Film: Beverly Hills Cop II

The first sequel to Beverly Hills Cop, released in 1987.

Axel Foley is back, this time prompted to return to Beverly Hills after Captain Bogomil is gunned down in cold blood as part of a serial crime rampage. Naturally, the local police chief, Lutz, wants nothing to do with him, so he invents an elaborate cover story, first as a psychic and then later as part of a mythical intercity task force on organized crime. He's up against the "Alphabet Bandit", a man who pulls off daring crimes in broad daylight and leaves behind only a cryptic clue in the form of a coded note. With the aid of Taggart and the newly Bad Ass Rosewood, he traces the bad guys all over the city, including a car chase involving a cement mixer, the Playboy Mansion, and finally a shootout at an international arms smuggling depot. The film features Brigitte Nielsen as Karla Fry, The Dragon.

Beverly Hills Cop II provides examples of:

  • Accidental Aiming Skills: When Rosewood blows up the arms truck with an M72 LAW.
    Rosewood: (holding the launcher on his lap and reading the instructions) ...Aim through here, push this.
    [whooosh... KABOOOM!]
    Taggart: Fuck Rambo.
  • Accidental Misnaming: As a Running Gag, Lutz cannot remember Rosewood's name.
  • Badass Longcoat: Rosewood carries one in the trunk of his car, waiting for an opportune moment to use it.
  • Big Bad: Maxwell Dent.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Taggart gets to rescue Axel from Karla Fry, after he's just taken down Dent.
  • Bunny Ears Cop: Rosewood is even odder in this film than in the first, having turned into an insane driver and a Gun Nut with a Wall of Weapons.
  • Butt Monkey: Dent's henchman Charles Cain. He is used as the frontman for his operations, but he's regarded as an incompetent idiot by Dent, Karla and even his own men.
  • The Cameo: Hugh Hefner appears when Axel, Billy and Taggart track the Big Bad to the Playboy mansion.
  • Car Fu: Attempted by the Big Bad against Axel, which fails after he shoots Dent through the head. However, the collision puts Axel down long enough for Karla Fry to get the drop on him, allowing Taggart and Rosewood to play Big Damn Heroes.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Billy keeps three shotguns in the back of his car along with a Badass Longcoat in case he has to get into a climactic shootout.
  • Criminal Mind Games: Subverted in II, as the "alphabet crimes" are actually a Red Herring to cover up Dent's robbery of his own properties to finance his arms smuggling.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Karla Fry survives Dent by about ten seconds of screentime.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Rosewood insists that a traffic light is green, while Taggart correctly points out that it's red. Axel, in the back seat, helpfully offers a compromise: "It was yellow!"
  • Gender Scoff: Taggart manages to turn this into a Bond One-Liner.
    Karla: Goodbye, Mr. Foley.
    Taggart: Heh. Women.
  • Going by the Matchbook: Axel recovers the secondary Big Bad's fingerprint from one.
  • Gun Nut: Billy has a lot of guns. Made especially funny because of his Cloud Cuckoolander ways, when he's stated that he's trying to create a 'stress-free' environment at home.
  • Guns Akimbo: Billy, with dual pump-action shotguns, at the climactic shootout. Only fires that way once, though.
  • Hand Cannon: Billy upgrades to one after the shootout at the nightclub, startling and impressing Axel.
    • The Auto Mag used in the Adriano's robbery, which leads the heroes to the gun club.
    • Karla holds up Axel with a Desert Eagle at the end.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Dent's goons are unable to hit the heroes despite shooting at them on full auto at a range of less than 100 feet. Nor do they appear to have any grasp of tactics, such as suppression and flanking. Nor do they get the idea to pick up any of the heavy weapons that are close to hand.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A serial crime spree leads Axel to uncover an international arms smuggling ring.
  • Odd Friendship: Apparently middle-aged family man Bogomil and young streetwise Cowboy Cop Foley have become best of pals between the first and second movie.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Lutz ends up getting fired by the police commissioner after publicly botching the Alphabet Bandit investigation and trying to push the blame onto his subordinates.
  • Overly-Nervous Flop Sweat: Invoked by Axel Foley when he's pretending to deliver "sound seeking projectiles" to try to bluff his way into a gun club run by the Big Bad. He splashes water on his face making it look like he's sweating buckets.
  • Rare Guns: The .44 Automag used in the Adriano's job. The shells recovered from the scene become a plot point.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Bogomil and Axel appear to have become quite good friends since the last movie; getting him out of the way is necessary both to motivate Axel and so that Lutz can come in and portray the Jerkass boss.
    • The Mayor of Beverly Hills also seems like a nice, reasonable guy. He fires Lutz because of his mistreatment of his subordinates(not to mention his bungling of the Alphabet Case).
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Billy keeps at least three in the back of his car and Dual Wields two of them. Taggart is Genre Savvy enough to take one with him.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Karla Fry, portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen. This is called out by all the protagonists, and her presence at one of the robberies is a plot point, as everyone remembers the "tall blonde".
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The truly spectacular explosion of the Big Bad's shipment of illicit weapons, aboard a truck that Billy manages to destroy with Accidental Aiming Skills.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Subverted. It looks like Bogomil is going this way, but he manages to survive and is recovering by the end.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Billy was inspired by Axel after the first film to become a gun nut. He's still not all that effective at being a badass, but at least he tries.
  • Truth in Television:
    • At one point, Axel uses superglue fumes to get a fingerprint from a matchbook. Using superglue fumes to detect otherwise invisible trace fingerprints is something that has been done in real life forensics investigations.
    • Using cut down .308 Winchester cases to make .44 Automag cartridges. This is a real reloading technique used to handload the increasingly rare cartridge, and was how the round was developed.
  • Wall of Weapons: Both Billy's house and his car are loaded with weapons. Apparently, this all happened after the first movie, when Axel inspired him to badassery.
  • Wouldn't Shoot a Girl: Taggart shoots Karla Fry before she can kill Axel.