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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kkbb.jpg]] ->''Anyway, by now you may wonder [[HowWeGotHere how I wound up here]]. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, [[LemonyNarrator I don't see another goddamn narrator]], so pipe down. '' KissKissBangBang is a WorldOfSnark comedy-FilmNoir. The story is a parody of pulp detective novels set in the modern Hollywood entertainment scene. [[CriticalDissonance The film was a critical success, but a box-office bomb.]] The film centers around--and is narrated by--Harry Lockhart (RobertDowneyJr), a down-on-his-luck thief who is mistaken for a method actor by a couple of movie producers after he barges into their auditions while fleeing from the cops. They send him to to Hollywood for a screen test where he encounters private eye "Gay" Perry (ValKilmer) and Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan), his childhood crush from his own hometown. Perry is supposed to give Harry a few basic detective lessons to make him more believable in his role, but their very first job together sees them witnessing a murder and the dumping of the body. With a lot of bad luck, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and through several cases of mistaken identity, Harry finds himself embroiled in a real life murder-mystery... just like the pulp novels he used to read as a kid. [[GenreSavvy Applying what he knows from his reading]], Harry attempts to be the good guy for once, get the girl, and live happily ever after. ---- !!This film provides examples of: * AbusiveParents: '''Ubiquitous'''. -->'''Perry''': Did your dad love you?\\ '''Harry''': Only when I dressed up like a beer bottle, how about you?\\ '''Perry''': Well, he used to beat me in Morse code, so it's possible, but he never ''said'' the words. ** Although, the two being [[DeadpanSnarker who they are]], they could just be joking. The straighter examples involve both dead girls' fathers[[hottip:*:alright, two out of three, you pedant]]. * AccidentalInnuendo: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Harry after [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally grabbing Harmony's boob trying to get a spider]], only for Harmony to shrug it off to Harry's distaste: -->'''Harry''': Listen to me. I grab your tit, it's a fucking biggie! ''[-That came out wrong.-]'' * AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:Harry retroactively reveals he's working for Perry]] in the present day. * AnAssKickingChristmas: Lampshaded at Harmony's party, which is filled from wall-to-wall in semi-nude, writhing models in Christmas-themed costumes (including a ''reindeer''). * AnimatedCreditsOpening * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking --> '''Harry:''' Fuck this. Corpses, guys in masks, people kissing-- people. This is wrong. * AteHisGun: [[spoiler:Harmony's sister, who uses a shotgun for suicide.]] * BadassBystander: When Perry is attacked by a {{Mook}} in a park, he is saved the trouble of a gunfight when a hot dog vendor pulls out a handgun and blows the Mook away. Apparently the vendor didn't appreciate it when the Mook drove his car into the hot dog stand. * BadassGay: Perry. * BedmateReveal: Harry and Harmony's friend. * BetterThanABareBulb: The DisneyDeath scene is a perfect example. --> '''Harry''': Yeah, it's a dumb movie thing, but what do you want me to do, lie about it? * BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The case gets solved and the protagonists survive, but it doesn't change that Harmony's sister ''did'' kill herself, and both Dexter and Harmony's rapist father pay little retribution considering their crimes.]] One of the characters even notes that [[RealityEnsues things turn bitter somewhat suddenly]]: -->[[spoiler:'''Harry''': So much for un-reality. I said goodbye, watched Jonny's world go back on the fiction shelf. But while it lasted brother, it was one for the books.]] * BlackComedy * BreakingTheFourthWall: Harry's narration is conscious of the fact that he's narrating a film. In the end, Harry and Perry suddenly address the audience. * BuffySpeak: Almost every time Harry has to explain something. * BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Subverted Trope.]] * ButtMonkey: If someone is going to get smacked, tortured, beaten up or otherwise mangled, it's going to be Harry. No one else is even allowed to get shot near him without [[spoiler: the bullet hitting him, too. Every single time.]] Slightly lampshaded. -->'''Mook''': You look chilly. Come back inside.\\ '''Perry''': Actually, I'm from back East. I'm kinda diggin' the cold.\\ [Mook pistol whips Harry]\\ '''Harry''': Ow! Fuck! He's the one who said it! * CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler:Perry does it for Harmony.]] * CaptainErsatz: [[Creator/RaymondChandler Joe Chester's]] [[PhilipMarlowe Jonny Gossamer]] [[AuthorAppeal books]]. * CerebusRollercoaster: The movie frequently jumps between [[PlayedForDrama serious]] and [[PlayedForLaughs funny]]. One notable scene has [[spoiler:drugged Harry waking in a car, witnessing a murder, killing the mook in a blind rage, having a dog steal and eat his finger, to breaking down on the phone to Perry.]] * ChekhovsGag: Harry and Harmony's game of spot-the-celebrity-doppelganger ("Native American Joe Pesci", etc); a plot point later on is that [[spoiler:Harlan Dexter hired a similar-looking actress to impersonate his daughter.]] * ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Perry's "faggot gun", a miniature derringer Harry finds in Perry's glove box. As Perry says, homophobes avoid patting down his groin when checking for guns, which he later uses to his advantage.]] ** [[spoiler:Also, the revolver planted in Harry's room: Harmony, unable to get a distant Perry's attention, accidentally drops and misfires it, warning and saving Perry; and Harry inadvertently fires it playing Russian Roulette with a mook, leading to Dexter capturing them.]] * ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Harlan Dexter and his daughter]], {{Lampshaded}} viciously by Harry during his narration. -->'''Harry''': Ooo-kay... I apologize, that was a terrible scene. It's like, why was that in the movie? ''Gee, do you think it'll come back later, maybe?'' I hate it when movies do that. [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail TV's on, talking about the new power plant... hmm, I wonder where the big climax will happen]]? ** Harmony's three friends apply to this: Flicka tells Harmony that Harry is a detective (causing Harmony to push him into taking her case), and later sees Harry at the airport where she inadvertently gives him a clue (by [[spoiler:revealing Harmony is "Allison Ames"]]); and the "Homely Friend" and the waitress friend promptly return to cause more conflict between Harry and Harmony. * ChivalrousPervert: Harry has a serious case of this - no problem hitting on, looking at, or sleeping with women, but he has deep issues with any unsolicited contact and is uncomfortable with "easy" Hollywood girls. Early on in the movie he gets beat up preventing a guy from groping a sleeping Harmony at a party, only to hit on her hours after, and then sleep with her friend. Later, [[AccidentalPervert he touches her breast to get a spider]], and when says she didn't mind if he had copped a feel, he freaks out and says there's something wrong with her and the guys she hangs out with if she's become that blasé about being groped. He adamantly refuses "pity sex". * ContemplateOurNavels: A nice pause in the action where Harry looks back at his unrequited love's apartment and sighs. * CountryMatters -->'''Perry''': He called her a-- well, [[ParentheticalSwearing a bad name]]. ({{beat}}) '[[SubvertedTrope Cunt]]'. * CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted. After [[spoiler:he and Perry]] are shot, Harry briefly attempts to give [[spoiler:him]] [=CPR=]; cue [[BloodFromTheMouth blood spilling from the mouth]]. Blech. * CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Jenna Lane. Interestingly, it wasn't her ''death'' that screwed Harmony up - it was that Harmony was helpless to stop their father regularly raping Jenna from a very young age.]] * DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much the entire cast spends the movie snarking at each other, but none more so than Perry. -->'''Harry''': So are you really gay?