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Film: Four Brothers
They came home to bury mom... and her killer.

A loosely based remake of the 1965 western film The Sons of Katie Elder, Four Brothers is a 2005 movie about what happens when beloved citizen Evelyn Mercer is murdered in a store heist. Her four dangerous adoptive sons come to her funeral: Bobby Mercer (Mark Wahlberg), Angel Mercer (Tyrese Gibson), and Jack Mercer (Garrett Hedlund) join the regenerated ex-union leader, Jeremiah Mercer (André 3000). They decide to investigate the murder, discover that her execution was intentional, and resolve to find the criminals by themselves.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: At least two of the brothers, Bobby and Jack, are alluded to having these (either biological or foster) before Evelyn adopted them.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Bobby could be considered this prior to his mother's murder, although he becomes much more involved after returning to Detroit.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Jack is often treated like this, especially when he tries to act as the Only Sane Man by telling his brothers to stop doing something dangerous or stupid. Unfortunately, he's often promptly told to shut up.
  • Asian Store-Owner: The owner of the store where Evelyn was killed is Middle Eastern.
  • Badass: All of the four brothers share this trait, though its Bobby and Angel who do most of the work.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Bobby's last name goes really well with the tattoo he has inked in across his back: "No Mercy".
  • Bad Boss: Victor Sweet.
  • Batman Gambit: The brothers pull one off at the end, exploiting Victor Sweet's Bad Boss tendencies to turn his men against him while playing on the paranoia of Dirty Cop Fowler to manipulate him into getting himself killed.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever hurt a member of Bobby Mercer's family or talk bad about Evelyn around Jack. Period.
  • Big Bad: Victor Sweet.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The three oldest brothers all have this, but it's especially clear in Bobby.
  • Big Little Brother: The youngest of the four brothers, Jack, is by far the tallest. Coincidentally, Bobby is the shortest.
  • Butt Monkey: Jack.
  • Car Chase: Bobby, Angel, and Jack chase down the men who were hired to kill their mother through Detroit during a blizzard.
    • On rims when their front tires get shot.
  • The Casanova: Angel certainly acts like one, although the results can be questionable at times.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: All over the place, especially if Bobby's in the scene.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Bobby is not at all above this if it gets him the information that he wants or the person killed a member of his family.
    "Now I gotta light your ass on fire! All I wanted was a name, but you're gonna make me turn your ass into the black gingerbread man now!"
  • Cosmic Plaything: Jack.
  • Crapsack City: Detroit is definitely portrayed as this.
  • Creator Cameo: Jon Singleton is the goalie of the opposing hockey team during the Turkey Cup scene.
  • The Cutie: Jack.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of the brothers have this in spades.
  • Detroit
  • Dirty Cop: Detective Fowler.
  • The Danza : Sofia Vergara as Sofi.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Victor Sweet's abused underlings probably would have turned on him for free, but the $400,000 Bobby bribes them with is enough for them to happily bury Sweet under a frozen lake once Bobby's done knocking the shit out of him.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Implied to have happened quite often, both in the past and present. Of course, it's also stated that Evelyn always found out what they did anyways.
  • The Dragon: Detective Fowler.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Jack has plenty including "Cracker Jack", "Jackie Poo" and "Little Fairy".
  • Engineered Public Confession
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: And how.
  • Fake American: Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is British, plays Victor Sweet
  • Fan Disservice: In the same scene in which we get Fanservice, Bobby is sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper. Angel tells him to light a match.
  • Fanservice: Every brother but Bobby gets a shirtless scene and as a bonus Jack is completely naked in the shower. Also Sofi in her lacy bra and panties.
  • Flaw Exploitation: The brothers brutally exploit Victor Sweet's mistreatment of his workers, turning them against Sweet with the right incentive.
  • Flipping the Bird: Numerous times, both by the brothers and the hired guns. The latter usage has tragic results.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Jeremiah and Jack are far more responsible and rational than their more impulsive and hot-headed brothers, Bobby and Angel.
    • Making Jack's death all the more surprising.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The brothers seem to fit this — Bobby is Choleric, Jeremiah is Melancholic, Angel is Sanguine, and Jack is Phlegmatic.**
  • Four Is Death: Enforced then subverted.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The brothers successfully track down and finish off their mother's killer, but they never anticipated losing their youngest brother in the process.
