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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts that highlight storytelling techniques repeatedly recycled in film. I’ll post a link to these within some of my reviews in order to save words and keep from driving myself crazy writing the same thing over and over.

Two people (sometimes more, usually two) with very different personalities must travel a long distance. Hijinks ensue, putting the two at odds and exposing the true character in each. Travel trouble typically builds to a boiling point, which may or may not be the climax. There is an epiphany, a reconciliation and one (or both) learn a little something about themselves (aww). If we haven’t had a climax yet, we start steaming toward it. If post-climax, there’s often a twist in the denouement (ouch!). The less sappy, the better the film, but this plot structure typically leans toward the sappy.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts that highlight storytelling techniques repeatedly recycled in film. I’ll post a link to these within some of my reviews in order to save words and keep from driving myself crazy writing the same thing over and over.

The Speech 180 is often found in romantic comedies and is one of the lazier ways that screenwriters add a twist (if you can call it that) to a film’s climax. We’re led to believe that the protagonist’s goal (or romance) is being compromised for some reason. This compromise will be sealed by a speech that can range from a business presentation to an address on live TV. At some point during the speech the protagonist stops, has an epiphany and backs away from the compromise for the sake of truth, love, or whatever and we get a happy ending.