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Screwed is a 2000 film about a chauffeur by the name of Willard Filmore (Norm Macdonald) who, fed up with his boss' abusive behavior, concocts a plan with his friend Rusty (Dave Chappelle) to kidnap her precious dog Muffin in order to get a ransom from her. However, something goes horribly wrong on the night of the heist. The dog escapes their custody, but the damage caused during the heist lead authorities to believe that it was Willard who was kidnapped, causing the two would-be dognappers to struggling to find a clean escape from an ever exacerbating situation.

The film also stars Elaine Stritch as Willard's crusty old boss Virginia Crock, Danny DeVito as a less-than-stable coroner,Sherman Hemsley as Ms. Crock's greedy sycophantic partner, and Sarah Silverman as Willard's girlfriend Hillary.


This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Kidnapping: When Miss Crock's dog, Muffin, escapes from Willard and Rusty, the public think WILLARD was kidnapped.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Ms. Crock delivers one after the Chip tells her that the Danes are going to cancel their deal and walk if she doesn't save her company's reputation, leading to a Distant Reaction Shot of her letting out a single echoing "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!" before cutting to a press conference of her agreeing to pay the ransom.
  • Bad Boss: Miss Virginia Crock.
  • Berserk Button: Willard loses it twice in the film. First, he gets a pie and cufflinks for Christmas instead of a new suit. Then, near the film's climax, he finally rages at Miss Crock for her mistreatment of him throughout the years.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Willard gets bitten by Miss Crock's dog while trying to kidnap him, and his blood sprays all over the place.
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  • Born into Slavery: Willard lived in Miss Crock's house his whole life, taking up his father's position as manservant of the house.
  • Butt-Monkey: Everybody.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Nobody gets away with anything in this film.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Grover leads a Jack Lord fan club, is a coroner who likes to collect the trinkets he finds in dead bodies, and owns an M60 Machine Gun and RPG Launcher.
  • Death Faked for You: Willard attempts to work with a coroner by the name of Grover Cleaver, but of course, this goes wrong.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: After everyone thinks Willard is the victim, he and Rusty improvise more and more wild plans to milk the situation for more money and dissuade the cops from investigating further.
  • Gone Horribly Right: When Willard and Rusty find out Muffin escaped, they formulate a new plan to get money from Miss Crock.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: This film LIVES this trope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the end, Miss Crock lightens up after coming clean with him why she was always so hard on him, letting him retire with a generous severance, and even sends Willard a new suit and her best wishes for Willard's time at a community college.
  • Kids Are Cruel: See Satisfied Street Rat below.
  • Loony Fan: Grover Cleaver is one of Jack Lord. He is the President and sole member of a Jack Lord fan club and the single full-sized cardboard figure of Lord as Steve McGarrett he owns, in contrast to his dusty and Spartan room, is as creepy as a full-blown Room Full of Crazy.
  • Oh, Crap!: This film is FULL of these moments.
  • Punny Name: Willard Filmore and Grover Cleaver are both plays on the names of U.S. Presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland.
  • Satisfied Street Rat: Willard encounters two after getting the suitcase with the ransom money.
  • The Coroner: Grover Cleaver
  • Toilet Humor: "Sweet Jesus, we kidnapped a turd!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Arguably the main protagonist duo, but Grover is something special. First he picks out a corpse that is all kinds of wrong for the purposes of impersonating Willard (the only details he got right were the gender and skin color of the body), then he just dumps the body at a wax museum in broad daylight (giving police an incredibly accurate sketch for the wanted posters), then opts to just kidnap Ms Crock himself and writes a ransom note on his own personalize stationary.

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