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[[caption-width-right:350:''Who dances at a fucking funeral?'']]


** Having your parents pass away with unanswered questions. A particularly hard hitting line from Arnaud reveals that his mother had a boyfriend who died in Vietnam; he only learned about this after her death and never got to speak with her about it.

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** Having your parents pass away with unanswered questions. A particularly hard hitting line from Arnaud reveals that his [[spoiler:his mother had a boyfriend who died in Vietnam; he only learned about this after her death and never got to speak with her about it.]]


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** [[spoiler:During a very emotional scene, Arnaud reveals that he learned his mother had a boyfriend, who died in the Vietnam War - but he only learned this after she had passed, and was never able to ask about him.]]


** Having your parents pass away with unanswered questions. A particularly hard hitting line from Arnaud reveals that his mother had a boyfriend who died in Vietnam, and he only learned about this after her death and neber got to speak with her about this.

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** Having your parents pass away with unanswered questions. A particularly hard hitting line from Arnaud reveals that his mother had a boyfriend who died in Vietnam, and Vietnam; he only learned about this after her death and neber never got to speak with her about this.it.


** Having your parents pass away with unanswered questions. A particularly hard hitting line from Arnaud reveals that his mother had a boyfriend who died in Vietnam, and he only learned about this after her death and neber got to speak with her about this.



* TheOner:Many scenes, particularly those of Arnaud breaking down, are filmed in one long, continuous shot, the most notable being the opening scene at the funeral.

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* TheOner:Many TheOner: Many scenes, particularly those of Arnaud breaking down, are filmed in one long, continuous shot, the most notable being the opening scene at the funeral.


* BlackBestFriend: Officer Nate Lewis, who comforts Arnaud outside of his work.


* TalkingToTheDead: Arnaud opens up to his mother's grave, though he initially thinks the exercise is stupid.

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* TalkingToTheDead: TalkingToTheDead:
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Arnaud opens up to his mother's grave, though he initially thinks the exercise is stupid.stupid.
** [[spoiler:He also tells his freshly deceased ex-wife that he'll never forgive her for dying on their daughter. Unlike most examples, this is done at the scene where she's found and not a grave.]]


''Thunder Road'' is an under-the-radar 2018 {{Dramedy}} film written by, directed by, and starring {{Creator/Jim Cummings|1987}} as Officer James Arnaud. Largely dialogue-driven, the film follows Arnaud in the days after his mother's funeral as he begins letting his grief interfere with his job, personal relationships, and custody battle for his daughter.

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''Thunder Road'' is an under-the-radar indie 2018 {{Dramedy}} film written by, directed by, and starring {{Creator/Jim Cummings|1987}} as Officer James Arnaud. Largely dialogue-driven, the film follows Arnaud in the days after his mother's funeral as he begins letting his grief interfere with his job, personal relationships, and custody battle for his daughter.

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* {{Beat}}: When Arnaud tells a self-deprecating joke to minimize some embarrassment, his daughter's teacher just stares blankly at him for an awkward moment before the conversation resumes.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Arnaud is socially awkward and extremely ill-equipped to handle his emotions, to the point that he [[spoilers:draws his firearm during an argument]].

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Arnaud is socially awkward and extremely ill-equipped to handle his emotions, to the point that he [[spoilers:draws [[spoiler:draws his firearm during an argument]].

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* RuleOfFunny: A darkly hilarious moment has Crystal's teacher slip a pair of scissors out of Arnaud's reach after his emotional outburst. Sharp-pointed scissors wouldn't be in a fourth-grade classroom, and there's no reason for them to be on the desk in this situation, but it makes the joke work.

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* ApologisesALot: In the midst of emotional breakdowns, Arnaud tends to do rude or insulting things and then immediately apologize for them.

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* TheOner:Many scenes, particularly those of Arnaud breaking down, are filmed in one long, continuous shot, the most notable being the opening scene at the funeral.


** Arnauld's custody battle for his daughter certainly qualifies.

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** Arnauld's Arnaud's custody battle for his daughter certainly qualifies.



* AmbiguousDisorder: Arnauld is socially awkward and extremely ill-equipped to handle his emotions, to the point that he [[spoilers:draws his firearm during an argument]].
* BlackBestFriend: Officer Nate Lewis, who comforts Arnauld outside of his work.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Arnauld Arnaud is socially awkward and extremely ill-equipped to handle his emotions, to the point that he [[spoilers:draws his firearm during an argument]].
* BlackBestFriend: Officer Nate Lewis, who comforts Arnauld Arnaud outside of his work.work.
* BookDumb: Arnaud has enough intelligence to be a cop, but he's not very educated. He admits that he got poor grades, disparages the university he attended and doesn't know what the word "strident" means. His dyslexia is likely part of the problem.



