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Movies Falling Down(1993 movie) theory

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  1. shinobimusashi Purple Belt

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    Falling Down is my favorite movie ever made. I confirmed that over the weekend by rewatching the movie again. I really love everything about it.

    I noticed a few things on this rewatch that I never paid attention to before. First of all when D-Fens leaves his car in the beginning of the movie he goes straight for the pay phone to call his ex wife. But he doesn't have any change for the phone. He goes into the convenient store to break a dollar.

    I never noticed it before but as soon as he walks into the store they show the clerk with the cash register open and he's cracking open a fresh roll of quarters. The clerk refuses to give him change unless he buys something. This sends D-Fens off the fucking deep end and the whole movie takes off from there.

    What if ole Korean cash register guy just gave D-Fens 4 quarters for his dollar real quick while he had his drawer open? The whole movie would have never taken place right? Maybe he calls his wife and just says fuck it and goes back to his car to go about his business for the day? Or no?

    Either way yeah I want to talk about this movie and the way the D-Fens character loses it. It's pretty deep yeah?
     
  2. shinobimusashi Purple Belt

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    What's this doing in here?....
     
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    What if he just had a cell phone?
     
  4. JabToucher Silver Belt

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    Something else that day would have set him off. Dude was ready to snap.
     
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    He never would have made it past Whammyburger.
     
  6. Winter-John Purple Belt

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    It would've been a short and shit film. Guy needs change, guy gets change, the end
     
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    Wasn't he fired? That's why he's off his rocker, going from place to place, losing his shit? He wasn't economically viable anymore?
     
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  8. shinobimusashi Purple Belt

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    His dive over the edge was really a gradual one, it was just one thing led to another. It started with the Korean guy not giving him change, then it was the gang members trying to take his brief case, then it's the homeless guy. Then the gang does the drive by that shoots up everyone around him. He has a chance to kill the guy after they crash but he chooses to shoot him in the leg instead.

    What really makes him snap was the protester outside the bank, "Not economically viable" and then the nazi fucker in the army surplus store. When he kills that guy is when he really starts to lose it and drifts off into the mouth of madness.

    There was something symbolic about him seeing the little girls just gazing at him? Any theories about what that meant? At the start he's going crazy in traffic and the little girl is just staring him down non-stop from the car in front of him. Then when he's fixing his shoe with the newspaper I believe there is another little girl who looks the same that is just standing there watching him from a fenced in yard. And it's like both instances really deeply bother him or effect him in some way.
     
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    I think they threw that in as a reminder he was going to see his daughter and that he wasnt just totally some kind of psycho. It helps keep him a bit sympathetic. Just trying to get through the day to see her makes him a bit more relatable than if he were just some guy going on a rampage.
     
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  10. shinobimusashi Purple Belt

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    I think it's a pretty fucking perfect movie up until he kills the nazi guy, after that it's like it kinda drifts around and loses focus. As much as I love the scene where the kid shows him how to shoot the missile launcher it feels pretty out of place with the story at that point. Same for the golf course and his run in with the family BBQing. But they finished strong, I love the stand off with Duval at the end and the "I'm the bad guy?" line is one of my favorites of any movie ever.
     
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    On my first watch, I felt like the slow-mo zen moments where you can hear the helicopters above was meant to convey some 'Nam PTSD. On subsequent watches, I noticed a line where he had no military record. Maybe the PTSD was the stress on modern life; where a guy can be "made an example of" over something his wife "felt he could be capable of" and nobody wants him to walk through their field or not share their views in their shop. Like Tyler Durden telling The Narrator how they "had no great war."
     
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    Not necessarily

     
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    That's literally the point.
     
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    Wait where’s the theory.
     
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    I haven’t seen it in forever, but isnt his wife(ex wife) not letting him see his daughter and she was going to let him that day but he was going through hell trying to make it happen and he fucking losses it??

    It was like he had all these problems and all the little shit just kept escalating and driving him further off the deep end?
     
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    I cant remember the specifics of it but I know he was on his way over to her birthday party which was why he had that snowglobe thing and thats why he was extra pissed at Nazi guy cuz he smashed it.
    But yes shit would not stop going wrong that day.
     
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    What if a butterfly flapped its wings during the first scene of the movie?
     
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    So many movies in the 90s were about middle aged dudes who were miserable because of office life.

    The 90s focused so much on criticizing modernism.
    It's no wonder we're in a postmodernist era.
     
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    He would have gone gay and a lot of innocent loves would've been saved imo
     
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    I don't think that's drifting necessarily. I think it's meant to show there's always an undercurrent of completely surreal lunacy in even the most mundane environments, if you happen to walk down the wrong street or enter the wrong building. It's meant to build on the toppling dominoes effect throughout the movie. One slightly improbable event leading into another until your entire life just unravels in the course of a single day.

    Our pov character is a little unhinged but he isnt the source of the chaos in the movie. He's merely drowned in it, consumed by it until gives up and allows himself to be carried away by the current. One of the better portrayals of what it's like to be a mentally unstable person trying to function in a chaotic and unsupportive community. It's all very understated and a lot of things are only shown and implied, never stated.
     

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