\\ '''"Gay" Perry''': Oh no, I'm knee-deep in pussy. I just love the name so much, I can't get rid of it. * DeconstructorFleet * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Gay Perry]]. ** Then it becomes an ImagineSpot where all the other dead characters show up, as do AbrahamLincoln and [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]. * DoggedNiceGuy: Harry. Really. * DudeShesLikeInAComa: Happens twice: When Harmony falls asleep at a party, her date feels up her thigh, prompting Harry to stand up for her and get beaten up in the process. When she faints later on, he tries to swat a spider from her cleavage, waking her up and making her think that he was groping her. * ElectricTorture: Harry gets his genitals shocked by one of the villain's goons. * EndingFatigue: [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by [[LemonyNarrator Harry]].[[invoked]] -->'''Harry''': Don't worry, I saw ''{{Lord of the Rings}}''. I'm not going to end this 17 times. * EnforcedMethodActing ** According to the DVD commentary track, Robert Downey Jr. had one of the director's assistants crouching off camera jabbing him in the kidneys during the ElectricTorture scene. ** Inverted InUniverse with Harry's 'audition' in the beginning, where he's mistaken for an actor. Actually, he was running from the police and barged into the room by chance. It's perfect for the part he's reading from, however. * ExactWords: -->'''Pink-Haired Girl''': It's nothing against your boss. I'm grateful. I just--\\ '''Mustard''': I spoke to him. You'll never have to go through anything like that again. I swear.\\ '''Pink-Haired Girl''': Promise?\\ '''Mustard''': Yep. [[spoiler:[murders her] ]] * FalseRoulette: [[spoiler:Subverted. Harry really does leave a bullet in the gun, counting on probability.]] The results are brilliant. -->'''Harry''': I just put in one bullet, didn't I? -->'''Perry''': You put a live round in that gun? -->'''Harry''': [stammers] Well yeah, there was, like, [[BookDumb an 8% chance]]--! -->'''Perry''': '''[[SuddenlyShouting EIGHT?! WHO TAUGHT YOU MATH?!]]''' * FakeOutMakeOut: Perry plants a big one on Harry to fool a passerby (or if you prefer, [[Film/BatmanForever Batman]] planted one on Film/IronMan). * FakeoutOpening: Begins at a church fair with a kid doing magic. Yes, Harry lampshades this too. * FemmeFatale: Subverted by Harmony: she's coded this way, being alluring, sexual and a heap of trouble for Harry, but she's just a well-meaning screw-up like him. * FilmNoir: Noir cliches are lampshaded repeatedly in the plot. * {{Fingore}}: Harmony slamming her door in Harry's face -- and on his finger, breaking it clean off. [[spoiler: He has it reattached only to be torn off ''again'' and eaten by a dog.]] * FirstPersonSmartass: Harry's narration. * {{Foreshadowing}}: ** During the end of the second act, Harry and Harmony note that [[spoiler:everything turned out like a Jonny Gossamer novel, except in the books he always ends up getting tortured before escaping and shooting a bunch of mooks. Come the real close of the case, ''Harry then ends up getting tortured before he and Perry escape and have a shoot-out with Dexter and his mooks.'']] * FreudianSlip: When Harry is narrating as he stares at Harmony's chest in-story: -->'''Harry''': And yeah, looking back, I maybe should've said something, told her I wasn't really a nipple'''--[[VerbalBackspace DETECTIVE]]'''. Detective. Uhm, sorry... * GeniusDitz: Harry. Most often he's just TheDitz, but if any situation requires the hands of a magician-turned-thief, he's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome definitely your guy]]. * GenreSavvy: References to Noir abound, and Harmony's extensive knowledge of pulp crime novels comes in handy. [[spoiler: There turns out to be a [[JustifiedTrope reason]] for that - Harlan Dexter, who played Johnny Gossamer in an old movie and has all those novels at his home, is behind the crime.]] ** Perry knows his film noir, too. Particularly the part about how mooks always stick guns directly against the hero's back, when professionals in real life know to [[CombatCommentator never, ever do this]]. ** Perry also uses his savviness to get out of another such situation, when he [[spoiler:uses a homophobe's prejudices against him by keeping a tiny revolver stashed next to his crotch, knowing that the guy would never bother to check there]]. * GilliganCut: Complete with a subverted BadassBoast to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown when Harmony's creepy date beats up the chivalrous Harry. * HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Every 2 minutes for "Gay" Perry, but no actual action (the [[FakeoutMakeout fake kiss]] doesn't count). * HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler: Harmony calls Harry and motivates him to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome utterly destroy]] the BigBad and remaining Mooks, despite the fact he had [[OnlyAFleshWound just been shot]].]] * HilariousOuttakes: Ones that are almost funnier than the actual film. * HollywoodCalifornia: Harry is a FishOutOfWater in the Hollywood scene. * HowManyFingers: -->'''Harmony''': [puts four fingers up] How many fingers?\\ '''Harry''': Will you put that cat down? I'm allergic. * HowWeGotHere * ICallHerVera: Perry's "faggot gun". --> "It's only good for a couple of shots, then you have to drop it for something better." * IdiotHero: "YOU! '''Stop''' multiplying!" * IJustShotMarvinInTheFace[=/=]JugglingLoadedGuns: The scene in which Harry [[spoiler: accidentally shoots a mook he and Perry are interrogating]] seems to straddle the line between these tropes. * ImprobableAimingSkills: Harry in the climatic scene, apparently out of sheer HeroicResolve. Meanwhile, the villains [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't hit the broad side of a barn]]. * IntoxicationEnsues: When Harry's painkillers kick in: -->'''Harry''': Honey, put me on the list, I'll drop by. I'll see if I can stir up the kettle, stick out my hat, see if anyone shoots at it. [bursts into laughter] * KickTheSonOfABitch: Perry to [[spoiler: Harmony's father at the end.]] * KnightInSourArmour: Perry - he's mildly corrupt in the way of all FilmNoir protagonists, but still does the right thing, despite [[DeadpanSnarker bitching the whole way]]. * LemonyNarrator: Harry. -->[[BreakingTheFourthWall How about it, filmgoer?]] Have you solved the case of the... [[BuffySpeak dead people in L.A.]]