Follow TV Tropes

Following

Film / Ocean's 8

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/oceans8_30.jpg
"Do not run a job in a job."
"So whatever happens tonight, I want you to remember one thing. You are not doing this for me. You are not doing this for you. Somewhere out there is an 8 year old girl, lying in bed and dreaming of being a criminal... Let's do this for her."
Advertisement:

Ocean's 8 is a heist film directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Nora 'Awkwafina' Lum, as well as featuring Richard Armitage and James Corden in supporting roles.

It is intended as a sequel and spinoff of the Ocean's Eleven films, this time featuring an all female team of thieves and con-artists. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, (the main star and director of the original Ocean's trilogy respectively) are acting as producers of the film.

In the film, Danny Ocean's estranged sister Debbie (played by Bullock), who happens to be an ex-con herself assembles her own team of criminal masterminds to pull off a heist to steal a hugely expensive necklace from the Metropolitan Museum Gala and frame a crooked gallery owner.

Advertisement:

Ocean's 8 was released on June 8, 2018.

Previews: Trailer 1. Trailer 2


Ocean's 8 contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Daphne Kluger recounts a story where she was schooled on royal etiquette.
  • Affectionate Pickpocket: In Constance's first scene, she swipes a man's watch while hugging him.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While Debbie was obviously in love with Claude Becker in the past and no mention at all is made of Lou's sexuality, some of their actions and statements about their past together hint at a deeper relationship between the two than simply friends and partners in crime. So is this truly a case of Hide Your Lesbians, or just merely a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship? The film never clarifies their relationship.
    Lou: Oh honey, is this a proposal?
    Debbie: Baby, I don't have a diamond yet.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Nine-Ball's tween sister. She outs Nine-Ball's real name, and generally annoys the hacker.
  • Advertisement:
  • Anti-Hero Team: To an even greater degree than previous movies in the franchise, since the Eight and their cohorts are all anti-heroes, being thieves and con-artists that the audience are expected to root for; unlike Danny and company the target of their theft is not a millionaire jerkass or competing thief, but a museum and jewelry company.
  • Bad “Bad Acting”: What clues Daphne in to the gang's plan. Rose was just going too over the top on Daphne being the perfect model for the necklace and gushing over her. As Daphne puts it, "If there's one thing I know, it's bad acting."
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Two key aspects of the plan rely entirely on Daphne Kluger doing exactly what Debbie and the crew expect her to. To wit:
      • Than when faced with the rumor that Rose will be dressing a starlet younger than her for the Gala, Daphne will choose Rose as her own designer.
      • That sitting Claude next to her at a pre-Gala function will be enough to get her to invite him as her date to the MET Gala.
    • Nine-Ball hacks the MET's security system by exploiting one person's obsession with dogs.
  • Beneath Notice:
    • How part of the gang infiltrates the Gala; Constance dresses as a waitress, Amita dresses as a cook, and Lou dresses as a caterer. Tammy also weaponizes the fact that she's been hired to work the event for real. Before that, Nine-Ball bugs the security team by pretending to be a janitor. Averted, however, by Debbie, who pretends to be a model. Because she wants to be spotted.
    • Exploited. Debbie explicitly tells Lou that she only wants women for the con because women in general are this trope — people tend to notice men but don't spare two glances for women.
  • Big Applesauce: Unlike Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen (two previous films that played The Caper straight) which are Las Vegas casinos-based, this film is set in New York and the main heist takes place at the Met Gala.
  • Bilingual Bonus / Tactful Translation: While Rose's speech in French about how the Toussaint could be going viral instead of rotting in a vault is subtitled, the English subtitles translate it as 'nestled in the ample bosom of Daphne Kluger'. The word Rose uses is nichons, which is a rather vulgar slang term that is better translated as 'boobs' than 'bosom'.
  • Book-Ends: The movie starts and ends with Debbie visiting a tombstone with Danny's name on it.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Touissant mockup made of safety pins that Rose designs Daphne's dress around (since obviously they won't let the real one out of the vault until the actual Gala) later becomes part of the new collection she starts with her take.
    • Early on, Constance asks Debbie to buy her a Metro Card, since she's having to skateboard all the way from Queens every day. Debbie promises that if they pull the heist off, she'll buy everyone on the team a MetroCard. Sure enough, the last scene shows all the ladies riding the subway together, implying Debbie followed through.
  • Bus Crash: Sometime before Debbie's release from prison, Danny Ocean died, or at least is widely believed to be dead. Even Debbie has her doubts about that.
    Debbie: (addressing Danny's grave) It'd better be you in there.
  • The Cameo:
