Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood

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4
I Am Jack's Wasted Life:
Fight Club and Personal
Identity

JOHN ZAVODNY

If you can wake up at a different place.
If you can wake up in a different time,
Why can't you wake up as a different person?1


Space Monkeys

When did you figure out that Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were sort of tag-teaming at playing Tyler Durden?2

Be bonest

Brad Pitt's character really lays it out while he and Edward Norton's character are in the hotel room after Norton has followed Tyler Durden's boarding passes all over North America:

You were looking for a way to change your life. You could not do
this on your own. All the ways you wish you could be … that's
me. I look like you want to look, I fuck like you want to fuck, I
am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways
that you are not.

1 Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (New York: Henry Holt, 1996), p 157. I will cite
the Palahniuk novel sparingly when it explains or reinforces themes from the
movie. When I cite the book, I will include a page reference. Any citation
without a reference is from the 1999 David Fincher film.

2 I hate it when people talk about movies before I've seen them; I presume
that anyone reading this has seen Fight Club any number of times (greater than
zero). If you haven't, then forget that first sentence, go rent the movie and get
back to this chapter later.

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