? [[TakeThat Times Square audiences, don't shout at the screen. And stop picking at that, it'll just get worse.]] * LittleUselessGun: [[spoiler: Subverted]] * MaleGaze: Harry misses plot point 2 because he's staring at Harmony's chest. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] because he's also narrating and commits a FreudianSlip while he's trying to relate the plot point. * {{Metaphorgotten}}: When the mooks at the Christmas party appear: [[note]]For the record, "Ike and Mike" are old-timey nicknames for salt and pepper, so "Ike, Mike and Mustard" are your standard-issue diner condiments; the term itself makes sense, but the metaphor itself still distorts.[[/note]] -->'''Mook 1''': Well now, here we all are. Ike, Mike and Mustard.\\ '''Harry''': What the hell does that mean?\\ '''Mook 2''': You know, I'm with him on this one, man. That's pretty fucking obscure.\\ '''Mook 1''': Horse shit, I hear that all the time!\\ [...]\\ '''Mook 1''': You wanna know who we are? I'm the frying pan, see? And my boy over here, he's?\\ '''Mook 2''': Mustard. I'm Mustard, baby. * MoneyDearBoy: The Jonny Gossamer author Joe Chester, who stated "the whole series was bullshit" and "he was in it for the money." * MoodWhiplash: For [[ParentalIncest some reason]], the topic of Harmony's sister Jenna just sucks all the comedy out of the room. This is lampshaded in the end by Harry's narration. * NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:It actually is a suicide, even though the characters assume it isn't and the suicide fits cleanly into one theory on what happened]]. * NonchalantDodge: Perry wins this award for insulting a roomful of partygoers, then deftly ducking a bottle thrown at him without so much as a blink. * NotWhatItLooksLike: A funny example. Perry forcibly kisses Harry to make some cops move along. Harmony witnesses the kiss and asks why they were making out. Cut to Harry [=VOing=] that he managed to convince her he wasn't gay and that [[NoodleIncident he's not going to tell us how.]] * OldFriend: Harmony was Harry's childhood crush; when she shows up, [[HilarityEnsues hijinks ensue]]. * TheOneThatGotAway: Harmony for Harry * OneHitPolykill: A bullet goes through [[spoiler:Perry and hits Harry, but they both survive.]] * OnlyAFleshWound: Harry. [[spoiler: A gunshot wound to the shoulder doesn't seem to slow him down at all in the final showdown.]] * ParallelPornTitles: {{Parodied|Trope}}; Harmony's colleague hides a pirated movie for her in a "[[Film/LordOfTheRings Lord of the Cock-rings]]" box. * ParentalIncest: The reason Harmony leaves for L.A. is that [[CerebusRollercoaster her father is raping her little sister, Jenna.]] ** [[spoiler:Harlan Dexter is a borderline example of this, as he apparently had no qualms to sleeping with a doppelgänger of his own daughter.]] * PlaceWorseThanDeath -->'''Harry''': Swell, they're enjoying Baltimore. I'm lying here with my brains out.\\ '''Perry''': I've been to Baltimore, you win. * PlayingWithATrope: And having the time of its life. * PlayingGertrude: Harry and Harmony are the same age. Robert Downey Junior is 11 years older than Michelle Monaghan, and could pass as her father. * PocketProtector: [[spoiler:Subverted:]] -->[[spoiler:[Harry, after being shot, pulls out a Johnny Gossamer book with a hole in it]\\ '''Harmony''' [laughing]: Oh, cool! It stopped the bullet, Harry!\\ [Harmony pokes her finger through the hole in the book and frowns]\\ '''Harry''': No, not really. ''[passes out]'']] * PrivateDetective: Perry is a professional private detective, while Harry is supposed to be learning the trade for a role. * PrivateEyeMonologue: Harry's [[LemonyNarrator tangy]] narration. -->I was tired. I was pissed. I was wetter than Drew Barrymore at a grunge club. * PunnyName: [[GayParee "Gay" Perry]]. * RealityEnsues: See FalseRoulette above. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Perry delivers one to Harmony's and Jenna's father at the end of the film. * RedHerring: [[spoiler:The murder case involving Harmony's sister Jenna: granted, it is one of the events that sets the main plot in motion, but the case itself turns out to be a standard, pretty irrelevant case of suicide.]] * {{Retirony}}: Harry's partner in crime. * RoleAssociation: Batman and Iron Man solving crimes in LA. Hell. Yes. ** Batman and ''Sherlock Holmes'' solving crimes in LA. And at one point, [[HoYay kissing]]. ([[{{Sidekick}} Robin]] and [[TheWatson Watson]] must be [[ShipSinking sooooo jealous]].) * SawAWomanInHalf: DoubleSubverted in the opening. * SexySantaDress: Harmony's Christmas cocktail outfit. * ShutUpHannibal: Harry interrupts Mr. Fire's "tough guy" speech with [[spoiler: a few bullets to the chest.]] * SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: Harmony slept with every guy in high school but Harry, who was her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, and his friend Chutney out of loyalty to Harry. [[spoiler:Except that she slept with Chutney, too. Needless to say, Harry is not pleased to learn this.]] * TheSnarkKnight: Perry tries to pass himself off as this ("I'm not a good guy"). It's evident that he's noble at his core. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Perry and Harry. ''Constantly.'' * StopHelpingMe: Harry kindly asks Perry to quit antagonizing Aurelio, the man who has just ''strapped electrodes'' to Harry's privates. However, the trope is usually invoked by Perry, who often has the situation in hand until Harry comes bumbling into it. * StraightGay: "Gay" Perry, who is a badass and generally avoids gay stereotypes. On the other hand, he has several CampGay moments, such as having "I Will Survive" as a ringtone. * SpitTake: Harmony gets a couple in response to Harry's celebrity-doppelganger-spotting, with him apparently [[InvokedTrope timing them to the exact moment she's taking a drink.]] * SuddenlyShouting: -->'''Harmony''': [[spoiler:She predicted that murder, Harry! She sent you and Perry to that exact spot!]]\\ '''Harry''': That whole thing is wild. You know what else is nuts? '''''THAT YOU CUT OFF MY FINGER!''''' * TakeThat: Harry gets several, mostly at other movies. * TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Subverted. Perry puts himself between Harry and a mook, simultaneously shooting the mook and taking a bullet... but the bullet goes straight through Perry and hits Harry anyway.]] * ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Harry initially claims to be fine with sharing chastely, but gets uncomfortable when she cuddles up to him and he gets a boner. * ThisIsReality: Perry. "Do not play detective. This is not a book. This is not a movie." ** This is also the main point of the film: tearing down all the palatable trappings of a cool detective story, leaving a very sour reality-based story, but with a veneer of winks-to-the-audience and snappy banter reminding us why the fake stories are fun in the first place. * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Mr. Frying Pan and Mr. [[strike:Fire]] Mustard. * TookALevelInBadass: Harry. * ThreeAmigos: Harry, Perry and Harmony make up the TokenTrio variety. * UnexplainedRecovery: Lampshaded by [[spoiler:Perry]] being accompanied in the hospital by the assorted dead of the film, as well as [[AbrahamLincoln Lincoln]] and [[ElvisLives Elvis Presley]]. * UnreliableNarrator: Harry occasionally criticizes himself for his poor narration. * UrineTrouble: Harry spotting a corpse next to him while he's taking a leak, then turning around mid-stream. Oops. * VitriolicBestBuds: Harry and Perry. * WalkInChimeIn: -->'''Perry''': See that? Obedient little bitches, too.