In this thread posters tried to explain the climax of “Trading Places”.
That movie 's been a favorite of mine since it came out. I’ve seen it close to a hundered times and never understood exactly what happens in the climactic scene. Still don’t really, despite all the posters that tried to explain it. It used to bug me that I didn’t fully get it; like maybe my enjoyment of the movie would be that much more enhanced if I was fully in on the joke. Based on what some people said in the other thread it sounds like there was some artistic license taken so maybe it doesn’t matter that much, but I sure have spent a lot of time pondering it over the years. It got me to to thinking about some other favorites of mine that, no matter how many times I see them there are still plot points I don’t quite get.
When Marissa Tomei delivers her trial changing testimony in “My Cousin Vinny”, I feel like my “aha” moment is diminished because I don’t really understand what the point is she’s making about the two sets of tire marks.
In “A Few Good Men”, what is the significance in the scene toward the beginning when Tom Cruise is talking to Lt. Wineberg and he’s really pretty blase about the whole case but then seems to find something odd about Kevin Bacon mentioning
Lt. Kendrick. He says something like “I don’t even know who Lt. Kendrick is”. What is the importance of that? Am I missing something totally obvious or looking for something that isn’t there ? I also don’t understand the part about the flight log books. It seems pretty clear that Col. Jessup simply lied about there not being an earlier flight but why the line about “I can’t prove that a flight took off but I can sure as Hell prove that one landed” ?
Let’s use this thread to share our movie questions and answers. Sometimes what’s clear to one person is a deep mystery to someone else and vice versa.