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Film / Big Stan

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Big Stan is 2007 comedy film directed, produced by and starring Rob Schneider.

Wealthy real estate con artist Stan Minton (Schneider) is found guilty of conning elderly people out of their savings and is sentenced to three years in prison, but thanks to the loophole found by his lawyer Lew Popper (M. Emmet Walsh), he's given 6 months to get his affairs in order. Stan is deathly afraid of being raped in prison, much to his wife Mindy's (Jennifer Morrison) worry, and as a desperate measure, he enlists a help of a drifter known only as "The Master" (David Carradine) to learn kung-fu and other necessary skills to make his stay in prison much safer.


The movie has the following tropes:

  • Always Second Best: The Master calls Stan his second-best student. After he beats Dang, he's still behind Mindy in the rank.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Stan basically becomes the prison's unofficial leader by kicking the crap out of every tough inmate.
  • Attempted Rape: Dang attempts to violate Stan after knocking him to the ground, but Stan quickly turns the tables on his opponent.
  • Church of Happyology: Shorts warns Stan to keep away from scientologists, claiming that "they will talk your ear off and then sue your ass".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Shorts tells Stan that he's masturbating often on his bed, which disgusts Stan.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Stan has one on his shoulder, an image of his mother with the word "Mommy". An ex-con tells him that this sort of tattoo will not make anyone respect him, so he makes it more intimidating, adding the word "Killer".
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  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: The Master teaches Stan how to use the Finger of Death technique, making his right middle finger hard enough to break through wood. Dang also has the knowledge of this technique.
  • Fingore: Stan breaks Big Raymond's fingers to make him stop preying on weaker inmates.
  • Flipping the Bird: Stan picks his middle finger as the Finger of Death for the added insult.
  • Gentle Giant: Big Raymond, after Stan teaches him a lesson and helps him find a partner.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Most of the gang members, but especially Patterson, who goes from hating the very idea of socializing with other races to becoming a close friend of Stan's and the other gang leaders.
  • Instant Chucks: Stan makes himself some nunchucks out of three bars of soap and a cord.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Robbie the Hippie, which makes him an instant target of Big Raymond.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: Stan turns the entire Oaksburg Penitentiary into one, promoting the ideas of peace and harmony and making it almost safe for everyone.
  • Masochist's Meal: The Master makes Stan eat some vile stuff during the course of his training, including raw liver of a bull, live snakes and scorpions. A side effect of that is that Stan considers prison food to be actually tasty.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Stan assumes that Mindy is cheating on him with the Master after a misinterpreted phone call. It turns out that the Master is actually impotent and is training Mindy to be a martial artist.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: The Master is in the bedroom doing some intense motions while porn is playing in the background. As the camera zooms out, it turns out he was literally polishing a sword.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Patterson and his branch of Aryan Nation. Stan manages to make them stop promoting their more extreme ideas and even helps them befriend other gangs.
  • Prison Rape:
    • Stan is afraid of being raped in prison, which forces him to seek out the Master's help. He even has something terrifying tattooed onto his anus to scare away would-be rapists. Also, he has his wife penetrate him so he can get used to the sensation in the event all his preparations fail.
    • Big Raymond is said to be a notorious prison rapist. Stan eventually helps him realize that he's actually homosexual and should find a willing partner within the prison population.
    • Patterson gets violated by the Diamond Kings after trying to attack Stan in the shower and being thoroughly thrashed by him.
  • Prison Riot: Warden Gasque gives the inmates weapons in an attempt to cause one that would lead to the prison closing down. Thankfully, Shorts and the others have a different idea in mind and instead participate in a dance performance.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Dang is revealed to be the Master's first student, who disappointed him by getting involved with the crime world.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: Dang is a high-ranking member of Vietnamese mafia, deeply involved with Warden Gasque.
  • Scary Black Man: Cleon, leader of the Diamond Kings, is set up to be one, until Stan knocks his teeth out.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Zig-zagged. While years of smoking have numbed the Master's hands to the point that he no longer feels pain in them, cigarettes have also caused erectile dysfunction.
  • Training from Hell: The Master's training is quite brutal, having Stan pelted with steel balls, suspended on his nipples and so on.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Warden Francis Gasgue is a corrupt and greedy boss of the Oaskburg Prison who frankly doesn't care about the health of his inmates and gang warfare, intending to cause a riot that would lead to the prison being closed down and demolished with Gasque and his partner Dang getting the land to build timeshares.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Dang is weak to nipple twisters, and Stan uses it against him during their confrontation.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The second half of the movie is basically repeating The Shawshank Redemption, only with real estate scams instead of tax fraud and with a lot more ridiculous elements.