\\ '''Girl''': Fuck you! [throws glass, misses] * WithFriendsLikeThese: Harry and Perry. * WorkingTheSameCase: ''[[GenreSavvy Just like in those detective pulps they used to read.]]'' * WorldOfSnark * WrongGenreSavvy: Harry throwing Perry's pistol in the lake so it won't be found. His [[BrokenTreasure $2,000, customized Vektor CP1]] given to him ''by his mother'', now practically gift-wrapped for the cops to find when they dredge the lake. * YouMakeMeSic: One scene has Harmony telling Harry that "I feel badly" should be "I feel bad." He later tries to show off by 'correcting' Perry's "Sleep badly," only [[ButtMonkey to be corrected yet again.]] * YouSuck: Harry occassionally chides the audience in his narration. ** "How about you, movie-goer? Have you figured out the [[BuffySpeak case of the... dead people in LA]] yet? Times Square audiences, please don't shout at the screen, and stop picking at that, it'll just get worse." ** "And for all you good people in the Midwest, [[ClusterFBomb sorry we said "fuck" so much]]." ----
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kkbb.jpg]] ->''Anyway, by now you may wonder [[HowWeGotHere how I wound up here]]. Or, maybe not. Maybe you wonder how silly putty picks shit up from comic books. The point is, [[LemonyNarrator I don't see another goddamn narrator]], so pipe down. '' KissKissBangBang is a WorldOfSnark comedy-FilmNoir. The story is a parody of pulp detective novels set in the modern Hollywood entertainment scene. [[CriticalDissonance The film was a critical success, but a box-office bomb.]] The film centers around--and is narrated by--Harry Lockhart (RobertDowneyJr), a down-on-his-luck thief who is mistaken for a method actor by a couple of movie producers after he barges into their auditions while fleeing from the cops. They send him to to Hollywood for a screen test where he encounters private eye "Gay" Perry (ValKilmer) and Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan), his childhood crush from his own hometown. Perry is supposed to give Harry a few basic detective lessons to make him more believable in his role, but their very first job together sees them witnessing a murder and the dumping of the body. With a lot of bad luck, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and through several cases of mistaken identity, Harry finds himself embroiled in a real life murder-mystery... just like the pulp novels he used to read as a kid. [[GenreSavvy Applying what he knows from his reading]], Harry attempts to be the good guy for once, get the girl, and live happily ever after. ---- !!This film provides examples of: * AbusiveParents: '''Ubiquitous'''. -->'''Perry''': Did your dad love you?\\ '''Harry''': Only when I dressed up like a beer bottle, how about you?\\ '''Perry''': Well, he used to beat me in Morse code, so it's possible, but he never ''said'' the words. ** Although, the two being [[DeadpanSnarker who they are]], they could just be joking. The straighter examples involve both dead girls' fathers[[hottip:*:alright, two out of three, you pedant]]. * AccidentalInnuendo: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Harry after [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally grabbing Harmony's boob trying to get a spider]], only for Harmony to shrug it off to Harry's distaste: -->'''Harry''': Listen to me. I grab your tit, it's a fucking biggie! ''[-That came out wrong.-]'' * AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:Harry retroactively reveals he's working for Perry]] in the present day. * AnAssKickingChristmas: Lampshaded at Harmony's party, which is filled from wall-to-wall in semi-nude, writhing models in Christmas-themed costumes (including a ''reindeer''). * AnimatedCreditsOpening * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking --> '''Harry:''' Fuck this. Corpses, guys in masks, people kissing-- people. This is wrong. * AteHisGun: [[spoiler:Harmony's sister, who uses a shotgun for suicide.]] * BadassBystander: When Perry is attacked by a {{Mook}} in a park, he is saved the trouble of a gunfight when a hot dog vendor pulls out a handgun and blows the Mook away. Apparently the vendor didn't appreciate it when the Mook drove his car into the hot dog stand. * BadassGay: Perry. * BedmateReveal: Harry and Harmony's friend. * BetterThanABareBulb: The DisneyDeath scene is a perfect example. --> '''Harry''': Yeah, it's a dumb movie thing, but what do you want me to do, lie about it? * BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The case gets solved and the protagonists survive, but it doesn't change that Harmony's sister ''did'' kill herself, and both Dexter and Harmony's rapist father pay little retribution considering their crimes.]] One of the characters even notes that [[RealityEnsues things turn bitter somewhat suddenly]]: -->[[spoiler:'''Harry''': So much for un-reality. I said goodbye, watched Jonny's world go back on the fiction shelf. But while it lasted brother, it was one for the books.]] * BlackComedy * BreakingTheFourthWall: Harry's narration is conscious of the fact that he's narrating a film. In the end, Harry and Perry suddenly address the audience. * BuffySpeak: Almost every time Harry has to explain something. * BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Subverted Trope.]] * ButtMonkey: If someone is going to get smacked, tortured, beaten up or otherwise mangled, it's going to be Harry. No one else is even allowed to get shot near him without [[spoiler: the bullet hitting him, too. Every single time.]] Slightly lampshaded. -->'''Mook''': You look chilly. Come back inside.\\ '''Perry''': Actually, I'm from back East. I'm kinda diggin' the cold.\\ [Mook pistol whips Harry]\\ '''Harry''': Ow! Fuck! He's the one who said it! * CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler:Perry does it for Harmony.]] * CaptainErsatz: [[Creator/RaymondChandler Joe Chester's]] [[PhilipMarlowe Jonny Gossamer]] [[AuthorAppeal books]]. * CerebusRollercoaster: The movie frequently jumps between [[PlayedForDrama serious]] and [[PlayedForLaughs funny]]. One notable scene has [[spoiler:drugged Harry waking in a car, witnessing a murder, killing the mook in a blind rage, having a dog steal and eat his finger, to breaking down on the phone to Perry.]] * ChekhovsGag: Harry and Harmony's game of spot-the-celebrity-doppelganger ("Native American Joe Pesci", etc); a plot point later on is that [[spoiler:Harlan Dexter hired a similar-looking actress to impersonate his daughter.]] * ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Perry's "faggot gun", a miniature derringer Harry finds in Perry's glove box. As Perry says, homophobes avoid patting down his groin when checking for guns, which he later uses to his advantage.]] ** [[spoiler:Also, the revolver planted in Harry's room: Harmony, unable to get a distant Perry's attention, accidentally drops and misfires it, warning and saving Perry; and Harry inadvertently fires it playing Russian Roulette with a mook, leading to Dexter