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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 Catchphrase-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.

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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.

(Phew!)

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.

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On the meta side of things, it's a hilarious send-up of Oscar Bait movies in general by the folks at BriTANicK.com. 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:

  • An Aesop: "Explicitly stating the moral of the story". As to what the Aesop even is... take your pick. Overcoming your character flaws, inspiring others to excel, racial equality, accepting one's sexual identity, treating handicapped people with dignity, finding true love... It's such a big pile-up of inspiring morals that it's not even clear what the message is anymore, befitting its Anviliciousness.
  • The Alcoholic: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist is implied to be one. There's a dark shot of him on the balcony, holding a bottle.
  • All-Star Cast: invoked Academy Award Winning Actor, Academy Award Winning Actress, Actor desperately trying to win Academy Award, Beloved Actor who passed this year and once famous Actress trying to revive her career.
  • Angry Collar Grab: "Overreaction!" Enraged Wealthy, Successful Protagonist grabs Insightful Best Friend by the collar and pushes him against a wall after "specific outlining of your major character flaws!"
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Delivered by Lead Female to the Protagonist: "PASSIONATE PLEA!!!... whisper of repetition."
  • Anvilicious: Invoked and parodied.
  • Audience Murmurs: The conversation at the opening party is simply the characters saying "chatchatchat" over and over.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: It's all Lampshade Hanging.
  • The Big Board: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy writes on whiteboard.
  • Big Game: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist inspires a basketball team with his Rousing Speech.
  • Bi the Way: Both Wealthy, Successful Protagonist and Lead Female. Their same-gender love interests may be either this or gay.
    Lead Female: Accusations about your sexuality!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Insightful Best Friend initially seems to have nothing but friendly concern for Wealthy, Successful Protagonist, but over the course of the narrative sleeps with Lead Female, specifically outlines Wealthy, Successful Protagonist's character flaws in a rather hostile fashion, has a sinister Matchlight Danger Revelation moment complete with Slasher Smile, and all in all appears to be the Character Once Thought Trustworthy Who May Not Be Trustworthy.
  • Bound and Gagged: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist is treated to this after getting abducted by Traitorous Associate.
  • Boy Meets Girl
    Lead Female: My name.
    Protagonist: My name.
  • Broken Smile: In the parking lot, Wealthy Successful Protagonist tries to control his temper and forces a smile while uttering "Frustration with these new circumstances!"
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Protagonist is in this position while he's giving his Rousing Speech to the basketball team. He rests the ball on his uplifted knee.
  • The Cassandra: Insightful Best Friend, whose attempts to make Wealthy, Successful Protagonist face up to his personal shortcomings or warn him about imminent danger are usually met with dismissal, overreaction, or a Flat "What".
  • Catchphrase:
    Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy: My catchphrase!
  • Caught in the Rain: Protagonist and Lead Female seek shelter in the car when it's pouring heavily outside.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: What starts out as a self-absorbed guy frustrated with having to take care of an impaired person gradually turns more and more intense and (melo)dramatic.
  • Children Raise You: Or perhaps Inspirationally Disadvantaged Wards Raise You. Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy not only brings meaning to Wealthy, Successful Protagonist's life, but he's also the reason that Wealthy, Successful Protagonist and Lead Female meet.
  • Climactic Music: "And then the music gets... hopeful..."
  • Closet Key: Lead Female accuses Wealthy, Successful Protagonist of being gay which seems to help her come to terms with her own bisexuality as she is later seen orbital kissing Older Actress In A Comeback Attempt. Unless Lead Female knew about her true sexual nature all along, which would make her a Hypocrite.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist (Who Is Handsome) gets tortured at the hands of Traitorous Associate.
  • Courtroom Episode: "Also, I must prove innocent this incredibly humble human male."
  • Crisis Catch And Carry: Protagonist is seen running while carrying unconscious Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy in his arms.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: At one point Wealthy, Successful Protagonist is seen shirtless in the snow, arms outstretched, eyes closed and face towards the sky. What do you mean, it's not symbolic?
  • Darkened Building Shootout: Right after the Matchlight Danger Revelation, a character points a firearm at the camera from the top of a dark stairway.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: "Beloved actor who died this year".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Two shots towards the ending. With a Splash of Colour. Red, to be specific.
  • Delinquent Hair: Lead Female, who "rejects social norms" by dying blue and red streaks into her hair.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist, even if he isn't aware of it. He feels relieved after having found his purpose.
  • Dramatic Shattering: The wine glass dropped on the floor.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Social Worker, who is seen snorting crack between puffing on a cigarette.
  • E = MC Hammer: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy's whiteboard filled with mathematical scribblings, and an English Lit variant appears on the blackboard in Latin-American Teenager’s classroom.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    Protagonist: A toast establishing me as the Wealthy, Successful Protagonist (Who Is Handsome).
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The trailer ends with a laugh and happy mood: "It's not going to be entirely a dramatic film. Because we laughed there."
  • False Friend: "Suspicion that a character, once thought trustworthy, may not be trustworthy!"
  • Flames of Love: The last scene is showing an intimate discussion between Protagonist and Lead Female by a fireplace.
  • Futile Hand Reach: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist reaches for Lead Female and screams her name while being dragged away.
  • Genre Mashup: A tearjerker drama with elements of crime, romance, comedy and sports.
  • Good-Times Montage: Right after Boy Meets Girl. They are running in the city and laughing together under bedsheets.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Performed by Wealthy, Successful Protagonist, but it's not shown whose stone it is (although it's implied to be Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy).
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Gloomy rain during the Passionate Plea scene in the car.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist and Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy are shown to become very close.
  • The Hilarious Table: Just so you know the protagonist is wealthy and successful.
  • 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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