    • During the Met Gala itself, a great number of celebrities appear as themselves for brief scenes, including Anna Wintour, Zayn Malik, Katie Holmes, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, Adriana Lima, Kylie Jenner, Alexander Wang, Nina Cuso, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Olivia Munn, Zac Posen, Hailey Baldwin, Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Heidi Klum, Waris Ahluwalia, and many more.
    • Elliot Gould appears as Reuben Tischkoff, to pay his respects to Danny, and tell Debbie that her brother believed that her plan could work, but that she shouldn't go through with it.
    • Dakota Fanning has a couple of minutes of screentime as Penelope Stern, a young starlet whom Daphne is jealous of.
    • Shaobo Qin's Amazing Yen appears long enough to help Lou with stealing the real prize: the jewelry on display in the new Elizabethan Fashion exhibit.
  • Camera Spoofing: Nine-Ball hacks the security company's computers and gradually expands a blindspot in the camera coverage outside the restrooms to be 12 ft. long; allowing for a switch that is vital to The Caper.
  • Caper Crew: You can't have a heist movie without one.
  • The Caper: As with the previous Ocean's movies, the main plot will revolve around this, the focus this time being on the titular team plotting a heist to steal a priceless necklace from the Met Gala. The real object of the heist is not just "The Toussaint" necklace around Daphne's neck but ALL the crown jewels from the exhibit.
  • Caper Rationalization: Interestingly defied in this instance. This is the first film in the Ocean's franchise that doesn't try to rationalize the main character's criminal actions in any way. Debbie and her team are trying to pull off the heist simply because they can. Debbie says as much herself when asked by Lou why she wants to do it, her reply is simply that it's because it's what she's good at. There is a sub-plot where Debbie manages to make the troublesome ex who betrayed her the fall guy for the theft, but that seems rather incidental and more a case of two birds, one stone than being an actual rationalization.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Chained to a Bed: Claude Becker is conned this way. Daphne seduces him into being tied up, then while he's tied up, plants evidence of the heist on him.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Early on Lou grabs a toy submarine. It's used to help with stealing the crown jewels.
    • The crown jewels are stolen as part of the heist.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The title is Ocean's 8 but the trailer shows only seven members in Debbie's group. So who's the eighth member? Anne Hathaway's character Daphne, who oddly is also the mark.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: One high-ranking employee for the MET Gala's security firm is very easily conned by clickbait and has comparatively pathetic security on his own files, allowing Nine-Ball to easily obtain the security plan for the event.
  • Complexity Addiction: Debbie, just like her brother. She's back at it after being in prison for five years and, from the sound of it, spending most of her time behind bars plotting this movie's heist. She says herself that after three years, she wasn't getting caught when she ran the plan in her head. After five years, she's got it down to a science. Lampshaded by Frazier's question about if the whole Ocean clan is genetically predisposed towards thievery and revenge schemes.
    Lou: Why do you need to do this?
    Debbie: Because it's what I'm good at.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike her brother Danny, who had to tangle with ruthless, vengeful and powerful casino owners or jealous master thieves, the only individual enemy Debbie has to contest with is an up and coming art dealer.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Danny is referenced as having died offscreen. Maybe.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Nine-Ball appears to consider her real name to be this, and is annoyed when her little sister reveals that it's Leslie.
  • The Face: Rose is chosen because she's desperate enough to need the money but has enough fame to get hired to dress Daphne for the gala.
  • Faking the Dead: Debbie is unsure if Danny is actually dead though it's never confirmed one way or another.
  • Fanservice: Anne Hathaway wearing a sexy nightie and handcuffing shirtless Richard Armitage to a bed. A good time is had by all.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Lou only shows up a little during the gala, while all the other women are constantly featured. She's working on the other part of the heist, where they steal the crown jewels, and so what she was up to isn't featured until later.
    • Lou buying the toy submarine.
    • Daphne jokingly says she wishes she could get her hands on the jewels on display at the Met. Except she's not joking. When she sees an opportunity to join the heist, she jumps on it... and inadvertently helps steal those same jewels!
    • While talking to Frazier, Daphne says she didn't notice if anyone was in the bathroom with her. Except Constance got very close to her and even spoke to her briefly, so isn't it a bit odd that Daphne didn't remember that? Turns out she did remember. She was just lying to cover the others.
    • Doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, but Daphne briefly hesitates when she is given her soup before taking a big spoonful of the spiked part of the meal. Almost as if she somehow has knowledge of what has been added to her food, and what is about to happen to her digestive tract.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Two instances:
    • In the backstory, Debbie was a willing participant of Claude's art selling scam, but she was framed as the sole mastermind behind it.