capturing them.]] * ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Harlan Dexter and his daughter]], {{Lampshaded}} viciously by Harry during his narration. -->'''Harry''': Ooo-kay... I apologize, that was a terrible scene. It's like, why was that in the movie? ''Gee, do you think it'll come back later, maybe?'' I hate it when movies do that. [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail TV's on, talking about the new power plant... hmm, I wonder where the big climax will happen]]? ** Harmony's three friends apply to this: Flicka tells Harmony that Harry is a detective (causing Harmony to push him into taking her case), and later sees Harry at the airport where she inadvertently gives him a clue (by [[spoiler:revealing Harmony is "Allison Ames"]]); and the "Homely Friend" and the waitress friend promptly return to cause more conflict between Harry and Harmony. * ChivalrousPervert: Harry has a serious case of this - no problem hitting on, looking at, or sleeping with women, but he has deep issues with any unsolicited contact and is uncomfortable with "easy" Hollywood girls. Early on in the movie he gets beat up preventing a guy from groping a sleeping Harmony at a party, only to hit on her hours after, and then sleep with her friend. Later, [[AccidentalPervert he touches her breast to get a spider]], and when says she didn't mind if he had copped a feel, he freaks out and says there's something wrong with her and the guys she hangs out with if she's become that blasé about being groped. He adamantly refuses "pity sex". * ContemplateOurNavels: A nice pause in the action where Harry looks back at his unrequited love's apartment and sighs. * CountryMatters -->'''Perry''': He called her a-- well, [[ParentheticalSwearing a bad name]]. ({{beat}}) '[[SubvertedTrope Cunt]]'. * CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted. After [[spoiler:he and Perry]] are shot, Harry briefly attempts to give [[spoiler:him]] [=CPR=]; cue [[BloodFromTheMouth blood spilling from the mouth]]. Blech. * CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Jenna Lane. Interestingly, it wasn't her ''death'' that screwed Harmony up - it was that Harmony was helpless to stop their father regularly raping Jenna from a very young age.]] * DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much the entire cast spends the movie snarking at each other, but none more so than Perry. -->'''Harry''': So are you really gay?\\ '''"Gay" Perry''': Oh no, I'm knee-deep in pussy. I just love the name so much, I can't get rid of it. * DeconstructorFleet * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Gay Perry]]. ** Then it becomes an ImagineSpot where all the other dead characters show up, as do AbrahamLincoln and [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]. * DoggedNiceGuy: Harry. Really. * DudeShesLikeInAComa: Happens twice: When Harmony falls asleep at a party, her date feels up her thigh, prompting Harry to stand up for her and get beaten up in the process. When she faints later on, he tries to swat a spider from her cleavage, waking her up and making her think that he was groping her. * ElectricTorture: Harry gets his genitals shocked by one of the villain's goons. * EndingFatigue: [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by [[LemonyNarrator Harry]].[[invoked]] -->'''Harry''': Don't worry, I saw ''{{Lord of the Rings}}''. I'm not going to end this 17 times. * EnforcedMethodActing ** According to the DVD commentary track, Robert Downey Jr. had one of the director's assistants crouching off camera jabbing him in the kidneys during the ElectricTorture scene. ** Inverted InUniverse with Harry's 'audition' in the beginning, where he's mistaken for an actor. Actually, he was running from the police and barged into the room by chance. It's perfect for the part he's reading from, however. * ExactWords: -->'''Pink-Haired Girl''': It's nothing against your boss. I'm grateful. I just--\\ '''Mustard''': I spoke to him. You'll never have to go through anything like that again. I swear.\\ '''Pink-Haired Girl''': Promise?\\ '''Mustard''': Yep. [[spoiler:[murders her] ]] * FalseRoulette: [[spoiler:Subverted. Harry really does leave a bullet in the gun, counting on probability.]] The results are brilliant. -->'''Harry''': I just put in one bullet, didn't I? -->'''Perry''': You put a live round in that gun? -->'''Harry''': [stammers] Well yeah, there was, like, [[BookDumb an 8% chance]]--! -->'''Perry''': '''[[SuddenlyShouting EIGHT?! WHO TAUGHT YOU MATH?!]]''' * FakeOutMakeOut: Perry plants a big one on Harry to fool a passerby (or if you prefer, [[Film/BatmanForever Batman]] planted one on Film/IronMan). * FakeoutOpening: Begins at a church fair with a kid doing magic. Yes, Harry lampshades this too. * FemmeFatale: Subverted by Harmony: she's coded this way, being alluring, sexual and a heap of trouble for Harry, but she's just a well-meaning screw-up like him. * FilmNoir: Noir cliches are lampshaded repeatedly in the plot. * {{Fingore}}: Harmony slamming her door in Harry's face -- and on his finger, breaking it clean off. [[spoiler: He has it reattached only to be torn off ''again'' and eaten by a dog.]] * FirstPersonSmartass: Harry's narration. * {{Foreshadowing}}: ** During the end of the second act, Harry and Harmony note that [[spoiler:everything turned out like a Jonny Gossamer novel, except in the books he always ends up getting tortured before escaping and shooting a bunch of mooks. Come the real close of the case, ''Harry then ends up getting tortured before he and Perry escape and have a shoot-out with Dexter and his mooks.'']] * FreudianSlip: When Harry is narrating as he stares at Harmony's chest in-story: -->'''Harry''': And yeah, looking back, I maybe should've said something, told her I wasn't really a nipple'''--[[VerbalBackspace DETECTIVE]]'''. Detective. Uhm, sorry... * GeniusDitz: Harry. Most often he's just TheDitz, but if any situation requires the hands of a magician-turned-thief, he's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome definitely your guy]]. * GenreSavvy: References to Noir abound, and Harmony's extensive knowledge of pulp crime novels comes in handy. [[spoiler: There turns out to be a [[JustifiedTrope reason]] for that - Harlan Dexter, who played Johnny Gossamer in an old movie and has all those novels at his home, is behind the crime.]] ** Perry knows his film noir, too. Particularly the part about how mooks always stick guns directly against the hero's back, when professionals in real life know to [[CombatCommentator never, ever do this]]. ** Perry also uses his savviness to get out of another such situation, when he [[spoiler:uses a homophobe's prejudices against him by keeping a tiny revolver stashed next to his crotch, knowing that the guy would never bother to check there]]. * GilliganCut: Complete with a subverted BadassBoast to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown when Harmony's creepy date beats up the chivalrous Harry. * HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Every 2 minutes for "Gay" Perry, but no actual action (the [[FakeoutMakeout fake kiss]] doesn't count). * HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler: Harmony calls Harry and motivates him to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome utterly destroy]] the BigBad and remaining Mooks, despite the fact he had [[OnlyAFleshWound just been shot]].]] * HilariousOuttakes: Ones that are almost funnier than the actual film. * HollywoodCalifornia: Harry is a FishOutOfWater in the Hollywood scene. * HowManyFingers: -->'''Harmony''': [puts four fingers up] How many fingers?