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Film / Dear Wendy

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A 2005 film written by Lars von Trier and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, with a surprising amount of talent behind it, such as Jamie Bell, Alison Pill and Mark Webber (both starred in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Michael Angarano and Bill Pullman.

It is set in a small mining town set in the South of the USA. Set about the life of Dick Dandelion (Jamie Bell) who is discontent with life until Stevie (Mark Webber) opens him up to the world of firearms. The two become budding friends over their gun enthusiasm and thus set up a club to invite other such youths who feel they live crummy lives.

These youths come together to form the Dandies. A group of young gun lovers who call themselves "pacifists with guns" and begin to gain confidence in their everyday lives from their ability to carry and use guns. Eventually however things spiral out of control which sets into the theme about the dangers of guns.



  • Doesn't Like Guns: The protagonist at first.
  • Firing One-Handed: Pretty much all the Dandies shoot this way.
  • Guns Akimbo: Alison Pill's character is the only one who gets this.
  • I Call It "Vera": All the Dandies name their guns. The guns have both masculine and feminine names.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: "Dear Wendy, this was a total F**kup."
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Yep, pretty much all the characters as they get nice little bull's-eyes and excellent clusters. Heck, Jamie Bell's character can get bull's-eyes firing blindfolded with just one hand!
  • Pinball Projectile: Alison Pill's character specialises at this.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: The Dandies are careful to avoid this at first, but eventually it happens.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: The Dandies like old style guns, and Jamie Bell's own personal gun "Wendy," happens to be one of these.
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  • Shooting Gallery: It's a film about gun enthusiasts, so this is a given. Happens in an underground chamber, since they live in a mining town.
  • Technical Pacifist: The Dandies call themselves: "pacifists with guns" with a strict code, that prohibits them from firing, or even revealing their weapon in public, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Trigger-Happy: At first, the Dandies have strict laws as to where they can fire, but toward the end of the film, it pretty much devolves into this.