    • Debbie returns the favor by framing Claude for a crime he had nothing whatsoever to do with, as punishment for getting away clean the last time.
  • Friendly Enemy: John Frazier, the insurance fraud investigator who has busted Danny, Debbie and their father, is on excellent terms with Debbie. Lou jokingly calls him practically family.
  • Friend in the Black Market: While she was in prison, Debbie ran a black market cigarette operation in complicity with one of the guards. When she leaves she tells the guard that the shipments will continue to arrive on schedule.
  • Friendship Moment: Best buds Debbie and Lou get lots of these. Lou gleefully and affectionately hugs and kisses Debbie on the head the first time that she sees her after Debbie's release from prison. Debbie insists that she would never dream of pulling off the heist without Lou by her side. Then witness how worried Debbie looks near the end when she doesn't know if Lou managed to get out of the MET safely after the heist, and then that wonderful little relief filled smile once she sees Lou sauntering towards her in her sparkly green jumpsuit.
    Debbie: I have run this thing a thousand times. Every time I got caught, I fixed it. And in three years, I wasn't getting caught anymore. By the time I was paroled, it was running like clockwork. Perfectly. And you were there with me, every step of the way.
  • Funny Background Event: Used deliberately by Debbie and Lou in universe. They stand at a window just in Rose's eye line during her lunch meeting with Daphne and try to distract her by staring ominously and shooting bubble guns. The point is to ensure that Rose doesn't get flustered and fawn over Daphne to keep her interested, and it works.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Danny Ocean died sometime before Debbie's release from prison. Debbie visits his grave twice, the first time after her release, and she's greeted and warned by Reuben Tishkoff, the second time after pulling off the heist, bringing herself a cocktail and toasting at the grave with it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The crew manipulates Daphne into choosing Rose as her designer for the Gala by exploiting her jealousy of a much younger starlet.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy:
    • The security Cartier hires to protect the Toussaint is supposedly the best in the world, and yet none of them considers that they might need to add a female member to a team that is supposed to shadow a woman every minute of the evening. Sure enough, another woman snapping at them angrily in German is enough to keep them out of the ladies' room and away from the necklace.
    • The head of the company in charge of the MET's security systems comes off as a whiny, incompetent imbecile every second he is on screen. The crew are able to dance circles around him and his staff with ease. His father started the company, however, which implies he may not have gotten the job on his merits as a security professional.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: This is Lou's whole aesthetic. She is always dressed like a Suzi Quatro-esque glam rock chick, complete with skin-tight leather, velvet and nifty waistcoats.
  • Heroic Seductress: Once she joins the crew, Daphne has no problem whatsoever sexing up Claude to plant the evidence that leads to him taking the fall for the heist.
  • Hidden Depths: Daphne Kluger appears to be nothing more than a vain actress for the first two acts of the movie, but she’s actually quite intelligent and observant enough to figure out the crew's plan and get in touch with them afterwards to join in. She's also lonely and thinks the heist gang would make good pals.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: How the gang smuggle the necklace out of the Met: After Amita breaks it off into separate pieces, each woman walks right out of the museum wearing them as bracelets, earrings, etc.
  • Hollywood Density: The Toussaint necklace supposedly weights 6 pounds, but you wouldn't know it from the way most characters handle it on screen. Particularly egregious is the fact that the busboy doesn't notice when 6 lbs of diamonds are casually dropped on his tray.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Averted. The method by which Nine Ball hacks into the Met's security network is plausible. She sends one of the security system managers an email which contains a link to a website which installs spyware on their computer. She also researches his publicly-available Facebook profile and uses Social Engineering to figure out what email he would most likely click without thinking.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason why Daphne decides to join the crew instead of turning them in when she figures out their plan. She doesn't have any friends and she wants some.
  • Implausible Deniability: Tammy justifies the massive amounts of stolen consumer goods in her garage (e.g. a ceiling-high stack of Keurig machines) with "Ebay."
  • Improbably Female Cast: This is likely the first live action film ever centered around a highly skilled gang of career criminals and hackers pulling off a massive heist that are all female. Except when Yen helps Lou pull off the theft of the crown jewels in the exhibit that is. Slightly lampshaded by Debbie herself when she comments that she specifically wants a female team because women go Beneath Notice more than men do.
  • Inappropriate Role Model: Debbie says she's doing this heist for all the little girls who want to become criminals.
  • In Love with the Mark: Debbie used to be in love with a well-off gallery owner who framed her. Subverted, in that their relationship didn't stop him from framing her in the first place, and it's dubious that he ever really loved her. By the time of the film, when Debbie decides to frame him, she doesn't like him at all.
