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Is "Three Billboards" a comedic ripoff of Nocturnal Animals???

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  • DaKardii
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    I’m sorry. I can’t help but notice the similarities.

    A teenage girl is raped and murdered. A parent decides to take matters into his/her own hands after the police aren’t able to capture the suspect. He/she launches a vicious revenge campaign with the help of a police officer who is dying of cancer.

    Does that plot sound familiar to you? It should.

    That’s the plot of (one of the storylines of) Nocturnal Animals. It’s also the plot of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

     

    Replace Jake Gyllenhaal with Frances McDormand. Remove Isla Fisher entirely and replace her with a spouse who survives and is an antagonist as opposed to a protagonist. Have Ellie Bamber and Aaron-Taylor Johnson become characters that are mentioned but not seen. Add another child played by Lucas Hedges who doesn’t do much. Replace Michael Shannon with Woody Harrelson. Add another version of the Michael Shannon character who is not dying of cancer and is played by Sam Rockwell. Turn up the level of revenge from light speed to ludicrous speed (sorry for the Spaceballs reference). Add a bunch of dark humor. Remove the “real world” storyline entirely.

    Voila! You’ve converted Nocturnal Animals into Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri!

     

    UPDATE: Given the responses I’ve received so far, let me clarify. A film does not have to borrow large sections of a plot in order to be a rip-off of an earlier film. If it did, Three Billboards would not be a ripoff of Nocturnal Animals, because despite the similarities between the initial premise and some of the character types, the progression of the plots themselves are very, very different. But here’s the reality. Once again, a film does not have to borrow large sections of a plot in order to be a rip-off of an earlier film. It can borrow an initial premise, and some of the character types, and still be a ripoff despite major differences in plot progression. That logic is why some people consider Nocturnal Animals itself to be a ripoff of Gone Girl (even though Nocturnal Animals is based on a book that was published years before either Gone Girl or the book that film was based on).

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    JackO
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    Dont insult Nocturnal ANimals by comparing it to this Crash wannabe

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    CanadianFan
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    No. Moving on.

    Nocturnal Animals collapsed under its stylistic direction.

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    EmmyWinner
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    What?

    Stop doing drugs.

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    Jays
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    Lol. No.

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    Riley
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    Replace Jake Gyllenhaal with Frances McDormand. Remove Isla Fisher entirely and replace her with a spouse who survives and is an antagonist as opposed to a protagonist. Have Ellie Bamber and Aaron-Taylor Johnson become characters that are mentioned but not seen. Add another child played by Lucas Hedges who doesn’t do much. Replace Michael Shannon with Woody Harrelson. Add another version of the Michael Shannon character who is not dying of cancer and is played by Sam Rockwell. Turn up the level of revenge from light speed to ludicrous speed (sorry for the Spaceballs reference). Add a bunch of dark humor. Remove the “real world” storyline entirely.

    "I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."

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    Your initial synopsis concisely drawing the parallels between the two films was fun (even in a “that’s a stretch” way).

    But then you spend twice as much time going into all the ways you have to convert one to get the other, essentially “explaining” a premise that didn’t need it, and ruining your argument at the same time.

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