative, Howard Prescot, who runs a multimillion dollar corporation. Starting at the bottom, doesn't appeal to Brantley so he pretends to be an executive, whilst keeping this a secret from "uncle" Howard and Brantley's dream girl Christy.

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* BavarianFireDrill: Brantley plays the part of a mid-level executive so well that no one catches on to what he's doing. It helps that his mailroom job lets him go anywhere in the building unnoticed, talk to almost anyone, and observe the workings of the corporation in a way that the other executives can't.
* BowChickaWowWow: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr6-YabThxY soundtrack]] of this film is what many people think of when Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow rolls out.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive / MeanBoss: Brantley's uncle.
* ElevatorConference: A variation. Brantley stops the lift he's in to use it as an impromptu dressing room and come out as Carlton Whitfield.
* ElevatorGoingDown: The film ends on one of these.
* AGodAmI: Played for laughs. Brantley's MeanBoss insists Brantley call him God, which becomes a RunningGag in the movie.
* IHaveManyNames: Brantley only had two: his real name, Brantley Foster, and his [[InventedIndividual alias]] for faking his way into a position of prominence at his uncle's company, Carlton Whitfield. However, the nature of the business world leads to people referring to him casually as only a first or last name. When, at a party, he's addressed by all four names by various partygoers, he explains to his date that his parents weren't satisfied with just one name.
--> "My monogram looks like an eyechart."
* InterruptedIntimacy: Brantley ends up having an affair with his boss's wife [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfYqWagt-14 who turns out to be his aunt!]]]], Vera. When she comes to his office, looking for seconds (which is one-sided this time), they get busted when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz04kVAI3bs&feature=player_detailpage#t=116 his uncle shows up unexpectedly, to talk to him.]]
* InventedIndividual: Brantley sees how poorly the company is being run and decides to create a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, to influence and improve the company's operations.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: The movie title is sometimes stylized as ''The Secret of My Succe$s''.
* MegaCorp: Pemrose Corporation.
* MockMillionaire: Brantley is a lowly office worker who pretends to be a high profile corporate executive.
* MrsRobinson: The company president's bored wife pursues mail boy Brantley, who is also her nephew, [[SurpriseIncest though she didn't know it at first]].
* NewcomerSavesTheDay: Brantley applied at a time that his uncle's company was ripe for a takeover. But after going over the company's ledger, and hearing from their dissatisfied business partners, Brantley soon realizes that the real problem is his uncle's lack of business sense. So he devises a way [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spKKYBMjvqI to save the company]], by buying it out from under his uncle... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPCp-dOW3cI with help from his uncle's wife:]] Brantley's aunt, Vera.
* RightThroughTheWall / TheImmodestOrgasm: Brantley has moved to the city and is living in a crappy apartment, complete with incredibly loud, horny neighbors. At one point, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xsfm69Weco when they're getting it on]] while he's trying to work, he goes to the fridge for a beer, grabs a stick, and begins waving it like he's holding a baton. We know that they do this a lot because he can mouth along with their dirty talk, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and cracks his (overflowing) beer right at the moment of climax.]] Then he sits down at his desk and says, "You guys were good tonight."
* SleepingWithTheBoss: Brantley's uncle Howard Prescott, CEO of the Pemrose Corporation, has an ongoing affair with Christy, one of his employees who is also Brantley's LoveInterest.
* SurpriseIncest: Brantley is asked to escort the wife of his boss to her country home. She takes an immediate liking to him and convinces him to stay for a swim, which leads to her seducing him. Not long after, Brantley realizes that she is his Aunt Vera (by marriage, as his boss is his blood-related uncle, Mr. Prescott). Brantley is disgusted, but Vera isn't - she later pursues him sexually.
* TravellingSalesmanMontage: After a rapid-fire sequence of rejections, Brantley declares, "Whatever the exception is, I can fix it. I can be older, I can be taller, I can be anything." The interviewer asks, "Can you be a minority woman?"
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Vera Prescott seduces Brantley at the country house's swimming pool.
* TwoTimerDate: Brantley struggles to secretly hold down two jobs and uses the elevator for a changing room when he dashes back and forth to fulfill his responsibilities. He even manages to carry off the charade on a weekend trip and manages to have a girlfriend while having an affair with his own aunt.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: When Brantley is caught changing dresses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7od4WMrqNo&feature=player_detailpage#t=22 in the elevator]].
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