Remember: Everybody hates a lucky man. The solution shouldn’t land in the hero’s lap, and it shouldn’t be within easy grasp. Even at this late point in the story, once the hero has a corrected philosophy, there should still be a long way to go and a short time to get there.
- The heroine of An Education realizes that she must now try to get into Oxford without a high school degree.
- Jason Bourne decides he must take the fight back to the CIA all alone.
- Phil in Groundhog Day realizes that he must help as many townspeople as possible, honing his schedule over hundreds of repeated days.
- Danny realizes that he must somehow stop his father himself in The Shining.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
NO, he retreats to his previous goal and tries to get laid by a drunk girl.
YES, blowing up the ship.
YES. She becomes determined to get into Oxford without a high school degree.
YES. although it’s not really far away. When she confronts it strongly, it retreats to the basement.
YES. He convinces the townsfolk to give the railroad workers land to save the town.
The Bourne Identity
YES. he decides to confront his ex boss.
YES. Fix everything.
YES. he takes them to the airport, but Renault warns Strasser.
YES. He realizes he has to get Evelyn and Catherine out of town, away from Cross and the police.
YES. he realizes that he has to get out now.
Do the Right Thing
NO. Not really: he acts rashly, then reverts into paralysis.
YES. She happily joins in a drinking game with her family, no longer feeling disconnected from them.
YES. he realizes that he’ll have to force his new handlers to allow Dicky back in.
YES. Get Kristoff to kiss her.
YES. he finally investigates Devlin McGregor
YES. He fights them all to the death.
YES. He’s got to change as many lives as possible in one day. It’s a big job.
How to Train Your Dragon
YES. Ride new dragons to save them all.
In a Lonely Place
NO. The movie is over. He is destroyed.
YES. Defeat Stane, save Pepper.
NO. Well, she pretty much just has to wait and see if she gets off the wait list.
YES. Save the baby, then return him.
YES. He creates a similar life for himself at Grover Cleveland to the one he had at Rushmore: puts on a new play, etc. He also vows to get Blume and Cross back together.
Sort of. He commits to doing it in the courts, but the movie certainly doesn’t portray that as “what he should have done all along”, but rather an avenue that opened because of everything he had done so far.
YES. Danny commits to stopping his father.
NO. He recommits to the false goal of making Jack happy, even retrieving his wedding rings after his adultery.
The Silence of the Lambs
YES. She’s on the right trail, but that trail has gone cold.
YES. Finally discovers true goal: use the plans to blow up the Death Star.
Somewhat. He decides to leave Norma, but that seems easy.