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Film / Zoom (2015)

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Zoom is a Canadian arthouse film released in 2015. It covers the lives of three people who all exist in different realities that are connected through the protagonist's storytelling media.

  • Emma Boyles is an aspiring comic book artist who manufactures sex dolls. One day she decides to get breast implants, but discovers that they're more trouble than they're worth. She creates Edward's reality by drawing a graphic novel.
  • Edward Deacon is an independent film maker who enjoys a decadent lifestyle. His penis inexplicably shrinks and his latest film is criticised for not being marketable enough, pushing him towards an emotional breakdown. He creates Michelle's reality by writing and directing the film in question.
  • Michelle is a Brazillian model who wishes to be a respected novelist. She leaves her unsupportive husband and develops a relationship with another woman. She creates Emma's reality by writing in a notebook.

Tropes about Zoom

  • Ass Pull: Deliberately invoked.
    • Michelle decides to spice up her novel by suddenly revealing that Emma's boyfriend has underworld connections that were never foreshadowed.
    • Edward's penis shrinking and subsequent regrowing is given no explanation whatsoever outside of Emma just drawing whatever.
    • Michelle's husband suddenly returning to save her from a drug cartel was completely out of place.
  • Bi the Way: Michelle falls for another woman.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Michelle's notebook is tossed out of a helicopter and she's forced to leap out to retrieve it. At the same time, Emma is shot and the silicone from her implants smears onto the pages of her graphic novel, distorting Edward's reality. He frantically refocuses the camera to hive Michelle enough time to write something. She manages to write "Wake Up" before the credits roll.
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  • Buxom Is Better: Averted. Emma's boyfriend actually finds her new breasts too weird to be sexy.
  • The Casanova: Edward was this before Emma cut down his penis. He tries to ocmpensate by using a penis-enlarger, but it doesn't work.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The last 20 minutes lean into this, as the protagonists realise that their worlds are fictional, they can talk to their creators and the contrivances they've thrown in could spell the apocalypse for all three worlds.
  • D-Cup Distress: Emma. She has trouble adjusting to the added mass on her chest and her boyfriend finds them unsettling to look at due to their obvious fakeness. Things get worse when her surgeon tells her that removing them would be just as costly as getting them, when Emma is nearly broke from getting them in the first place.
  • Ending Fatigue: In-universe. Edward's producer decides to add a more compelling ending to his film, which just goes on and on, driving Edward mad with how much his vision is being tampered with.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The last few minutes deal with the characters all interacting to save each other's lives and prevent their worlds from collapsing.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe. Edward has to deal with his film being subjected to reshoots that turn Michelle's drama into a high-speed action film just to sell tickets.
  • Meganekko: Emma.
  • Shocking Swerve: The revealation that Michelle's reality was created by Edward, putting all three world in a cycle.
  • Teeny Weenie: Edward's penis suddenly shrinking. This was actually Emma's decision after having to deal with her own D-Cup Distress.

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