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Film / Catfight

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Catfight is a 2016 independent film starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche as Veronica and Ashley, college frenemies who encounter each other twenty years after their college days. The two of them spend the film allowing their verbal barbs to become all-out fistfights. Alicia Silverstone plays Lisa, Ashley's partner.

Catfight provides examples of:

  • All Part of the Show: the attendees at Ashley's art opening think that the fistfight that breaks out between Ashley and Veronica is a piece of performance art, and break out into applause when Ashley and Veronica leave the gallery to continue a running brawl down the street.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite getting into brawls that leave both characters, in turn, comatose, and that should by rights do things like knock out teeth and leave the combatants disfigured, Veronica and Ashley retain their good looks.
  • Brainless Beauty: Veronica initially comes across as an airhead. This isn't down to any innate lack of intelligence but more a combination of a lifestyle where she simply doesn't do much other than look good and her own drinking. Ashley even explicitly calls her a trophy wife. She does grow out of it.
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  • Catfight: Subverted. The fistfights Veronica and Ashley get into are serious combat, intended to inflict serious damage.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Veronica's Aunt Charlie, who names and talks to individual trees.
  • Convenient Coma: Both lead characters end up in one, in turn, to allow time to pass and events in the outside world to happen.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Aunt Charlie.
  • Improvised Weapon: Used by both Veronica and Ashley, a lot.
  • Jerkass: Both Veronica and Ashley, as well as many of the other characters in the movie with whom they interact.
  • Lady Drunk: Veronica, to her husband's embarrassment.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: In universe, The War on Terror escalates to the point where the United States brings back a military draft and commits millions of troops...and ultimately wins the War on Terror decisively.
  • Starving Artist: Ashley, at the beginning of the movie.
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  • Tiger Mom: Veronica is one of these to her son.
  • Toilet Humour: A character on an in-universe comedy TV show is known as "Fart Machine". Guess what he does.