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"There's three rules; No private property, no one is allowed to leave, and you don't do the dirty deed with your next of kin."
Daddy-O
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Welcome to Woop Woop is a 1997 Australian comedy film.

Teddy is an American man selling Australian Bush Cockatoos on the NYC black market to pay off a debt. When men come for the money, shots are fired and his birds are set free. Teddy follows them and runs away to hide in Australia, where he meets Angie, who he thinks is the girl of his dreams - until she knocks him up, knocks him out, and brings him home. He wakes up trapped in Woop Woop, an isolated town with a population of 50 and every one family (hence Rule #3). The town is run by Daddy-O, Angie's father, who very aggressively enforces the three town rules (see quote). The only entertainment is "Rogerson Hammerstein (sic)", the only snacks are pineapple chunks, and the town industry is producing canned dog food made from kangaroo meat.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Abduction Is Love: Angie knocked out and drugged Teddy in order to marry him and take him home.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Angie mistakenly pronounces Rogers and Hammerstein as "Rogerson Hammerstein". Justified as she has spent her life in an isolated town.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Australian Bush Cockatoos. Angie's sister Krystal has one as a pet. Teddy, Krystal and the cockatoo all three later escape and go back to NYC to open a pet shop.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Angie lies to Teddy about being pregnant. Played Straight when Ginger tells Teddy it's fake, Subverted when she had twins.
  • Gold Digger: Angie, downplayed. Comments on Teddy's "nice watch" (but so do others).
  • Hidden Elf Village: Woop Woop is literally surrounded by mountains and off the map.
  • Kissing Cousins: Duffy and Laverne.
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  • Rules of the Road: Kangaroo Crossing.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss / Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Teddy and Angie's relationship is very zigzagged.
  • Unexpected Virgin: What with how Angie flirts in the beginning, you'd think she has experience.
  • Virgin Tension: Just one of Teddy + Angie's arguments involve her not being forward with her virginity.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: No one is allowed to leave the town (except Angie, apparently).
  • Your Money Is No Good Here: Quoted and Averted. There is no need for money or personal belongings in such a small family community, and Teddy's wallet and (nice) watch are confiscated on his arrival.


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