\\ '''Harry''': Will you put that cat down? I'm allergic. * HowWeGotHere * ICallHerVera: Perry's "faggot gun". --> "It's only good for a couple of shots, then you have to drop it for something better." * IdiotHero: "YOU! '''Stop''' multiplying!" * IJustShotMarvinInTheFace[=/=]JugglingLoadedGuns: The scene in which Harry [[spoiler: accidentally shoots a mook he and Perry are interrogating]] seems to straddle the line between these tropes. * ImprobableAimingSkills: Harry in the climatic scene, apparently out of sheer HeroicResolve. Meanwhile, the villains [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't hit the broad side of a barn]]. * IntoxicationEnsues: When Harry's painkillers kick in: -->'''Harry''': Honey, put me on the list, I'll drop by. I'll see if I can stir up the kettle, stick out my hat, see if anyone shoots at it. [bursts into laughter] * KickTheSonOfABitch: Perry to [[spoiler: Harmony's father at the end.]] * KnightInSourArmour: Perry - he's mildly corrupt in the way of all FilmNoir protagonists, but still does the right thing, despite [[DeadpanSnarker bitching the whole way]]. * LemonyNarrator: Harry. -->[[BreakingTheFourthWall How about it, filmgoer?]] Have you solved the case of the... [[BuffySpeak dead people in L.A.]]? [[TakeThat Times Square audiences, don't shout at the screen. And stop picking at that, it'll just get worse.]] * LittleUselessGun: [[spoiler: Subverted]] * MaleGaze: Harry misses plot point 2 because he's staring at Harmony's chest. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] because he's also narrating and commits a FreudianSlip while he's trying to relate the plot point. * {{Metaphorgotten}}: When the mooks at the Christmas party appear: [[note]]For the record, "Ike and Mike" are old-timey nicknames for salt and pepper, so "Ike, Mike and Mustard" are your standard-issue diner condiments; the term itself makes sense, but the metaphor itself still distorts.[[/note]] -->'''Mook 1''': Well now, here we all are. Ike, Mike and Mustard.\\ '''Harry''': What the hell does that mean?\\ '''Mook 2''': You know, I'm with him on this one, man. That's pretty fucking obscure.\\ '''Mook 1''': Horse shit, I hear that all the time!\\ [...]\\ '''Mook 1''': You wanna know who we are? I'm the frying pan, see? And my boy over here, he's?\\ '''Mook 2''': Mustard. I'm Mustard, baby. * MoneyDearBoy: The Jonny Gossamer author Joe Chester, who stated "the whole series was bullshit" and "he was in it for the money." * MoodWhiplash: For [[ParentalIncest some reason]], the topic of Harmony's sister Jenna just sucks all the comedy out of the room. This is lampshaded in the end by Harry's narration. * NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:It actually is a suicide, even though the characters assume it isn't and the suicide fits cleanly into one theory on what happened]]. * NonchalantDodge: Perry wins this award for insulting a roomful of partygoers, then deftly ducking a bottle thrown at him without so much as a blink. * NotWhatItLooksLike: A funny example. Perry forcibly kisses Harry to make some cops move along. Harmony witnesses the kiss and asks why they were making out. Cut to Harry [=VOing=] that he managed to convince her he wasn't gay and that [[NoodleIncident he's not going to tell us how.]] * OldFriend: Harmony was Harry's childhood crush; when she shows up, [[HilarityEnsues hijinks ensue]]. * TheOneThatGotAway: Harmony for Harry * OneHitPolykill: A bullet goes through [[spoiler:Perry and hits Harry, but they both survive.]] * OnlyAFleshWound: Harry. [[spoiler: A gunshot wound to the shoulder doesn't seem to slow him down at all in the final showdown.]] * ParallelPornTitles: {{Parodied|Trope}}; Harmony's colleague hides a pirated movie for her in a "[[Film/LordOfTheRings Lord of the Cock-rings]]" box. * ParentalIncest: The reason Harmony leaves for L.A. is that [[CerebusRollercoaster her father is raping her little sister, Jenna.]] ** [[spoiler:Harlan Dexter is a borderline example of this, as he apparently had no qualms to sleeping with a doppelgänger of his own daughter.]] * PlaceWorseThanDeath -->'''Harry''': Swell, they're enjoying Baltimore. I'm lying here with my brains out.\\ '''Perry''': I've been to Baltimore, you win. * PlayingWithATrope: And having the time of its life. * PlayingGertrude: Harry and Harmony are the same age. Robert Downey Junior is 11 years older than Michelle Monaghan, and could pass as her father. * PocketProtector: [[spoiler:Subverted:]] -->[[spoiler:[Harry, after being shot, pulls out a Johnny Gossamer book with a hole in it]\\ '''Harmony''' [laughing]: Oh, cool! It stopped the bullet, Harry!\\ [Harmony pokes her finger through the hole in the book and frowns]\\ '''Harry''': No, not really. ''[passes out]'']] * PrivateDetective: Perry is a professional private detective, while Harry is supposed to be learning the trade for a role. * PrivateEyeMonologue: Harry's [[LemonyNarrator tangy]] narration. -->I was tired. I was pissed. I was wetter than Drew Barrymore at a grunge club. * PunnyName: [[GayParee "Gay" Perry]]. * RealityEnsues: See FalseRoulette above. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Perry delivers one to Harmony's and Jenna's father at the end of the film. * RedHerring: [[spoiler:The murder case involving Harmony's sister Jenna: granted, it is one of the events that sets the main plot in motion, but the case itself turns out to be a standard, pretty irrelevant case of suicide.]] * {{Retirony}}: Harry's partner in crime. * RoleAssociation: Batman and Iron Man solving crimes in LA. Hell. Yes. ** Batman and ''Sherlock Holmes'' solving crimes in LA. And at one point, [[HoYay kissing]]. ([[{{Sidekick}} Robin]] and [[TheWatson Watson]] must be [[ShipSinking sooooo jealous]].) * SawAWomanInHalf: DoubleSubverted in the opening. * SexySantaDress: Harmony's Christmas cocktail outfit. * ShutUpHannibal: Harry interrupts Mr. Fire's "tough guy" speech with [[spoiler: a few bullets to the chest.]] * SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: Harmony slept with every guy in high school but Harry, who was her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, and his friend Chutney out of loyalty to Harry. [[spoiler:Except that she slept with Chutney, too. Needless to say, Harry is not pleased to learn this.]] * TheSnarkKnight: Perry tries to pass himself off as this ("I'm not a good guy"). It's evident that he's noble at his core. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Perry and Harry. ''Constantly.'' * StopHelpingMe: Harry kindly asks Perry to quit antagonizing Aurelio, the man who has just ''strapped electrodes'' to Harry's privates. However, the trope is usually invoked by Perry, who often has the situation in hand until Harry comes bumbling into it. * StraightGay: "Gay" Perry, who is a badass and generally avoids gay stereotypes. On the other hand, he has several CampGay moments, such as having "I Will Survive" as a ringtone. * SpitTake: Harmony gets a couple in response to Harry's celebrity-doppelganger-spotting, with him apparently [[InvokedTrope timing them to the exact moment she's taking a drink.]] * SuddenlyShouting: -->'''Harmony''': [[spoiler:She predicted that murder, Harry! She sent you and Perry to that exact spot!]]