* BumblingDad: Played with a mixture of comedy and drama, as a lot of direct exchanges between Arnauld and his daughter are humorous, but really do contribute to his increasing desperation.

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* BumblingDad: Played with a mixture of comedy and drama, as a lot of direct exchanges between Arnauld Arnaud and his daughter are humorous, but really do contribute to his increasing desperation.



* HappilyMarried: Subverted. Arnauld accuses Nate of not being able to relate to his situation because he and his wife are in a good relationship. It's not expanded on much, but Nate assures him they have their problems.

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* {{Determinator}}: Arnaud's mother would soldier through everything without letting anyone know about it, which ultimately caused her untimely death when she let an injury go untreated too long.
* DisappearedDad: Arnaud and his siblings were raised by a single mother.
* HappilyMarried: Subverted. Arnauld Arnaud accuses Nate of not being able to relate to his situation because he and his wife are in a good relationship. It's not expanded on much, but Nate assures him they have their problems.



* InelegantBlubbering: Arnauld weeps openly and messily on quite a few occasions, most notably in the opening scene.
* ManChild: His grieving state amplifies it, but Arnauld definitely qualifies.
* MommasBoy: Arnauld was one to a T.

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* InelegantBlubbering: Arnauld Arnaud weeps openly and messily on quite a few occasions, most notably in the opening scene.
* ManChild: His grieving state amplifies it, but Arnauld Arnaud definitely qualifies.
* MommasBoy: Arnauld Arnaud was one to a T.T.
* OverprotectiveDad: Arnaud tells his daughter to stop hanging out with a boy at school, whom he suspects is a "slicker." He's clearly worried that she'll wind up like the 16-year-old he caught in a car with two "slickers." This is in spite of the fact that his daughter is just starting fourth grade.



* RiddleForTheAges: Arnauld puts something in a water cup outside his sister's house. It might be their mother's earrings, but we never see it.

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* RiddleForTheAges: Arnauld RiddleForTheAges:
** Arnaud
puts something in a water cup outside his sister's house. It might be their mother's earrings, but we never see it.
** Was Chris involved in [[spoiler:Rosalind]]'s death? How did it come about?



* TalkingToTheDead: Arnaud opens up to his mother's grave, though he initially thinks the exercise is stupid.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The movie's teaser was literally just an excerpt from Arnauld's breakdown outside the police station in response to [[spoiler:getting fired]].
* TheUnfavorite: Arnauld's sister complains that their mother loved him more than her, to the point that she gave him her hand-me-down earrings even though he's a man.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The movie's teaser was literally just an excerpt from Arnauld's Arnaud's breakdown outside the police station in response to [[spoiler:getting fired]].
* TheUnfavorite: Arnauld's Arnaud's sister complains that their mother loved him more than her, to the point that she gave him her hand-me-down earrings even though he's a man.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Arnauld is socially awkward and extremely ill-equipped to handle his emotions, to the point that he [[spoilers:draws his firearm during an argument]].



* InelegantBlubbering: Arnauld weeps openly and messily on quite a few occasions, most notably in the opening scene.



* ManlyTears: Shed quite a few by our protagonist from the very start to the very end.


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* RiddleForTheAges: Arnauld puts something in a water cup outside his sister's house. It might be their mother's earrings, but we never see it.


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* TheUnfavorite: Arnauld's sister complains that their mother loved him more than her, to the point that she gave him her hand-me-down earrings even though he's a man.


''Thunder Road'' is an under-the-radar 2018 {{Dramedy}} film written by, directed by, and starring Creator/JimCummings1987 as Officer James Arnaud. Largely dialogue-driven, the film follows Arnaud in the days after his mother's funeral as he begins letting his grief interfere with his job, personal relationships, and custody battle for his daughter.

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''Thunder Road'' is an under-the-radar 2018 {{Dramedy}} film written by, directed by, and starring Creator/JimCummings1987 {{Creator/Jim Cummings|1987}} as Officer James Arnaud. Largely dialogue-driven, the film follows Arnaud in the days after his mother's funeral as he begins letting his grief interfere with his job, personal relationships, and custody battle for his daughter.

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