  • Insurance Fraud: Frazier does not dismiss the possibility of insurance fraud when investigating the theft of the necklace.
  • It Runs in the Family: It seems like the Ocean family are genetically wired to pull heists (and get revenge at the same time). Except for an Aunt Ida, apparently.
    Inspector Frazier: Librarian?
    Debbie: Homemaker.
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Constance easily swipes a pass from a security firm employee, allowing Nine-Ball to plant a bug in the firm's office while pretending to be a janitor.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: After the fact, the authorities all focus on the theft of the very high-profile Toussaint necklace. Debbie and Lou intended this as a distraction from the other, far bigger crime — the theft of all the jewelry from the Elizabethan exhibit.
  • Jerkass: Debbie's ex, Claude Becker, an art dealer. She used to run small scams for him to help drive his prices up, but when a bigger scheme fell through he let her take all the blame without hesitation.
  • Lady in Red: Nine-Ball cleans up real nice like this.
  • Laser Hallway: The crown jewels in the MET exhibit are protected by a criss-cross network of lasers that are invisible to the naked eye. This comes into play late in the film when The Amazing Yen uses his contortionist skills to hang above and navigate the lasers to steal the jewels with Lou and replace them with fake replicas.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are eight main characters, and that's not even getting into the supporting cast!
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Played with. Debbie's plan rakes in more cash than any of Danny's, but on the other hand, her team faced considerably smaller obstacles—their victim being a Small Name, Big Ego art dealer instead of a high-powered casino kingpin, for one—to their goal and had to call in a member of Danny's team to pull off the final heist.
  • My Beloved Smother: How do Lou and Debbie convince Amita to join the team? Pointing out that with the money, Amita would finally be able to move out of her mother's house.
  • Nice Girl: Amita is shown to be the kindest and most innocent member of the team.
  • Oh, Crap!: No one has worn the Touissant in 50 years. This means the team doesn't know the clasp can only be undone by a special magnet until practically the day of the heist, which causes Rose to have this reaction.
  • The One Guy: The Amazing Yen assists Debbie and her otherwise all female team, using his contortionist and acrobatic skills to help Lou steal and replace the priceless jewelry in the Met exhibit.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The scene where Daphne first tries on the Toussaint is shown again after the reveal that Daphne was in on the con, with the second airing clarifying that she saw Rose filming and figured out what was going on.
  • Overly Long Gag: Rose looking at the necklace from different angles as her glasses slowly upload an image piece by piece, so a counterfeit can be made later.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: Constance can easily swipe things from people by bumping into them.
  • The Prima Donna: Daphne is a parody of this type of character, being self absorbed and bitchy.
  • Plot Hole: The gang is unaware of the special lock the necklace has, and they would not have had time to add it before the gala. So, how did the guards not notice that there was no special magnetic lock when they had to put the Toussaint back on Daphne's neck?
    • Possibly when Nine-Ball's sister arrives with the tool for Constance, she also brings a similar magnetic lock for Amita to quickly replace on the false Toussaint.
  • Police are Useless: After the heist the biggest threat to Debbie and the crew doesn't come from the police, but from Frazier the insurance investigator.
  • Posthumous Character: Danny Ocean died before the film's beginning (probably—even Debbie's not sure) but he's mentioned a few times. Meeting at Danny's crypt, Reuben Tischkoff tells Debbie he believed in her plan but thought she shouldn't implement it.
  • Prisoner's Dilemma: Debbie loses the game in its classic form in the flashback: she goes to jail because Claude pins the blame for the con on her, while she remains silent.
  • Reality Ensues: Everyone on the team can act except Rose, who is the one member who isn't either experienced at acting, or experienced at conning people- because she's just a fashion designer.
  • Revenge: Debbie isn't just looking to pull a heist, she wants revenge as well on her ex, Claude Becker. By framing him for it like he framed her in the past.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • Constance sticks to street outfits for the majority of the movie but as part of the heist, dons a stunningly gorgeous blue dress. She also looks equally good in a wait staff tux before the dress comes out.
    • Nine-Ball is in the same boat as Constance only she becomes a Lady in Red.
  • Shout-Out: Daphne compares insurance investigator Frazier to Columbo.
    • The insurance investigator being good friends with Debbie, a thief, and willing to let it slide if she returns the necklace is similar to Nate (and later Sterling) from Leverage.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Amita, as shown when she swipes right on a guy she sees on Tinder because, in her words, "He looks kind."