\\ '''Harry''': That whole thing is wild. You know what else is nuts? '''''THAT YOU CUT OFF MY FINGER!''''' * TakeThat: Harry gets several, mostly at other movies. * TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Subverted. Perry puts himself between Harry and a mook, simultaneously shooting the mook and taking a bullet... but the bullet goes straight through Perry and hits Harry anyway.]] * ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Harry initially claims to be fine with sharing chastely, but gets uncomfortable when she cuddles up to him and he gets a boner. * ThisIsReality: Perry. "Do not play detective. This is not a book. This is not a movie." ** This is also the main point of the film: tearing down all the palatable trappings of a cool detective story, leaving a very sour reality-based story, but with a veneer of winks-to-the-audience and snappy banter reminding us why the fake stories are fun in the first place. * ThoseTwoBadGuys: Mr. Frying Pan and Mr. [[strike:Fire]] Mustard. * TookALevelInBadass: Harry. * ThreeAmigos: Harry, Perry and Harmony make up the TokenTrio variety. * UnexplainedRecovery: Lampshaded by [[spoiler:Perry]] being accompanied in the hospital by the assorted dead of the film, as well as [[AbrahamLincoln Lincoln]] and [[ElvisLives Elvis Presley]]. * UnreliableNarrator: Harry occasionally criticizes himself for his poor narration. * UrineTrouble: Harry spotting a corpse next to him while he's taking a leak, then turning around mid-stream. Oops. * VitriolicBestBuds: Harry and Perry. * WalkInChimeIn: -->'''Perry''': See that? Obedient little bitches, too.\\ '''Girl''': Fuck you! [throws glass, misses] * WithFriendsLikeThese: Harry and Perry. * WorkingTheSameCase: ''[[GenreSavvy Just like in those detective pulps they used to read.]]'' * WorldOfSnark * WrongGenreSavvy: Harry throwing Perry's pistol in the lake so it won't be found. His [[BrokenTreasure $2,000, customized Vektor CP1]] given to him ''by his mother'', now practically gift-wrapped for the cops to find when they dredge the lake. * YouMakeMeSic: One scene has Harmony telling Harry that "I feel badly" should be "I feel bad." He later tries to show off by 'correcting' Perry's "Sleep badly," only [[ButtMonkey to be corrected yet again.]] * YouSuck: Harry occassionally chides the audience in his narration. ** "How about you, movie-goer? Have you figured out the [[BuffySpeak case of the... dead people in LA]] yet? Times Square audiences, please don't shout at the screen, and stop picking at that, it'll just get worse." ** "And for all you good people in the Midwest, [[ClusterFBomb sorry we said "fuck" so much]]." ----[[redirect:Film/KissKissBangBang]]
7th Apr '13 7:10:21 PM JIKTV
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** Then it becomes an ImagineSpot where all the other dead characters show up, as do AbrahamLincoln and {{Elvis}}.
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** Then it becomes an ImagineSpot where all the other dead characters show up, as do AbrahamLincoln and {{Elvis}}.[[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]].
1st Apr '13 1:51:19 PM TinyTedDanson
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* CerebusRollercoaster: The movie frequently jumps between [[PlayedForDrama serious]] and [[PlayedForLaughs funny]]. One notable scene has [[spoiler:drugged Harry waking in a car, witnessing a murder, killing the mook in a blind rage, having a dog steal and eat his finger, to breaking down on the phone to Perry.]]

** [[spoiler:Also, the revolver planted in Harry's room, which later goes off and saves Perry, and gets Harry and Perry captured by Dexter (when the former accidentally shoots a mook during Russian Roulette).]]
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** [[spoiler:Also, the revolver planted in Harry's room, which later goes off and saves Perry, and gets Harry and Perry captured by Dexter (when the former room: Harmony, unable to get a distant Perry's attention, accidentally shoots a mook during drops and misfires it, warning and saving Perry; and Harry inadvertently fires it playing Russian Roulette).Roulette with a mook, leading to Dexter capturing them.]]

** Also, Flicka and the girl Harry runs into at the Christmas party with the living art. Though the later takes all of two minutes to come back. * CerebusRollercoaster: The movie frequently jumps between [[PlayedForDrama serious]] and [[PlayedForLaughs funny]]. One notable scene has [[spoiler:drugged Harry waking in a car, witnessing a murder, killing the mook in a blind rage, having a dog steal and eat his finger, to breaking down on the phone to Perry.]]
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** Also, Harmony's three friends apply to this: Flicka tells Harmony that Harry is a detective (causing Harmony to push him into taking her case), and later sees Harry at the airport where she inadvertently gives him a clue (by [[spoiler:revealing Harmony is "Allison Ames"]]); and the girl Harry runs into at "Homely Friend" and the Christmas party with the living art. Though the later takes all of two minutes waitress friend promptly return to come back. * CerebusRollercoaster: The movie frequently jumps cause more conflict between [[PlayedForDrama serious]] and [[PlayedForLaughs funny]]. One notable scene has [[spoiler:drugged Harry waking in a car, witnessing a murder, killing the mook in a blind rage, having a dog steal and eat his finger, to breaking down on the phone to Perry.]]Harmony.

* CountryMatters -->'''Perry''': He called her a... Well, [[ParentheticalSwearing a bad name]]. '[[SubvertedTrope Cunt]]'.
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* CountryMatters CountryMatters -->'''Perry''': He called her a... Well, a-- well, [[ParentheticalSwearing a bad name]]. ({{beat}}) '[[SubvertedTrope Cunt]]'.

* CountryMatters -->'''Perry''': He called her a... Well, [[ParentheticalSwearing {{Foreshadowing}}: ** During the end of the second act, Harry and Harmony note that [[spoiler:everything turned out like a bad name]]. '[[SubvertedTrope Cunt]]'.Jonny Gossamer novel, except in the books he always ends up getting tortured before escaping and shooting a bunch of mooks. Come the real close of the case, ''Harry then ends up getting tortured before he and Perry escape and have a shoot-out with Dexter and his mooks.'']]

* {{Metaphorgotten}} -->'''First Hitman:''' Well now, here we all are. Ike, Mike and Mustard.\\ '''Harry:''' What the hell does that mean?\\ '''Second Hitman:''' You know, I'm with him on this one, man. That's pretty fucking obscure.\\ '''First Hitman:''' Horse shit, I hear that all the time!\\ '''Second Hitman:''' You do?\\ '''First Hitman:''' Yeah, sure.\\ '''Second Hitman:''' Where, at the 1942 club?\\ '''First Hitman:''' Hey, just 'cause you didn't get in...\\ '''Second Hitman:''' Motherfucker, I could've gotten in!\\ [later]\\ '''First Hitman:''' You wanna know who we are? I'm the frying pan, see? And my boy over here, he's?\\ '''Second Hitman:''' Mustard. I'm Mustard, baby. ** Since the movie never explains it: "Ike and Mike" are old-timey nicknames for salt and pepper, so "Ike, Mike and Mustard" are your standard-issue diner condiments. * MoneyDearBoy: The Jonny Gossamer author Joe Chester.
