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Film / The Test (2012)

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The Test is a 2012 Romantic Comedy independent film, written and directed by Jeremy Saville.

Nathan (also Saville) apparently has it all: A good, well-paying job, a close circle of friends and a is set to marry Julia (Kelly Sullivan), his beautiful fiance, who's head-over-heels in love with him. However, doubt sets in when he begins to suspect Julia may actually be marrying him only to spend his money. So at the suggestion of his buddies he decides to put Julia through a series of Secret Test of Character to prove that she truly loves him.


The Test provides example of:

  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: This is how Julia finds out about Nathan's "test", when during the wedding, Ron strikes a chat with Kent thanking him for disguising himself as a robber and revealing to him the entire test.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Todd, who was the one who originally proposed Nathan to "test" Julia and helped him in several of his schemes, is disgusted and calls Nathan a sick guy when he tells him about his final "test" of faking a coma.
  • Fidelity Test: Nathan's first test is to get a rich and handsome actor to hit on Julia to see if she is only interested in looks and money.
  • Gaslighting: Several of the "tests" consist on making Julia think something bad is happening to them in order to put her under stress,
  • Gold Digger: Julia expressing how she loves lavish spending, and gushing on how their wedding will cost over $150,000 makes Nathan suspect she is this. Turns out she truly loves him and she loves lavish spending because is nice and just wants her wedding to be truly special.
  • He-Man Woman Hater:
    • Todd, he is mentioned to have been hurt in the past, and holds a dim view of women, monogamy and relationships. Which is why he is the first one to suggest that Julia only wants to marry Nathan for his money.
    • Implied Trope for Julia's boss, since it's mentioned that he is Todd's former frat buddy, and how he enthusiastically agreed to participate on the "test" since he has been divorced 3 times already.
  • Humiliation Conga: After Julia learns about the "tests" and exposes Nathan in front of all the wedding guests, he gets dumped by Julia, fired for real from his job and disowned by his family.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Ron's take to the fact that Julia didn't take the card of the handsome actor:
    "She just wasn’t tempted enough! This means that she’s thinking about him instead of you!"
  • Oh, Crap!: Ron, when after Julia overhears him talking to Kent about the "tests", she exits the bathroom in front of them and goes to confront Nathan.
    Ron: Oh shit...
  • I Think You Broke Her: Julia, after getting fired from her job goes into an Heroic BSoD, wondering that "maybe homelessness won't be so bad after all.."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Julia delivers it to Nathan twice: First during the wedding when she learns about the "tests" and calls out Nathan in front of all the guests, and second near the end when Nathan is threatening to kill himself.
    • Nathan's father gives him another right after Julia's.
      "I can't believe this came out of my dick!"
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: In-universe, Nathan's "testing" (which amounted to actual abuse) of Julia getting exposed causes him to get fired for real from his job.
  • Secret Test of Character: Nathan and his friends devise a series of "stress" tests for Julia, which include:
    • Setting her up with rich and handsome guy.
    • Nathan pretending to be fired and under criminal investigation.
    • Convincing Julia's boss to temporarily fire her.
    • Kent disguising as a burglar and threaten Nathan and Julia with a handgun in order to see if she would take the bullet for him.
    • Nathan faking a coma and then that he's amnesiac.
  • Taking the Bullet: In another test, Nathan pays one of his friends to act as a masked burglar and threaten him and Julia with a handgun, with Nathan expecting Julia to jump in and take the bullet for him.
  • Token Minority: Ron is the only black friend of Nathan's circle.

Alternative Title(s): The Test