Saturday, July 23, 2011

I may be putting too much thought into this...

As I'm typing this, Mr J is watching a movie, Lionheart. The plot summary, according to Imdb, "Lyon Gaultier (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother dead and his sister-in-law without the money needed to support herself and her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights."

Now, I don't mean to find plot-holes in movies, but I have a problem with this basic outline. Mr. Van Damme's character is making money in an underground fight circuit and giving his profits to his brother's widow. This money is all "under the table" so to speak. So how is the widow suppose to claim it when she files her taxes? She's been told that the money is coming from a life-insurance policy. However, when the IRS audits her (and judging by the look on her face upon seeing the check, it's a lot of money, she'll be a prime target for an audit), they'll see that there is no such policy. She'll have to explain where the money came from, and she won't be able to. With no explanation, she'll be sent to prison Wesley Snipes style. Her daughter will be sent through the foster care to be neglected, abused, and molested. Thanks Uncle Van Damme!

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