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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.

"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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Mole: "Suspicion that a character once thought trustworthy may not be trustworthy!"
  • Orbital Kiss: Visual effect during the Lesbian Kissing scene.
  • Oscar Bait: Actor Desperately Trying for an Academy Award as Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
  • Parody: Of Oscar Bait movie trailers in general and this one in particular.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Protagonist touches his temples with both hands after he learned that Character once though trustworthy may not be trustworthy.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist functions as this towards Latin-American teenager.
  • The Rain Man: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy writes a Big Equation on a whiteboard.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The entire thing.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Specific outlining of your major character flaws!"
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The music playing in the final part of the trailer is the main theme from Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
  • Resentful Guardian: Wealthy, Successful first. He gets better after Lead Female expresses an attraction to him due to his "seeming selflessness" in looking after Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
    Wealthy, Successful Protagonist: Frustration with these new circumstances!
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy's disability is "the most topical disability of the present year".
  • Romantic Rain: Wealthy Successful Protagonist and Lead Female have a tense romantic scene in a car while it's pouring.
  • Rousing Speech: "Inspiring final lines of a speech that douchebags will quote in their FACEBOOK PROFILES!"
    Basketball Team: "CHEER!!"
  • Save Our Students: "Also, I've got to use tough love to help this Latin-American teenager believe in himself."
  • Say My Name: "LEAD FEMALE'S NAME!"
  • Script Wank: "Explicitly summing up the moral of the story."
  • Second-Act Breakup: "Differences are surfacing between us!"
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: "Overreaction!"
  • Single Tear: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist sheds a Manly Tear during his Unbroken Vigil at Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy's hospital bedside, when Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy whispers his "naive, yet inspiring, statement".
  • Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist being forced into the caretaker role for Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Protagonist is seen sitting on the roof twice, once with Female Lead and also with Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Insightful Best Friend plays chess. Doubles as Crazy People Play Chess as we later see Insightful Best Friend unhinged with a slasher smile during the Matchlight Danger Revelation.
  • Snow Means Death: Protagonist is seen standing at a cemetery on a winter day.
  • Splash of Color: Lead Female's actress's introduction has her filmed in black-and-white but her skirt is bright red. Also Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy is in color with red rose petals falling on him on black-and-white background.
  • Sting: Sound effect right before the naive yet inspiring statement.
  • Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss: Parodied with Lead Female and Social Worker's kiss, especially given that Social Worker is credited as "Older Actress In A Comeback Attempt."
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist (Who Is Handsome)
  • Tempting Fate: "Reassurance that my good fortune will not waver."
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Almost every line as a result of the characters explicitly voicing their feelings.
    Lead Female: Admiration of your seeming selflessness.
  • Title Drop: "Explicitly stating the moral of the story and awkwardly working in (beat) the Movie Title."
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy. Just in case it wasn't obvious enough, there's a shot of him smiling peacefully as he stands in a shower of rose petals.
  • Tough Love: How Wealthy, Successful Protagonist has to help the Latino student.
  • Trailers Always Lie: "This scene doesn't make it into the final cut of the movie."
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer gives away the movie's key points, like revealing the False Friend or the death of Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy.
  • [Trope Name]: Every single line.
  • Troperiffic: As this page should well demonstrate.
  • Unbroken Vigil: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist keeps vigil at Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy's hospital bed.
  • Unsound Effect: "Laugh, laugh, laugh"; "CHEER!"; "Murmur of agreement"; "Ambient background noise."
  • Vertigo Effect: Visual effect towards the end, in the scene with Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy in front of a puddle.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: "Older actress trying for a comeback".
  • White Male Lead: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist.
  • White Man's Burden: Wealthy, Successful Protagonist ends up single-handedly saving a Latin-American teenager, an "incredibly humble human male" (namely, an African-American), and the Native American metaphor.
  • Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Inspirationally Disadvantaged Guy delivers one of these from his hospital bed.
  • You Just HAD To Say It:
    Insightful Best Friend: "Friendly concern that a string of heightened and seemingly unrelated plots may now arise."
    Wealthy, Successful Protagonist: [beat] "Dude!"
  • Your Cheating Heart: When their relationship's breaking down, Lead Female sleeps with Insightful Best Friend.

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