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Here’s Why Gordy The Chimpanzee In “Nope” Is So Important



First thing’s first, major Nope spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.

Jordan Peele’s latest sci-fi horror film Nope follows a brother-sister duo (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who attempt to photograph the alien presence terrorizing their horse ranch. If they succeed in getting what they refer to as the “Oprah shot”, they could possibly save the family ranch from financial ruin.

Jordan Peele loves animals. Remember the deer in Get Out? The bunnies in Us? Nope features horses and a chimpanzee. But unlike his first two films, the animals in Nope play a bigger role to this story.

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When asked about the animal touches in his film, Peele describes the use as, “a reminder of how we treat anything that doesn’t qualify as human” in an interview with Fox Washington DC. “There’s a real world horror that animals are trapped in. I think in some ways they symbolize something very bad about us.”

The films opening scene introduces the audience to a chimp sitting next to what seemed to be a dead body.

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As the movie progresses we learn that the chimp is Gordy from the fictional sitcom within Nope’s universe, Gordy’s Home.

During the filming of a birthday-themed episode, Gordy quite literally goes apeshit at the sound of balloons popping, sending him into a violent fit attacking the cast — except for young Ricky, who hides under the table during the massacre.

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He doesn’t make eye contact, which OJ Haywood (Kaluuya) continuously suggests people not do with the horses he trains, as well as with the alien presence later in the movie.

Gordy eventually sees Ricky hiding and turns to him in friendship, extending his fist to bump Ricky’s they way their characters do on the show — but he gets shot down before making contact.

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As an adult, Ricky — who also goes by “Jupe” and is played by Steven Yeun — spends his adult life capitalizing off of his childhood trauma. He shows the Haywoods his secret closet full of Gordy’s Home memorabilia, which he charges a fee for superfans to admire. Even during his retelling to the Haywood siblings about the day Gordy went mad, he reminisces almost gleefully, recounting how SNL got it right. He might have convinced himself that, after Gordy’s moment of rage, he saw Jupe as a trustworthy ally.

So when an alien shows up in his neighborhood, Jupiter thinks this is a chance to grow his entertainment career as long as he could get the creature to trust him like Gordy did.

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Jupe fed the alien predator horses he bought off of the Haywoods as part of a performance at his Western-themed attraction park. On the day one of Gordy’s victims comes to see the show, the alien is hungry for more than a horse. Jupe looks up and makes eye contact, as does everyone else in the audience — and they all get swept up in a windy abduction to their deaths.

Through his experience with Gordy, Jupiter didn’t learn an important lesson that greed and a lack of respect for non-human life blinded him from taking in. An animal is not an actor, any more than an alien is a sideshow attraction.

No creatures should be boxed in and made into a spectacle, because when they are — well, shit happens.

So, yeah, the film is a sci-fi horror tale, but it’s also a look into species’ primal attempts of survival.

All in all, we needed Jupe’s backstory in order to comprehend why anyone would try to tame an alien by feeding it horses.

Also might be worth noting the connection with balloons and animals here.

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Second lesson, keep balloons away from animals, y’all.


Parents Who Had Kids Later In Life Reveal The Joys And Challenges Of Raising Them At An “Older” Age




“I had my first baby at 33 through IVF, and my husband was 41. This was after five years of trying on our own. Then we unexpectedly got pregnant on our own two more times, and I had babies at ages 35 and 37. We never intended to have a baby at ages 37 and 45, but here we are, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her. But I think the mix of three pregnancies in four years and my age destroyed my SI joint and hips. I think if I were younger, it wouldn’t have been so bad.”

“With baby number three, I was in so much pain that I seriously wasn’t sure if I could make it. I felt like my legs were going to give out on me because of the pain and weakness brought on by SI joint dysfunction and SPD. I am better now, but still not at 100% two years postpartum. Also, man, we are tired. Looking back to all those late nights partying in my early 20s and getting up and going to work the next day like it was no big deal makes me realize how much of an advantage it is to have kids young. But we are more established in our careers, more mature, and have different priorities now. In a lot of ways, it makes it easier to have kids older. I’ve heard people talk about not wanting to have kids at an older age because they won’t be around as long, but my dad was 34 when I was born and died at age 46 from pancreatic cancer when I was only 12 years old, and my sister was 6, so who knows? Age isn’t everything. It’s about finding the right time for you. If I had gotten pregnant when we first started trying, I would have had a baby at 27, but I am glad it worked out the way it did.”


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31 Then Vs. Now Photos Of Celebrities In 2003, 2013, And 2023



Celeb Then And Now Photos In 2003, 2013, And 2023

And here’s Reese now in 2023:

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This is Beyoncé in 2003:

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This is Pete Wentz in 2003:

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This is Justin Timberlake in 2003:

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This is Tia and Tamera Mowry in 2003:

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This is Dakota Fanning in 2003:

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This is Kirsten Dunst in 2003:

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This is Christina Ricci in 2003:

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This is Usher in 2003:

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This is Kate Hudson in 2003:

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This is Chad Michael Murray in 2003:

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This is Matthew McConaughey in 2003:

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This is Kristen Bell in 2003:

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This is Anne Hathaway in 2003:

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This is Ryan Reynolds in 2003:

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This is Queen Latifah in 2003:

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This is Prince Harry in 2003:

Here’s Prince Harry in 2013:

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This is Halle Berry in 2003:

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This is Jessica Alba in 2003:

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This is Avril Lavigne in 2003:

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This is Danny DeVito in 2003:

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This is Victoria Beckham in 2003:

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Finally, this is Keanu Reeves in 2003:

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11 Things From Tasty That’ll Have A Big Impact On Your Cooking



Promising review: “I like that this is big, strong, and I can use the side to cut my fish in half. Slides easily under pizza, pancakes, or whatever you are cooking. I also love the color. Matches my spoon rest and so many more of my items I have purchased from Walmart !” —Linda

Price: $4.44 (originally $4.97)

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