Film / Boomerang

“I am Mr. Romance when I meet a woman. And then once I hit it, I lose interest, but that ain’t my fault.”

A 1992 Romantic Comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens and Halle Berry.

Murphy plays Marcus, an advertisement executive who regularly picks up women,and as soon as he has slept with them, breaks up the relationship for petty reasons. He then falls in love for real.

This film has examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Angela chooses Marcus over Gerard.
  • Animal Motif: Marcus is referred to as a dog, which is slang for a man who sleeps around, throughout the movie. He turns his head like a dog anytime he sees an attractive woman and is thinking of how to get her in bed, and his Leitmotif is “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Marcus tells Jacqueline he can’t sleep with her, because he realizes he’s in love with Angela. To which Jacqueline responds:
    Jacqueline: If you’re in love with Angela, why are you here with me?
    Marcus: Exactly. [Marcus gets up and leaves.]
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Angela slaps Marcus after he credits her with making him a better man ... which makes him attractive to Jacqueline again.
  • Asshole Victim: Marcus is spurned by Jacqueline, after spurning so many woman himself.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Marcus only realizes he’s in love with Angela after he has cheated on her. Once he comes home to be with her, he finds a "Dear John" Letter and her stuff gone. Ultimately subverted though, as she takes him back a few months later.
  • Betty and Veronica: Angela vs Jacqueline. Later in the movie, Gerard and Marcus are this respectively, to Angela.
  • Big Entrance: Strangé’s arrival at the party, riding a chariot powered by half-naked men.
  • Breakup Song: “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men and “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” by Toni Braxton
  • The Casanova: Marcus is a massive womanizer, having his assistant send flowers to numerous women saying "Only thinking of you."
  • Dada Ad: Nelson and Strangé create an ad, in which Strangé is in a flaming jungle in labor and gives birth to a bottle of perfume.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Lady Eloise
  • The Ditz: Christie comes off as this.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Marcus’ scheming to get Christie in bed by pretending to have a lost dog, then pretending to have a lost love, and immediately leaving once they have sex all set up his ladykiller character.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Angela makes unprompted remarks about how attractive Jacqueline, leading Marcus and Angela to converse about both this trope and the “Even the Guys Want Him” trope.
  • Everything Is Racist: Tyler. He accuses a white waitress of being racist because she refers to asparagus “spears” rather than “tips.” He later explains how the game of pool is actually a racist metaphor.
    Tyler: The white ball dominates everything, right? Knocks the shit out of the yellow ball, the red ball, right? And the game’s over when the white ball drives the black ball completely off the table. Now why is that?
    Gerard: I don’t know. But I’m sure you’ll tell me, my brutha?
    Tyler: It’s because of the white man’s fear of the sexual potency of black balls.
    Marcus: Now that one was interesting. And the pool table is the Earth, that’s why it’s green. And they used to think the world was flat.
  • Flanderization: Angela starts out as really laid back, and in one scene where she finds out where Marcus cheated on her, she tells him to "Stay the fuck out of her life!"; later on in the movie her cursing habits are amped up whereas, before that scene, she was relatively mellow.
  • Forgot About His Powers: After doing such a great job picking up Christie, Marcus’ technique with Jacqueline is surprisingly incompetent.
  • Friend to All Children: To further drive home that Angela is the stereotypical Nice Girl, she also volunteers as an art teacher to under-served teenagers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Averted in-universe. A depressed Marcus gives Nelson and Strangé carte blanche to make whatever type of commercial they want. The resulting commercial is so offensive that Marcus is suspended and nearly fired.
  • Ironic Echo: After Marcus cheats on Angela with Jacqueline, Angela tells him, “Love shoulda brought your ass home last night.” Later, when he has a Belated Love Epiphany and comes home to an empty apartment, the song playing is “Love Shoulda Brought You Home.”
  • Karma Houdini: Jacqueline spurning Marcus is intended to serve as comeuppance for all of his previous philandering. However, he then goes on to first steal Angela from his best friend, Gerard, and then cheats on Angela with Jacqueline. Despite all this, Marcus wins back both Gerard’s friendship and Angela’s love and gets to reject Jacqueline like she rejected him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: The whole plot point of the movie. Marcus falls in love with the one woman he thinks is his equal. But soon finds out that she's an even more ruthless player than he is.
  • May–December Romance: Marcus and Lady Eloise, though it's not exactly a romance …
  • Meaningful Name: Strangé, who is definitely a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Marcus spends most of his relationships doing this to women due to an unconscious fear of commitment. He waits until after they've had sex, then breaks up with women because they don't have tiny feet and other such jackassery. Then he finally meets a woman he can't find fault in and falls in love.
  • Monochrome Casting: Every member of the cast is of African descent, with most being African-American and a few (Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder) Afro-Caribbean.
  • Nipple and Dimed: A perfume commercial is being edited and the main characters go to great lengths to figure out whether a shot of her bare chest features a nipple. Marcus insists it's just a shadow. Eventually, the editor does a close-up and declares "It's a nipple, 'cause I'm drooling".