  • Sixth Ranger: Daphne Kluger was not part of the crew during the heist, but figured it all out independently and joined them in the aftermath to insure the crew got away clean. This explains the title number of 8 while the crew only has seven women.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • For most of the movie, Daphne comes off as a vapid prima donna. Except she figures out what's really going on, and decides to collude with the thieves. Lampshaded when she comments that she figured it out because, in her words, she's not "a freakin' idiot."
    • Rose comes off as a kooky, scatterbrained weirdo for most of the movie and is introduced having a nervous breakdown eating Nutella out of the jar behind the scenes of her latest disastrous fashion show, but has the quick wits and presence of mind to alert the rest of the team to a sudden change in plans and film the magnetic clasp in enough detail for it to be replicated.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Amita is friendly and earnest, but somewhat awkward around others. Constance has to help her use Tinder, and she's still living with and under the thumb of her domineering mother at the start of the movie. The end of the movie shows she's improving.
  • Soft Reboot: The film takes place in the same continuity as the George Clooney remake Ocean's Eleven, with the new Debbie Ocean being Danny Ocean's sister. However, the film is in many ways a remake of that film, opening with a scene of Ocean at a parole hearing giving Exact Words to get themselves released from prison, continuing with them recruiting a blond haired confidant and then recruiting a number of skilled con artists and other specialists. Further, there is even a remake of the briefing scene where Ocean shows a slide-show of a planned heist that will make them approximately $150 million. One of the confidants is convinced to come out of retirement after being told the size of the job. And, this Ocean is also running a personal job within her heist job, like in the previous versions, something her second-in-command is once again not happy about, and this time, the patsy is a gallery owner like Tess in the original series.
  • Spin-Offspring: Ocean's 8, which is set in the same continuity as the Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen trilogy, is about Danny's sister Debbie Ocean organizing a new heist with an all-female crew. Danny himself is said to have died between movies, although Debbie suspects he probably faked it.
  • Spotting the Thread: One character is able to zero in on several details that allow them to figure out the plan to steal the necklace. Specifically, Daphne notices Rose's bad acting and realizes that her food had to have been tampered with.
  • Standard Snippet: A remix of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor plays during Debbie's flashback of Claude Becker and during Becker's interrogation.
  • Stunned Silence: Daphne is stunned into paralysis when she finds out that her cut of the heist is well over 36 million dollars.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: John Frazier, the insurance investigator looking into the Toussaint's theft, is one of the nicest characters in the movie. When he meets Debbie they talk like old friends and he is even willing to let her get away scot-free if she just returns the necklace.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Lou pours a compound in Daphne's soup which makes her violently ill and sends her running for the bathroom to vomit.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers make it appear like Daphne is this movie's Terry Benedict. To wit, a wealthy jerk who earned Ocean's enmity and is being targeted both for her wealth and for revenge. In reality, Daphne is just a ditzy and self-absorbed actress the team is using as a convenient pawn. Until she reveals her Hidden Depths in figuring out the job and elbows her way into the team. Revenge is actually aimed at Debbie's ex, Claude Becker, though the payoff occurs only well after the gala.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Nine-Ball and Constance are the most disheveled members of the team, the former usually wearing torn jeans and flannels, and the latter sticking to hoodies, jeans, and beanies. But no matter what they're wearing... it's still Rihanna and Awkwafina. When they clean up, though, the effect is jaw-dropping.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: It's only after the theft that Daphne reveals she didn't fall for Rose's act. It's only after the revenge plan is fulfilled that Daphne and the audience learn that Debbie's team took advantage of the distraction caused by Daphne's necklace being stolen to steal other jewels from the museum.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Daphne throws up in the toilet after having her food tampered with by Lou.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The gang is chilling out at their hideout after the theft when Daphne strolls in and announces "You guys are SO fucked."
    • Followed closely after by The Reveal that while they stole the necklace, Lou stole all the other jewelry at the Gala.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • Lou owns a big motorcycle and a house up in the hills.
    • Tammy buys a warehouse to store all her fenced goods.
    • Constance bought a penthouse and is working on becoming a social media star.
    • Nine-Ball bought a billiard hall and bar to run as a legitimate business.
    • Rose gets her fashion cred back and opens a new store.
    • Amita goes on a date with the cute guy from Tinder on a fancy restaurant in Paris.
    • Daphne has gotten into directing, even working with "Anne Hathaway."
    • Debbie returns to Danny's grave, pours herself a martini from a shaker in her coat, and tells Danny how he would have loved it.

Top

Example of:

/

Feedback