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A novel by DaveBarry. [[OnlyInFlorida Set in]] {{Miami}}, the novel satirizes the [[CrimeAndPunishmentSeries Crime and Punishment]] genre in fiction. While the novel starts out as a SliceOfLife look into the daily business of various quirky characters, things soon take a turn for drama with the introduction of Russian arms dealers and a suitcase nuke.

The book was turned into a movie in 2001, but the release was delayed almost a year because of the events of September 11th and the film plot dealing with hoodlums hijacking a plane. TheFilmOfTheBook stars Creator/TimAllen, Creator/ReneRusso, Creator/StanleyTucci, Creator/TomSizemore, Creator/JohnnyKnoxville, Dennis Farina, Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, Creator/PatrickWarburton, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, and Creator/BenFoster. Also features memorable appearances by Omar Epps, Creator/JasonLee, and Andy Richter.

Not to be confused with BigTroubleInLittleChina.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AssholeVictim:
** In TheMovie, Arthur Herk gets [[spoiler:shot at, robbed, kidnapped, handcuffed to a shelf unit, [[GroinAttack kneed in the groin]], thrown through a [[SoftGlass glass door]] ''by a cop'', [[AccidentalKiss sprayed by]] a [[ToadLicking hallucinogenic toad]], and is last seen dragging said shelf down a dark, deserted street, pursued by his visions of a demonic Martha Stewart.]] Good thing he's an utter {{Jerkass}} and the whole thing is PlayedForLaughs.
** There's also Bruce, Elliot's client, also a Large {{Jerkass}}. [[spoiler:He has his finger broken by Henry to teach him some manners, then he is carjacked by the FBI agents when he refuses to let them through a traffic jam.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Elliot had the same job as Dave Barry before he quit, and is made into the movie's main protagonist rather than just part of the ensemble.
* BigFriendlyDog: Roger.
* BetterAsFriends: [[spoiler: Matt and Jenny]], according to the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: TheMovie. Which is unfortunate, since many of the book's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funniest scenes]] don't translate well to a PG-13 rating.
** Likely done because MoodWhiplash on such a grand scale probably doesn't translate well to the screen. The book is a rapid-fire comedy that suddenly turns dark and disturbing for bits near the end before going right back to comedy. The movie just goes with comedy all the way.
* BreakTheHaughty: Arthur gets this treatment in ''spades''.
* CardboardPrison: The contractor for a prison security system is better at bribing public officials than at designing prison doors that don't open automatically during a severe thunderstorm. The contractor is also good at finding scapegoats for massive prison breaks.
* ClusterFBomb: The book more than TheMovie.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: The female cop has her shirt ripped open, revealing a red bustier.
* ContrivedCoincidence: PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Arthur Herk.
** The entire management of Penultimate.
* DieHardOnAnX: Used in the film. "We have a ''Die Hard'' situation forming in the kitchen..."
* DogsAreDumb: Roger. Hey, it's a frequent theme for DaveBarry.
* FailsafeFailure: All the doors of a Miami prison were made with over-the-counter garage door openers. When someone drove by and pressed their own garage door opener, every cell in the prison opened.
* IncrediblyObviousBomb: Inverted in the book, in which nobody thinks that the bomb looks like a bomb.
--> "It's a garbage disposal." The film continues to run with this by using exclusively point-of-view shots looking up at the people examining it... until the scene where it's finally opened and accidentally armed at the airport. It's painfully obvious ([[TooDumbToLive to everyone but the characters]]) that it's a miniature warhead with a timer attached.
* IntercourseWithYou: "I Want Your Sex Pootie" by the Seminal Fluids.
* {{Jerkass}}: Arthur Herk, "one of the few Floridians who was ''not'' [[TakeThat confused when he voted for Pat Buchanan]]."
** Bruce (Elliot's client at the ad agency) and Elliot's former boss at the newspaper also qualify. Not to mention [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Snake and Eddy]].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: The way [[spoiler: Matt and Jenny]] feel about each other in the end.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MeaningfulName: Would-be manly man Jack Pendick.
* MoodWhiplash: After Snake takes several main characters hostage, their plight is suddenly played completely straight and gets pretty disturbing when he starts threatening rape. These threats don't happen in TheMovie.
* MnogoNukesOther: The suitcase bomb.
* NotBloodSiblings: Subverted.
* OnlyInFlorida: The hitmen mention how certain things they encounter in Miami (like rabid, crazy-scary Gator fans) are found OnlyInFlorida.
** At the end of both book and movie, they are said by the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue to have sworn off ever taking a job in Florida again.
* OurProductSucks: Played with. One character's in advertising and designs a logo for a beer company called Hammerhead. He puts a picture of a Hammerhead with a caption saying, "Ugly Fish. Good Beer." (In TheMovie, this was changed to an eel.) The client hates it, and the ad changes to a more traditional beer commercial with models.
* PhonyVeteran: Snake and Eddie, for brief and unsuccessful busking.
* PoliceAreUseless: Or at least Officer Walter Kramitz is (in the movie more than the book).
* ProfessionalKiller: Henry and Leonard.
* RunningGag: Many.
** "Was that a goat?"
** The Annoyed Radio Host and the Gator Fan will be speaking anytime the radio turns on.
** Elliot drives a Geo. And it will be noted/mocked constantly.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: A couple are driving by arguing on whether or not they should move away from Florida. Then they encounter Kramitz and Herk chained to an entertainment center, Kramitz yelling at Herk that his dog is not Elizabeth Dole, nor does she want to eat his soul.
** After suffering a number of indignities and idiots in their time in Florida, the last straw comes for the two hitmen when, stuck in a traffic jam listening to two morons have a never-ending back-and-forth argument on the radio about the Gators, [[ItMakesSenseInContext a goat walks past their car.]]
* SexForProduct: Elliot and his ad for Hammerhead turns into this. "You have a guy in a boat with a girl, she's in a bikini, she has big tits, they're on a boat, and they're getting hammered! With Hammerhead! The feeling of this ad is, somebody's gonna get laid! In the background swimming around is a shark! The girl has REALLY big tits!" Poorly photoshopped-in really big tits, as it turns out, not that the client can tell.
* TakeThat: Snake [[ShootTheTelevision shoots a television]] that's playing a ''JerrySpringer'' episode. Another character comments that it's about time.
* TaughtByTelevision: One of the feds learned a lot from the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.
* ToadLicking: Why Arthur spends a significant portion of the book believing that a politician's wife wants to eat his soul. (Technically it was an AccidentalKiss, but the effect's the same.)
** In the film, this is changed to MarthaStewart.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: snake and Eddy.
** Also John and Leo (real names Ivan and Leonid), former Russian {{Scrounger}}s who moved up to gun smuggling.
* TooDumbToLive: The two thieves are told to turn on their "garbage disposal" at airport security and promptly do so. It never dawns on them that they just activated a time bomb. It's even more blatant in the movie, where the countdown starts before they even close the lid.
* VoteEarlyVoteOften: Puggy is paid to do this.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WorthyOpponent: The Enemy Toad, to Roger.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The book pokes fun at Elliot [[TheAllegedCar for driving a Kia]]. The movie changed this to an already-out-of-production Geo.
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