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    "It's everything but"

    I was watching “Grindhouse” (the last Tarantino/Rodriguez flick) and there’s an expression which I couldn’t quite understand.

    The first part of the movie is called “Planet Terror” and the second part, “Death Proof”.

    In Death Proof, three girls are talking together. At some point one girl says: “It’s everything but.” I understand the literal meaning but does this expression actually mean something else?

    Could anyone give some extra examples with "I's everything but."


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    Re: "It's everything but"

    Grindhouse has been everything but sucessful in the US (= it bombed)

    BTW, is it good?

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    I liked it.

    There's something about Tarantino's movies.

    Watching them once isn't enough to appreciate all the creativity he crammed in his flicks.

    I thought Death Proof really sucked at first, but then I watched it again and again and it grew on me.

    I watched reservoir dogs probably 10 times. I've already watched death proof 3 or 4 times.

    As far as I'm concerned, yes, it's good.

    It's just so different.

    I'm not a big fan of planet terror. Rodriguez tried to reproduce the gore in the old horror movies but it just doesn't cut it I think. The special effect are mediocre on purpose and that would be fine for a funny movie but when it's a horror movie it just prevents you from being really immersed.

    I don't know how much it is in the US. Do they charge extra because it's a double feature? That might explain why it wasn't so popular in the states. Also, not everyone is fond of the idea of watching two different movies in a row for a total of 3 hours.

    But I'm still puzzled about the meaning of "It's everything but". I guess I could type the conversation here but it relates to intimate relationships (to use a euphemism) and I'm not sure whether or not it would be appropriate considering Tarantino's lack of tact when it comes to such topics.

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
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    But I'm still puzzled about the meaning of "It's everything but". I guess I could type the conversation here but it relates to intimate relationships (to use a euphemism) and I'm not sure whether or not it would be appropriate considering Tarantino's lack of tact when it comes to such topics.
    There are two related expressions, which may have got mixed up here:

    'It's anything but...' and 'It's everything but...'. Here are some examples: of '*thing but...':

    'I expected him to be unpleasant, but he was anything but.' [= he was unexpectedly pleasant, that is, the reverse of what was expected]


    'She was all over him as soon as they were introduced - smiling, flirting... she did everything but take all her clothes off in the middle of the room.'
    [ that is, she didn't do it but she came pretty close to it]

    This 'everything but' is more commonly represented by 'all but':

    'They're not officially engaged, but they're all but.' [= not quite, but nearly/'as good as'].

    'He thought he'd lost her, so when he saw his mother come out of the changing room, he all but burst into tears' [= he didn't do it, but he came close]

    I applaud your restraint, but it's not easy without context. Hope this helps.

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    Last edited by BobK; 10-May-2007 at 10:59. Reason: corrected last example

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    I've just watched the film- I think it means 'everything but have sex'; heavy petting, etc, but no sex.

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    Did you like the film, Tdol, what did you think about it?

    Thanks for the explanation. But I think she is referring to something else.

    You know when they're talking about "the thing" do you mean they are referring to sex? Because I had the impression they were referring to something else (allow me to remain vague here).

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I've just watched the film- I think it means 'everything but have sex'; heavy petting, etc, but no sex.
    Yes, that's certainly one meaning. You get as close to sex as you can without actually having intercourse. As in: "You might be a virgin, but you're hardly pure and innocent, the way you do everything but."

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    Did you like the film, Tdol, what did you think about it?

    Thanks for the explanation. But I think she is referring to something else.

    You know when they're talking about "the thing" do you mean they are referring to sex? Because I had the impression they were referring to something else (allow me to remain vague here).
    As I understood it, they were referring to penetration.

    I did enjoy the films; three hours of the most ridiculous parody, utterly self-indulgent, but fun. I liked the adverts, the hairs on the screen and the way heads kept appearing at the foot of the screen. The whole package was very cleverly made. Death Proof was the better film, but Planet Terror was entertaining.
    Last edited by Tdol; 10-May-2007 at 08:25.

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    Re: "It's everything but"

    I just corrected the last example in post #4 (past perfect in the 'lost mother' example).

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