* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: The Illinois Nazis in the first film, and the Freemen-esque extremists in the sequel.
-->'''Elwood:''' Illinois ''Nazis.''
-->'''Jake:''' I fucking ''hate'' Illinois Nazis. ''[engages the clutch]''
* AdaptationDisplacement: Mentioning ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is more likely to get some people to think of the film than the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skits it's based on
* AngstWhatAngst: The film ends with the entire band in prison. No one seems to mind.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Much of the movie, but the best bit has to be "Everybody Needs Somebody".
** ... or "Sweet Home Chicago".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC6JUA8cjoY "Minnie the Moocher"]]
*** Clearly the winner, hands down.
** Three words: Gimme. Some. Lovin'.
*** RAWHIIIIIIIIIDE
** "Jailhouse Rock". Easily a match for the original version by [[Music/ElvisPresley the King himself]].
** "The Old Landmark". No wonder everyone in church was dancing to James Brown.
** Say what you will about the sequel, but there's no denying Music/ArethaFranklin's cover of the song that made her famous is ''amazing''.
*** And her performance of "Think" in the first movie is spectacular as well.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN5V-6yCbpg Shake a Tailfeather]]''
** For ''Blues Brothers 2000'', anything by The Louisiana Gator Boys is hard to beat. They have Music/EricClapton! And Music/BBKing. And Music/BoDiddley. And Dr. John. Steve Winwood. Billy Preston! Charlie Musselwhite. Koko Taylor. And numerous others.
*** Also in ''Blues Brothers 2000'', when the band is cornered at the state fair and perform a haunting rendition of "Ghost Riders In The Sky".
*** It's so awesome it summons undead cowboys on giant {{Hellish Horse}}s chasing skeletal cattle across the sky! it's quite possibly the most awesome scene ever put on film!
*** 634-5789 with Wilson Pickett and Funky Nassau are also quite catchy.
** It might be easier and quicker to say that in a ''Blues Brothers'' movie, if you hear music starting up, it's pretty much going to lead to one of these.
* ChaoticGood: Jake and Elwood Blues manage to level a Chicago mall, a gas station, the front of Daley Plaza, and several police cars in their quest to save the orphanage they were raised in. They also offer to steal the money first before getting the MissionFromGod.
* CultClassic
* DeadHorseGenre:
** The brothers' booking agent Sline explains that rhythm and blues is past its prime and [[DeaderThanDisco Disco]] [[HilariousInHindsight is in vogue]].
** Music/CabCalloway's "Minnie the Moocher" was nearly a victim to this trope. When Calloway went in to record, he was under the impression that it was his recent disco version that Landis wanted, and was highly annoyed to find out they wanted him to sing it as he originally did. He presumably changed his mind when his performance of that song in the film made him a star again.
* EarWorm: A new one every 10 minutes, but what do you expect when Music/ArethaFranklin, Music/RayCharles, Music/JamesBrown, and Music/CabCalloway are cast members?
* EpicRiff: Frequently. The Peter Gunn Theme is almost as associated with the Blues Brothers as it is for the original TV show.
* FanonDiscontinuity: {{Sequelitis}} version. Especially due to the HappyEndingOverride.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Depending on which "first" we're talking about. If you're talking about the ''characters'', that started on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. In terms of ''movies'', there's no competition between the 1980 classic and ''2000''. It's also highly regarded as the singular best (if not the only good) movies adapted from an ''SNL'' skit.
* HeReallyCanAct: Music/CabCalloway, Music/RayCharles, and Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin all get extended scenes showcasing their comedy skills.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** A Russian gangster promises one of his comrades that they will, eventually, drink vodka from Elwood's skull. Made funnier by the fact that Mr. Aykroyd now has a vodka brand which comes... in a bottle... shaped like a skull. There are even skull-shaped shot glasses available!
** Elwood's "Who you gonna call, Jake?" at the phone booth is put in entirely new perspective when you consider Aykroyd's [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 other well-known work]].
** [[Film/TheDarkKnight Another movie]] made in Chicago has featured an extended, extremely destructive chase scene through the Chicago underpass system. Soundtrack swap material, anyone?
