This [[FilmsOfThe1970s 1972 film]] is Peter Bogdanovich's affectionate homage to the ScrewballComedy.
ManicPixieDreamGirl Judy, played by Music/BarbraStreisand, relentlessly pursues Howard (Ryan O'Neal), a repressed academic, throughout UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, despite the "havoc and chaos" (in Howard's apt phrase) that follow Judy everywhere she goes. Meanwhile, the SatchelSwitcheroo has happened to four identical red-plaid suitcases: Judy's personal items, Howard's valuable (to him) musical minerals, an eccentric rich lady's jewel collection, and some unspecified "Top Secret Government Documents." HilarityEnsues.
An unofficial remake of Howard Hawks' 1938 movie ''Film/BringingUpBaby''.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Judy keeps calling Howard "Steve." This is likely a ShoutOut to ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'', where Lauren Bacall kept calling Humphrey Bogart's character "Steve", even though his name was Harry.
* ActuallyThatsMyAssistant: Or the head waiter, as the case may be.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: "And I can prove that he is in unauthorized possession of secret government... underwear."
* ChaseScene: One of the most famous in movie history.
* TheChewToy: Poor, poor [[Creator/MadelineKahn Eunice]]...
* ComicallyMissingThePoint / ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Judy has surreptitiously added a clock radio to Howard's purchase of a bottle of buffered aspirin. When he is told the astronomical combined total, he asks "Well, how much without the buffering?"
* DistractedByTheSexy: Judy pulls off a few of these during the opening sequence, causing a pizza chef to miss his toss and several drivers to crash. This is just a start to establishing her [[ManicPixieDreamGirl MPDG]] status.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: Hugh Simon, as he exits at the end of the film.
* GrandeDame: Mrs. Van Hoskins
* HenpeckedHusband: Howard.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Literally.
* HookedUpAfterwards: Eunice and Mr. Larrabee.
* JustEatGilligan: They could presumably just [[CaptainObvious open the bags to see what's actually inside,]] [[RuleOfFunny but then it wouldn't be nearly as hilarious.]]
** Arguably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in regards to the seekers of the documents and the jewels. They could've arguably gotten caught at any moment as they stole.
** Judy and Howard did try to just grab all four handbags and look through them to figure out which ones were their own. Unfortunately, they only figured out to do this during the climax, when they had to partake in one of the best chase scenes ever, and got arrested immediately after.
* LoversLedge: A rare female example that is actually [[NotWhatItLooksLike completely innocent]]. Barbra Streisand's character Judy has to go out on the window ledge to hide from Eunice, and ends up dangling in nothing but a towel. (Goodness knows [[FridgeLogic how it managed to stay on]]...)
* MacGuffin: Pretty much any plotline that doesn't involve Howard and Judy.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Judy, although her actions border on sociopathic in ways that most [[ManicPixieDreamGirl MPDGs]] don't.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Lampooned.
--> '''Hugh:''' Get your hands off me, I'm a doctor!
--> '''Judge:''' A doctor? Of what?
--> '''Hugh:''' ...Music.
--> '''Judge:''' Can you fix a hi-fi?
--> '''Hugh:''' ...No.
* PaperThinDisguise: Fritz's upside-down mustache.
* PieInTheFace: Hugh gets one (by accident, of course) during the climactic fight scene.
* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: The setting of the movie, with the obligatory high-speed drive down Lombard Street.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The entire first half of the movie.
* SheetOfGlass: One of these naturally makes an appearance during the chase scene.
* ShuttingUpNow: The bailiff in the courtroom.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/BringingUpBaby''.
* StupidestThingIveEverHeard: See ActorAllusion.
* TakeThat: The repulsive Hugh Simon is said to have been based on CausticCritic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Simon_(critic) John Simon]] [[note]]who had memorably said of Barbra Streisand's nose that it "cleaves the giant screen from east to west, bisects it from north to south. It zigzags across our horizon like a bolt of fleshy lightning"[[/note]].
* TitleDrop: Several, including ending the film with a clip from Creator/RobertMcKimson's 1950 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short of the same name.
* UptightLovesWild: Take a guess.
* WeGottaStopMeetingLikeThis: Those very words are used.
-->'''Judy:''' What's up, doc?
-->'''Howard:''' I beg your pardon?
-->'''Judy:''' You know, we've got to stop meeting like this.
-->'''Howard:''' There was this trouble between me and Hugh.
-->'''The Judge:''' You and me?
-->'''Howard:''' Not you, Hugh.
-->'''Hugh''' (helpfully): I am Hugh.
-->'''The Judge:''' You are me?
* WiperStart: During the chase scene, of course.
* YouAllShareMyStory: Four identical cases and their owners all converge on the same hotel.