is a "deadly serious comedy" about corrupt cops in Melbourne, Australia. It straddles the line between drama and comedy with the same deftness as Hot Fuzz
, which in some respects it resembles. Stars Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy and a slew of other Australian comedians and veteran actors, and directed by Tony Martin; the same team would go on to make Crackerjack
, which are much more overt comedies. Compare the Swedish film Kopps
This film contains the following tropes:
- Air Vent Escape: Discussed, Inverted and Defied in one sentence.
- Black Comedy: Hence the tagline.
- Brick Joke: Several.
- Cameo: Tony Martin, the director, as the game show host, and Jane Kennedy as another TV host.
- Chase Scene: The slowest, awkwardest and most inept one ever filmed. Quite deliberately:
Mike: Was that the most incompetent piece of driving in the history of high-speed pursuits or what?
- Chekhov's Gun: Ben and Julie's system of coded moves, and the Wridgway case.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Mike.
Ben: Did you make your one phone call?
Ben: Who'd you call?
Mike: J. D. Salinger. I figure, if you only get one phone call...
- Cluster F-Bomb: True to life.
- Deadpan Snarker: The entire cast, even the normally nervous Northey. Judith Lucy's Julie takes the cake however, given this is basically her entire shtick in anything she's in.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: "And horrified shoppers."
- Funny Background Event: More like Funny Background Dialogue, mostly satirising the Australian media.
- Genre Savvy: Mike.
- Gilligan Cut: Poulgrain's funeral.
- Incoming Ham: Ted Pratt. "YYYYEP, I smell fuckwits."
- Lampshade Hanging: Mike, several times.
- Metaphorgotten: Northey could rival Bernard Woolley.
- Newscaster Cameo
- No Backwards Compatibility In The Future: Northey's database is "an old '70s system that no one's compatible with." Although when Ben accesses it, it's clearly running Windows 98.
- No Party Given: The Premier only refers to "a family-first government". Australia now does have a Family First party, but it's made clear in one scene that it's his slogan, not his party.
- Oh, Crap: Doug Gillespie's last moments.
- Our Premiers Are Different: This one is a clear Premier Corrupt.
- Outrun the Fireball: Parodied.
- Overly Long Gag: Ted, interrupted by a passing train.
Ted: Where was I?
- Riding into the Sunset: Well, more Walking A Few Yards Up The Road Before Remembering We Have A Car.
- Rule of Three: "Those three disasters have been taken completely out of context!"
- Stuff Blowing Up: A few times, but the one you'll remember is the Aversion.
- Too Much Information: Mike.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The opening sequence of a driverless car rolling through suburban streets, narrowly missing drivers and pedestrians, even as it enters a mall, completely unnoticed and unremarked upon until seconds before it collides with stage.