U2 mentioned in books/movies

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U2 mentioned in books/movies
« on: November 08, 2020, 08:36:04 AM »
We used to have a thread similar to this...but I sure can't find it. What books and/or movies have U2 or U2 music been mentioned in?

I'm currently reading Desperation by Stephen King, and he mentions Rattle And Hum.

All I Want Is You was played in the last scene of Contagion.

I forget what book it was, but a character talked about "Sledge", a combo of Slash and Edge. lol

I know there are many others...but of course, I can't think of any right now...you guys have any?

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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 08:55:49 AM »
On the final episode of the great series The Americans, they used WOWY at a moment that was extremely cathartic for a main character. It was chilling.
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 09:15:03 AM »
Since I chucked Desperation in the garbage 25 years ago (along with its companion, The Regulators), I can't check. What was the R&H reference?

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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2020, 10:01:12 AM »
U2 is mentioned quite frequently in 'from the sky down'
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2020, 10:40:11 AM »
In the movie The Commitments, when they are holding auditions, the father says "I bet u2 are shitting themselves"
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2020, 10:41:13 AM »
The Stephen Dorf (whatever happened to him) movie Entropy, is based around u2
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2020, 10:46:51 AM »
U2 is mentioned quite frequently in 'from the sky down'
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2020, 10:47:35 AM »
Killing Bono.

Good flick.
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2020, 10:50:05 AM »
The Stephen Dorf (whatever happened to him) movie Entropy, is based around u2

Entropy I believe it is called

Actually saw Stephen Dorff in a movie the other night. Don't call the name but he was an actor named Johnny Marco

Also he was in Season 3 of True Detective which is quite good
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2020, 11:17:43 AM »
A number of Bret Easton Ellis's books reference U2.

There is a scene in American Psycho where the narrator is invited to a U2 concert. He develops a brief fascination with Bono during the concert. Also, in the novel Glamorama, the song "Even Better than the Real Thing" serves as a kind of motif, the lyric "we'll slide down the surface of things" is frequently referenced.

I think there are probably a few other U2 references in Ellis's books, but I can't recall them. It is hard to tell if Ellis is a fan or if he hates them. They aren't included in the selections of review of naff MOR music Bateman likes (late period Genesis, Huey Lewis and the News, Whitney Houston), so I guess Ellis quite likes U2.

https://www.litcharts.com/lit/american-psycho/concert
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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2020, 01:37:40 PM »
Cheryl Strayed Wild has her listening to the Joshua Tree in the beginning


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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2020, 04:37:35 PM »
If you go listen to Bad in Youtube, since the last month there are a lot of fans of a series named "The 100" checking out the song because it was featured in the series finale.

Before that, you would have found some people who discovered Bad because of a book named Eleanor & Park as, apparently, one of the main characters was in love with the song.

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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2020, 05:00:44 PM »
A number of Bret Easton Ellis's books reference U2.

There is a scene in American Psycho where the narrator is invited to a U2 concert. He develops a brief fascination with Bono during the concert. Also, in the novel Glamorama, the song "Even Better than the Real Thing" serves as a kind of motif, the lyric "we'll slide down the surface of things" is frequently referenced.

I think there are probably a few other U2 references in Ellis's books, but I can't recall them. It is hard to tell if Ellis is a fan or if he hates them. They aren't included in the selections of review of naff MOR music Bateman likes (late period Genesis, Huey Lewis and the News, Whitney Houston), so I guess Ellis quite likes U2.

https://www.litcharts.com/lit/american-psycho/concert

I've read American Psycho. I don't recall Bateman's obsession being so kind to Bono, though. Doesn't he call his body tubby or something?

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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2020, 03:05:02 AM »
During the "Making the Bomb" scene of Blown Away (Tommy Lee Jones/Jeff Bridges)


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Re: U2 mentioned in books/movies
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2020, 07:22:59 AM »
A number of Bret Easton Ellis's books reference U2.

There is a scene in American Psycho where the narrator is invited to a U2 concert. He develops a brief fascination with Bono during the concert. Also, in the novel Glamorama, the song "Even Better than the Real Thing" serves as a kind of motif, the lyric "we'll slide down the surface of things" is frequently referenced.

I think there are probably a few other U2 references in Ellis's books, but I can't recall them. It is hard to tell if Ellis is a fan or if he hates them. They aren't included in the selections of review of naff MOR music Bateman likes (late period Genesis, Huey Lewis and the News, Whitney Houston), so I guess Ellis quite likes U2.

https://www.litcharts.com/lit/american-psycho/concert

I've read American Psycho. I don't recall Bateman's obsession being so kind to Bono, though. Doesn't he call his body tubby or something?

I don't know if you're being serious.

Bateman is at best a pathological narcissist, at worst a psychopathic villain. So if his obsession is unfavourable to Bono, that's probably a good thing for Bono, yeh?