** "Are you the police?" "No, ma'am, we're musicians." Guess [[Music/ThePolice which band]] was just beginning to become internationally famous at the time when the movie was released? Also funnier since Aykroyd's deadpan delivery of "ma'am" so perfectly foreshadows his later turn as [[Film/{{Dragnet}} Jack Webb]] a few years later.
** The brothers' agent tells them that {{blues}} is a DeadHorseGenre and they should switch their act to {{disco}}. Thirty years after the film's release, blues music is still going strong, while disco was the TropeNamer for DeaderThanDisco within a year.
* HoYay: As the [[ThoseWackyNazis Illinois Nazis]] plummet thousands of feet to their doom from an overpass, one says to the Gruppenfuhrer, "I've always loved you." The Gruppenfuhrer is not amused.
* MemeticMutation:
** "We're on a mission from Gahd."
** "I hate Illinois Nazis."
** "JESUS H. TAPDANCIN' CHRIST!"
** "Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now!"
** "YOU! You got my Cheez Whiz, boy?"
** The [[http://www.postergiant.com/mi250.jpg Briefcase Full of Blues poster]] that included the badass quote "It's 106 Miles to Chicago..." For a period in TheEighties it was one of the most popular to decorate college dorm walls.
* MemeticOutfit:
** The black suits and ties, sunglasses, and fedoras.
** Buster's suit with Converse sneakers is awfully similar to [[Series/DoctorWho the Tenth Doctor's.]]
* OneSceneWonder: As noted, several examples, the most memorable perhaps being Kathleen Freeman's "[[NunsAreFunny Penguin]]."
** The original is basically a series of One Scen Wonders: Frank Oz as the prison guard, Kathleen Freeman as the Penguin, James Brown as the Preacher, Aretha Franklin as the diner owner, Ray Charles as the owner of Ray's. There are other memorable characters as well...
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames:
** There was a platformer for the UsefulNotes/SuperNES. It has almost nothing to do with either the movies or the skit [[InNameOnly beyond the name]], controls that are poor at best, downright painful at worst, and it isn't designed too well. Oh, and it was made by Creator/TitusSoftware, who also worked on the Super NES PortingDisaster of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2'', ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}} [[SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance 64]]'' (another Porting Disaster), ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' for the Game Boy and, last but not least, ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}''. Not much more needs to be said about this.
** There was also, believe it or not, a ''Blues Brothers 2000'' game for the Nintendo 64. It was released in the actual year 2000, right at the tail end of the 64's life cycle and two whole years after the film's disastrous box office run. The handful of people who actually bought this game got nothing but a run-of-the-mill 3D platformer with Elwood running around Chicago, and the final boss was just one long rhythm mini-game. Not only a bad game, but a bafflingly pointless one.
* ReplacementScrappy: Three new Blues Brothers join Elwood in ''Blues Brothers 2000'', and none of them is a sufficient replacement for Belushi... but their singing is pretty damn good.
** Some folks actually thought Big Mac (Creator/JohnGoodman's character) came close, but lacked the sarcastic charm of Jake's character.
** Given how iconic Belushi was in the role, it's arguable that anyone who tried to fill his shoes would have found themselves facing this trope.
* RetroactiveRecognition: The would-be guitar thief Ray shoots at? Argyle from ''Film/DieHard''.
* {{Sequelitis}}: ''Blues Brothers 2000'' is generally considered inferior to the original, mostly because (as described above) John Belushi's shoes were ''very'' hard to fill. It also suffers from a story that takes some unnecessarily weird turns and a weaker script with clunkier humor compared to the original, but it does have some truly great musical numbers, which just might be enough to redeem it for blues fans.
* SpiritualAdaptation: The car chases, the level of destruction inflicted on Chicago in the climax, and the escalating number of authorities the two brothers attract as a result all bring to mind a ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' movie where the climax has the protagonists reach a five-star Wanted Level (or perhaps [[UpToEleven a six-star level]] is more accurate).
* {{Squick}}: The soiled prophylactic the corrections officer fishes out of Jake's belongings with a pen.
* VindicatedByVideo: ''2000'' bombed at the box office but did better when it went to the home market.
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