Film / I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

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It's tough being a black hero.

Keenan Ivory Wayans' The Naked Gun-style Blaxploitation Parody stars himself as Jack Spade who, when he returns home, finds that his brother Junebug was killed off by a case of OG (Over Gold), which happens to involve wearing too many gold chains. Jack then seeks revenge for his brother's death by declaring war on Mr. Big (John Vernon), the one responsible for causing the massive gold chain boom in the neighborhood.

He requests the help of his childhood idol John Slade (Bernie Casey), and later enlists an army consisting of Hammer (Isaac Hayes), Slammer (Jim Brown), Flyguy (Antonio Fargas), and Kung Fu Joe (Steve James). Together, they seek to rid the neighborhood of both the gold chains and Mr. Big. Plenty of Lampshade Hangings and No Fourth Wall moments, as well as several folks involved with the Blaxploitation phenomenon.

See also Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, done by the other Wayans brothers.

These tropes are gonna get you, sucka!:

  • Apron Matron: Ma Bell.
  • Bar Slide: Actually more of a Counter Slide in a coffee shop.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Big.
  • Blaxploitation Parody: This film hits pretty much all the classic Blaxploitation roadmarks, adds a few standard action-comedy tropes, and mixes it in with clever writing and some great acting.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Lampshaded:
    Willie: Wait a second! Wait a second! You got a .45 revolver that holds six bullets! Now, I counted at least forty shots and you never reloaded!
    Hammer: That's right.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: This has been shown on network TV with Jack's poster of a topless woman blatantly uncensored.
  • G-Rated Drug: The gold chains.
  • Hand Signals: As Jack and friends enter one of Mr. Big's brothels, Slade signals to Jack and Kung Fu Joe to break into specific doors.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Hammer.
  • I Know Karate: Subverted when Kung Fu Joe squares off against the cops.
    • And again later, when Hammer and one of the bad guys square off against one another minus their guns, the bad guy hesitates and says, "I don't know any of that karate shit." "Neither do I," says Hammer. "Want to fake it?" They then do just that.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Jack to a couple of mooks.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Of Bottomless Magazines, during a shoot-out.
  • Large Ham: The singer in the bar, who is revealed to be the director's sister.
    • Kalinga. Clarence Williams III was probably picking scenery out of his teeth for days after filming his scene.
    • John Vernon also owns every minute during his brief role as Mr. Big. The ham was lovingly prepared and thoroughly devoured.
    Mr. Big: I'm sorry, boys, but THERE AIN'T GONNA BE A SEQUEL TO THIS ONE!
  • Lint Value: Chris Rock appears at Hammer & Slammer's BBQ joint. Since an order of ribs costs $2.50 and you get 5 ribs, he orders 1 rib for 50 cents. They reluctantly agree, then Rock asks for change for a $100 bill.
  • Lock and Load Montage: As the team prepares to attack Mr. Big's hideout.
  • Lonely Funeral: Junebug's.
  • Mouthing the Profanity: During the First Annual Youth Gang Competition, one of the events is a gang of teenagers stripping a car down to its parts. A referee uses a stopwatch to time the event and when they're finished, he mouths the word "fuck" and then says "It's a record!"
  • My Beloved Smother: Ma Bell.
  • Notable Original Music: The titular theme song, as well as Jack Spade's and Flyguy's theme tunes. Arguably qualify as Awesome Music material.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Played for laughs. When Jack's mother fights Mr. Big's toughs in the diner, she's replaced by a blatantly obvious stunt double - a guy in a wig, with a mustache. You can watch the scene here.
  • Phallic Weapon: Bad guy to partner:
    Willie: How come their guns are so much bigger than ours?
    Thug: It's a phallic thing, I don't know.
  • Pimp Duds: Flyguy after getting out of prison. But having been in prison for so long, his outlandish outfit gets openly mocked by the more jaded modern street thugs.
  • Prosthetic Limb Reveal: Jack meets a beautiful woman named Cherry in a bar and goes back to her place to have sex with her. Once there, she reveals that most of her is artificial, including her hair, breasts, behind and lower left leg.
  • Reality Ensues: When Kung Fu Joe is surrounded by police, he cockily challenges these extreme odds as if he has the advantage, but the police promptly fire away with everything they have and predictably shoot him full of holes. He does get away barely alive.
  • Retirony: The man about to ask his girlfriend to marry him.
  • Returning War Vet: Jack.
  • Running Gag: How DID Junebug go to the bathroom with all those gold chains on?
    • "You can go out the window, or you can take the stairs."
  • Sequel Snark: During the climax, Mr. Big acknowledges that his character is an exploitation villain in a movie.
    Mr. Big: I'm sorry, boys, but there ain't gonna be a sequel to this one.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: Heavily lampshaded with Hammer when he slips, falls and end every single revolver he is packing discharges 'all' the ammo loaded.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Jack wears his Army uniform.
  • The Stinger: An injured Kung Fu Joe finally makes it to the scene of the final battle long after everyone's gone. When a bystander tells him this little fact, a shocked Kung Fu Joe says "Yo, brother, you got a Band-Aid?"
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: When Kung Fu Joe calls Slade, Slade's answering machine lets him talk for a while before revealing that it was the answering machine talking and not Slade himself.
  • Those Two Guys: Hammer and Slammer
  • Token Evil Teammate: Arguably Flyguy. He's not exactly evil but he is a notorious pimp, he has a friendly relationship with Slade and helps them out at the end due to his own ax to grind against Mr Big.
  • Tap on the Head: Willie to Cheryl with a wrist cast and Slade to one of Mr. Big's guards with a punch to the jaw.
  • Title Drop: Several times, although some instances are slightly modified to fit the context.
  • Walking Armory: Which unfortunately all go off when Hammer falls over.
  • Walking In Rhythm: Flyguy.
  • The Window or the Stairs: Damon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison play Evil Minions who are always being told by other characters that they can leave the building via "the window or the stairs". Each time, they choose the stairs and each time they get thrown painfully down a long flight of stairs. The trope is subverted at the end of the film when the protagonist says "There's two ways you can leave this place..." at which point Wayans screams and jumps out the window. This prompts one of the heroes to say, "Didn't he know about the elevator?"

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