Old Ways are Better than New

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Conservative Trope Examples

  • Skyfall (2012)
    The movie is an ode to old ways over modern technology which the villain uses against them. When Bond is shaving, Moneypenny notices he uses a cut-throat razor which is very traditional and says, "sometimes the old ways are the best" and helps him shave. The exact line is repeated later by Kincade, caretake of Bond's childhood Scottish home, as he lays a knife on a table for Bond to use. He also has to use his father's old shotgun engraved with his initials to fend off an attack as they sold off all the newer weapons.
  • Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
    When John McClane and Matt Farrell's car is stuck in a traffic jam caused by a cyber-attack, Matt asks, "what are we doing?" and John responds, "It's a little thing they invented back in the sixties called 'jogging'. You're gonna love it. Come on."
    Staff Aside
    It's a funny joke aimed at Matt's youth with the 60s reference and implying that young people are lazy and so wouldn't know about jogging today.
  • Doc Hollywood (1991)
    Young NYC doctor Ben Stone (Michael J. Fox) thinks a child needs an emergency operation and ridicules the small town Dr. Hogue for suggesting he take a Coke instead. Before they airlift the kid to a hospital and cut him open with a very invasive operation, Dr Hogue comes to the rescue and discerns that the kid just drank too much homemade antacid and gives him a coke and charges 60 cents to emphasize his point.
    Staff Aside
    Screenwriters created a scenario where an old school rural doctor outsmarts a younger, highly skilled city doctor depicted as condescending by simply prescribing a can of coke.