Film: Bad Eggs
Bad Eggs 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 and Boytown, 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?Mike: Yeah.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.
- 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?Mike: "Fuckknuckles."
- 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.