  • Good Is Not Nice: All four brothers, especially Bobby.
  • Happily Adopted: Jack states in a deleted scene that they never went in search of their biological parents because Evelyn was enough.
  • Happily Married: Jeremiah's wife is incredibly loving and understanding, Jeremiah thinks of her and the kids as he's stabbing a man to death.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Bobby and Victor.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Played for Laughs but they drop him anyway.
  • Ice Hockey: A number of scenes revolve around either playing, discussing, or watching the sport. One scene even includes a Creator Cameo.
  • Implied Death Threat: Bobby and Angel love this trope, as does Victor Sweet and his cronies. However, by the climax, full-out death threats become more the norm.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bobby was known as the Michigan Mauler during his minor league ice hockey days.
  • Kick the Dog: Victor Sweet's usual way of punishment even going so far as forcing Evan and his wife to eat food off of the floor for "sitting in his seat". He also demands that one of his mooks let him have sex with his fiancee. Luckily, he never gets to.
  • Kill the Cutie: In classic Jon Singleton Style.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Bobby. He turns into this when any of his brothers are hurt, but especially Jack.
  • Lying to the Perp: Fowler's ultimate demise.
  • Mama Bear: Evelyn in general, but especially evident when she goes to the police after finding out that Victor Sweet was trying to illegally shut down Jeremiah's development project.
  • Manly Tears : Many tears are shed, but especially Bobby.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Victor Sweet's men turn against him, thanks to the brothers paying them money Sweet has been withholding. Sweet forgot the Union history with his men - Union guys stand up for their own rights.
  • Morality Chain: Evelyn was this to the title characters. The film starts with her grisly murder, and then the boys find out that this wasn't a random mugging, but she was executed per orders of the Big Bad.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Many of the TV spots for the film made it seem like a comedy, with a scene leading to the death of a major character being taken out of context and Played for Laughs.
  • Nice Guy: Jack.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During the shooting when Jack is shot and killed Bobby is so enraged that Angel has to pull him off of the guy in mid-gunfight.
  • N-Word Privileges: All of the characters do this, but Bobby is definitely the worse offender, especially since he's white and tends to drops N-bombs like candy whenever he's pissed off. This is likely a result of Bobby growing up with two black brothers and living in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Detroit.
  • Papa Wolf: Jeremiah slowly gets to this in the end.
  • Parental Abandonment: Angel and Bobby don't even have adoption papers.
  • Playing Against Type: Chiwetel Ejiofor as a gangster.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You killed my mother and my little brother, you motherfucker. Thank Victor Sweet!" BANG!
  • Pyro Maniac: Bobby seems to love playing with fire, to the point where Jerry is fearful for his house's safety. He also likes to threaten people with it.
    Jeremiah: Do you remember when I built that tree house and you burnt that shit down? Boy, I wanted to kick your ass!
    Bobby: Don't worry, your house is brick, I ain't gonna burn it down.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bobby and Angel are as red as you can get, Jeremiah and Jack are quite clearly in the blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Doubly over.
  • Scary Black Man: Angel likes to use this stereotype to intimidate people during interrogations.
  • Scenery Gorn: The depressingly colorless scenes of a rundown, desolate, and snowy Detroit are eerily haunting.
  • Sibling Team: And probably one of the sexiest.
  • Snow Means Death: Bobby and Angel shoot their mother's killers in the middle of thick snow fall.
  • Spicy Latina: Angel's on again-off again girlfriend, Sofi.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: When Lt. Green goes to confront Fowler at the bar, The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes" is playing on the jukebox.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Jack's death.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Oh yes and it's awesome.
  • The Siege: Happens when Sweet's men goes to attack the Mercers at their home.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Evelyn's rosary, which Bobby wears around his neck during the movie.
  • Tranquil Fury: Bobby's final fight with Sweet.
  • Vigilante Execution: The Mercer brothers take out many of Sweet's cronies and eventually Sweet himself without any permanent legal repercussions.
  • Villain Protagonist: Bobby is this or Nominal Hero.
  • Violence Discretion Shot: Played straight with Evelyn's murder, but later subverted when Bobby watches the security footage and we see her being gunned down.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sofi and Bobby seem to be this, they argue and insult each other constantly but she seems to be the only person other than his brothers that he trusts to get stuff done.

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