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* {{Metaphorgotten}} -->'''First Hitman:''' {{Metaphorgotten}}: When the mooks at the Christmas party appear: [[note]]For the record, "Ike and Mike" are old-timey nicknames for salt and pepper, so "Ike, Mike and Mustard" are your standard-issue diner condiments; the term itself makes sense, but the metaphor itself still distorts.[[/note]] -->'''Mook 1''': Well now, here we all are. Ike, Mike and Mustard.\\ '''Harry:''' '''Harry''': What the hell does that mean?\\ '''Second Hitman:''' '''Mook 2''': You know, I'm with him on this one, man. That's pretty fucking obscure.\\ '''First Hitman:''' '''Mook 1''': Horse shit, I hear that all the time!\\ '''Second Hitman:''' You do?\\ '''First Hitman:''' Yeah, sure.\\ '''Second Hitman:''' Where, at the 1942 club?\\ '''First Hitman:''' Hey, just 'cause you didn't get in...\\ '''Second Hitman:''' Motherfucker, I could've gotten in!\\ [later]\\ '''First Hitman:''' [...]\\ '''Mook 1''': You wanna know who we are? I'm the frying pan, see? And my boy over here, he's?\\ '''Second Hitman:''' '''Mook 2''': Mustard. I'm Mustard, baby. ** Since the movie never explains it: "Ike and Mike" are old-timey nicknames for salt and pepper, so "Ike, Mike and Mustard" are your standard-issue diner condiments. * MoneyDearBoy: The Jonny Gossamer author Joe Chester.Chester, who stated "the whole series was bullshit" and "he was in it for the money."

* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The death of Harmony's sister Jenna, which turns out to be a pretty irrelevant suicide.]]
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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The death of murder case involving Harmony's sister Jenna, which Jenna: granted, it is one of the events that sets the main plot in motion, but the case itself turns out to be a standard, pretty irrelevant case of suicide.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The death of Harmony's sister Jenna, which turns out to be a pretty irrelevant suicide.]]ThreeAmigos: Harry, Perry and Harmony make up the TokenTrio variety.
5th Mar '13 2:13:24 PM SeptimusHeap
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Dead Little Sister was renamed to Cynicism Catalyst. Misuse and Zero Context Examples are being purged.
* DeadLittleSister: [[spoiler:Jenna Lane. Interestingly, it wasn't her ''death'' that screwed Harmony up - it was that Harmony was helpless to stop their father regularly raping Jenna from a very young age.]]
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* DeadLittleSister: CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Jenna Lane. Interestingly, it wasn't her ''death'' that screwed Harmony up - it was that Harmony was helpless to stop their father regularly raping Jenna from a very young age.]]

* MoodWhiplash: For [[ParentalIncest some]] [[DeadLittleSister reason]], the topic of Harmony's sister Jenna just sucks all the comedy out of the room. This is lampshaded in the end by Harry's narration.
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* MoodWhiplash: For [[ParentalIncest some]] [[DeadLittleSister some reason]], the topic of Harmony's sister Jenna just sucks all the comedy out of the room. This is lampshaded in the end by Harry's narration.
20th Feb '13 1:18:14 PM TinyTedDanson
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The case gets solved and the protagonists survive, but it doesn't change that Harmony's sister ''did'' kill herself, and both Dexter and Harmony's rapist father pay little retribution considering their crimes.]] One of the characters even notes that [[RealityEnsues things turn bitter somewhat suddenly]]: -->[[spoiler:'''Harry''': So much for un-reality. I said goodbye, watched Jonny's world go back on the fiction shelf. But while it lasted brother, it was one for the books.]]

** Inverted InUniverse with Harry's 'audition' in the beginning, where he's mistaken for an actor. Actually, he was running from the police and barged into the room by chance. It's perfect for the part he's reading from, however.
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** Inverted InUniverse with Harry's 'audition' in the beginning, where he's mistaken for an actor. Actually, he was running from the police and barged into the room by chance. It's perfect for the part he's reading from, however.
9th Feb '13 10:02:32 PM damus2300
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* [[HowWeGotHere How Harry Got To The Party]]
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* [[HowWeGotHere How Harry Got To The Party]]HowWeGotHere
8th Feb '13 4:49:45 PM johnnye
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* ChekhovsGag: Harry and Harmony's game of spot-the-celebrity-doppelganger ("Native American Joe Pesci", etc); a plot point later on is that [[spoiler:Harlan Dexter hired a similar-looking actress to impersonate his daughter.]]

* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Every 2 minutes, but no actual action (the fake kiss doesn't count).
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* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: Every 2 minutes, minutes for "Gay" Perry, but no actual action (the [[FakeoutMakeout fake kiss kiss]] doesn't count).

* ImprobableAimingSkills: Harry in the climatic scene. Meanwhile, the villains [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't hit the broad side of a barn]].
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Harry in the climatic scene.scene, apparently out of sheer HeroicResolve. Meanwhile, the villains [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't hit the broad side of a barn]].

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Harry SpitTake: Harmony gets a couple in response to Harry's celebrity-doppelganger-spotting, with him apparently [[InvokedTrope timing them to the climatic scene. Meanwhile, the villains [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy can't hit the broad side of exact moment she's taking a barn]].drink.]]
4th Feb '13 9:21:04 PM johnnye
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Harry throwing Perry's pistol in the lake so it can't be traced. His [[BrokenTreasure $2,000, customized Vektor CP1]] given to him ''by his mother'', now practically gift-wrapped for the cops to find when they dredge the lake. ** Although for being a RareGun, quite curiously another one appears in Harry's hands later in the film
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* WorldOfSnark * WrongGenreSavvy: Harry throwing Perry's pistol in the lake so it can't won't be traced.found. His [[BrokenTreasure $2,000, customized Vektor CP1]] given to him ''by his mother'', now practically gift-wrapped for the cops to find when they dredge the lake. ** Although for being a RareGun, quite curiously another one appears in Harry's hands * YouMakeMeSic: One scene has Harmony telling Harry that "I feel badly" should be "I feel bad." He later in the filmtries to show off by 'correcting' Perry's "Sleep badly," only [[ButtMonkey to be corrected yet again.]]
4th Feb '13 9:03:02 PM johnnye
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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Averted Trope.]]
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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Averted Subverted Trope.]]

* NotWhatItLooksLike: A funny example. Perry forcibly kisses Harry to make some cops move along. Harmony witnesses the kiss and asks why they were making out. Cut to Harry [=VOing=] that he managed to convince her he wasn't gay and that he ''still'' doesn't know how he managed to pull that off.
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: A funny example. Perry forcibly kisses Harry to make some cops move along. Harmony witnesses the kiss and asks why they were making out. Cut to Harry [=VOing=] that he managed to convince her he wasn't gay and that he ''still'' doesn't know how he managed [[NoodleIncident he's not going to pull that off.tell us how.]]

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: OneHitPolykill: A funny example. Perry forcibly kisses Harry to make some cops move along. Harmony witnesses the kiss bullet goes through [[spoiler:Perry and asks why hits Harry, but they were making out. Cut to Harry [=VOing=] that he managed to convince her he wasn't gay and that he ''still'' doesn't know how he managed to pull that off.both survive.]]
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