Sometimes it’s possible to skip over the actual commitment scene, jump-cutting right from hesitation to a conflict that arises after committing. In Some Like It Hot, the guys are still having a heated debate about whether they should dress up as women when we suddenly cut to the two of them wobbling down the train platform in heels.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
YES. He agrees to go out with them.
Only slightly, she gingerly starts to assert herself, but waits until after the midpoint disaster to assert herself.
YES. Beforehand really. This movie has a very long 2nd act: she’s committed by ten minutes in.
YES. It’s late, but by a third of the way through, (32 minutes) she has a plan: Use sedatives until tests come back and a state-appointed psychiatrist can come.
YES. Well, he commits right away, but because the movie takes time setting up its premise, it’s more than a third over by the time he rides into town.
The Bourne Identity
YES. he decides he won’t let himself be taken and takes a gun from someone else.
NO. he drags it out, paralyzed with indecision, and lashes out at her when she tries to explain.
YES. Lefty introduces him to Sonny Black as “a friend of ours”, the first step to getting made.
Do the Right Thing
YES. When Buggin’ Out announces his boycott, Mookie promises Sal that he’ll shut it down, which is his interpretation of “Do the right thing” at this point.
YES. She buys her own ticket and surprises everybody.
YES. She pursues him and they hook up.
NO. Sort of. Elsa runs away and Anna goes after her. Will this help her solve her own problem, or is it just selfless? Presumably, with Elsa simply missing, Anna will be in no position to become queen herself and marry whom she wants, so it’s sort of solving her own problem.
YES. he’s cutting his hair and going on the run.
YES. He sort of agrees to let Missy hypnotize him, putting himself in their power.
YES. After two repetitions, he decides that this could be fun.
How to Train Your Dragon
YES. Goes back to the dragon.
In a Lonely Place
YES. Indirectly: He commits to pursuing the girl, and she commits to solving his problems for him.
YES. He builds the armor and escapes.
YES. She’s applying to schools, doing theater, and pursuing Danny.
YES. They take the kid.
YES. He mobilizes his army.
YES. Jack: Yes, he begins the job. Danny: yes, he starts pursuing the ghosts.
YES. …but just barely. At minutes 32 of a 127 minute movie, he reluctantly accepts an arranged date with Maya.
The Silence of the Lambs
YES. Follows up on Lecter’s clues.
YES. He commits late, at 38 minutes in: “I want to come with you to Alderan, there’s nothing here for me now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father.”
YES. In a relatively passive way: he accepts that they’ve brought his bags over.
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