Tuesday, August 23, 2005

OK, We're Up To Ten

Here's a quick revision of the "Eleven Movie Plots" List.

If you didn't read the original post, scroll down and take a quick look.

Thanks to everyone for your comments so far. They were great.

With your comments in mind, the list has adapted, mostly to consolidate good sub-plots into single, simplified categories, and also to add a couple that seemed not to fit anywhere else.

1. Hero (or reluctant hero) rescues feisty Heroine: "Duh..."
2. Hero gets a big head and deserts friends before coming to senses, usually after a good talking to by an old friend;(Classic Sequel Plot): "Mighty Ducks 2", Toy Story 2", Princess Diaries 2", "Godfather 2", and so on...
3. Mistaken Identity (With Comical or Dramatic Consequences): "North by Northwest"
4. Boy Meets Girl; Conflict Arises: (Note: This one is revised: See Notes at end of list) "Romeo & Juliet" et. al.
5. Child not living up to Parents Expectations: "Elf"
6. New Authority (Boss, Parent, etc.) takes over: Changes Everything: Ex: "Nine-Five", "Gung Ho", "
Yours, Mine, Ours"
7. Disaster Movie (With an All-Star Cast!): "Towering Inferno", "Titanic"
8. Unforeseen Consequences (Be careful what you wish for): "It's a Wonderful Life"
9. "Bad Guy" finds the meaning of Love, Christmas, or Whatever: "The Music Man"
10. "Good Guy" goes for Revenge: "First Blood", "Walking Tall" (Often used sub-species..."
You Killed my Father...")

Notes:
Kudos to
D.Dan for the "Good Guy Gets Revenge" plot line. I hadn't thought of it. Then, after reading his quote, without realizing the connection, we rented Jimmy Stewart's "Winchester '73"
...Beautiful.

Thank you for the GREAT Subplot to "Boy Meets Girl" from
Mrs. Willy of Four. It was the impetus for revising that plot line to a bigger scope. Here's her quote if you don't click on comments...

"This is usually a sub-plot: two people fall in love, everything is fairy-tale like, til the boy has to go away, usually to war.Heartbreak insues as she finds out boy has died. Girl moves on to someone else,(so much for heartbreak) sometimes marrying them only to find that boy isn't really dead! and returns to her life (Pear Harbor, Notebook, Count of Monte Cristo, Casablanca, Four Feathers")

Finally, I WISH there was room on the list for this one from
Graceland King:

You forgot to mention the plot where a man turns into a fish, and um, well that's about it...The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Splash, A Fish Called Wanda...oops, maybe not that one.

Unfortunately, that also got lumped into the MASSIVE "Boy Meets Girl" Category.

The list is getting full, but not yet complete. The Challenge: Come up with a film, that can't be pigeon-holed into one of these ten. If we find more than one , we will then mash two categories together to make room for something really unique.

Homework: How many of these Plots are touched on in "
The Incredibles"? Any new ones? Discuss...

10 Comments:

Blogger JC said...

My brain is fried so I can't think of a subplot, but I do remember you quoting from the movie during a sermon and that has really stuck with me...when Mr. Incredible refers to his sons 4th grade graduation as setting for medericity (sp??)...not sure if it's a subplot, just something that always sticks out in my mind.

7:17 PM  
Blogger dangeresque dan said...

Hey do you count the lovable losers turning into champions a sub-plot or whole plot? My movie examples are "A League of Their Own", "The Mighty Ducks", "Remember the Titans".

8:37 PM  
Blogger newsynews said...

What about all the movies with the nerds/undesirables/underdogs getting the girl/boy/perfect person. "She's all that" "Can't buy me love" "My big Fat Greek Wedding"

and what about the no plot movies? "Napoleon Dynamite",

And then there's the horror movies, that have absulutly nothing in them..."Gost Ship"

Also the non conclusive ending plot.

10:03 AM  
Blogger the devine one said...

I still can't help you. I'm so helpful.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Colonel Havoc said...

The Barlow Girls and DDan have a good point.

Here is a new ruling...

Please merge #5 (Child not living up to expectations) into a larger category, to be known as, "Underdog(s) triumph(s) over adversity."

7:12 AM  
Blogger Reinman said...

Saying Dr. Strangelove is "Be careful what you wish for" would be quite a stretch.

There remains ample room for more categories.

Nevertheless, our little blogsphere has proven remarkably adroit thus far.

(p.s. the Reinman returns this Monday)

10:32 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

What about the all to classic Sci-fi: Man against freakishly enlarged creature due to nuclear radiation. I bet you forgot about that one...

10:47 AM  
Blogger the devine one said...

And an example of that category, Jason, would be..?

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Brooke just watch the sci-fi channel they have at least 5 of those types of movies on each day

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