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"Explicitly summing up the moral of the story,
awkwardly working in... the Movie Title."
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Wealthy, Successful Protagonist (Who Is Handsome) seemingly has it all: wealth, success, good looks, a gorgeous metropolitan home, the works. But, as his Insightful Best Friend points out, he doesn't have something to live for that's bigger than himself.

In comes Social Worker, who informs Wealthy, Successful Protagonist that due to various circumstances, he has been assigned custody of Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy, a Catch Phrase-spewing, mentally handicapped young man whose presence radically changes Wealthy, Successful Protagonist's comfortable status quo.

Things start looking up once Wealthy, Successful Protagonist meets Lead Female, a quirky, daring young woman who rejects social norms by dyeing her hair, and admires him for undertaking this responsibility. The two of them soon start dating, and Wealthy, Successful Protagonist learns to appreciate the positive impact Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy has on his life, and all seems well.


Then things get... complicated. Aside from dealing with his increasingly-rocky relationship with Lead Female and Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy's failing health, Wealthy, Successful Protagonist must also confront the machinations of a traitorous associate, inspire a young Latino boy to do well in school, defend an innocent black man in court, fight with the Native American metaphor against the American military metaphor, and help a local high school basketball team win the Big Game.


The latest cinematic masterpiece from Famous And/Or Foreign Director, Movie Title features an all-star cast including Academy Award-Winning Actor, Academy Award-Winning Actress, Actor Desperately Trying For An Academy Award, Older Actress in a Comeback Attempt, and Beloved Actor Who Died This Year in his final role.


On the meta side of things, it's a hilarious send-up of Oscar Bait movies in general by the folks at Given how its entire purpose is to hang a gigantic lampshade on such films, it's not surprising how incredibly Troperrific it is for a video that's only three and a half minutes long.

First posted on Cracked. Watch it there, or on the creators' website. Created by Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher in 2010.

"Movie Title" contains examples of:

  • Incurable Cough of Death: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy is cuffing in his hospital bed.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy, "a character suffering from the most topical disability of the present year".
  • Jerkass: Social Worker. Flat-out calling Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy a "retard"? In her line of work? She's also seen snorting cocaine and kissing Lead Female, implying that Lead Female is cheating on Wealthy, Successful Protagonist with her.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist starts out as a self-absorbed jerk but turns into a proper hero over the course of the plot.
  • Kudzu Plot: "Friendly concern that a string of heightened and seemingly unrelated plots may now arise."
  • Lost Aesop: Parodied, where one inspiring aesop after the other is thrown at the audience until you can't really tell anymore what the message actually is.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Overlaps with Everyone Is Bi — Wealthy, Successful Protagonist x Lead Female; Wealthy, Successful Protagonist x Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy; Lead Female x Social Worker; and Lead Female x Insightful Best Friend.
  • Magical Negro: "Friendly black, optimistic advice."
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Lead Female is a token Manic Pixie Dream Girl who helps Wealthy, Successful Protagonist to open up and enjoy his life to the fullest, though she does share that role with Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
  • Matchlight Danger Revelation: Half-way through the trailer, Wealthy, Successful Protagonist strikes a match in the dark which illuminates the Slasher Smile of Insightful Best Friend.
  • Mighty Whitey: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist decides to fight with the Native American metaphor against the American Military metaphor.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: invoked Insightful Best Friend spills wine on himself in the bathtub.
    "This scene doesn't make it to the final cut of the movie."
  • Mistaken for Gay: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist is taken for gay by Lead Female, which causes a Second-Act Breakup.

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