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!:
Actor Allusion: At one point, Slammer asks Jack Spade what qualifies him to be a black hero, and Spade retorts, "I'm an ex-football player." In real life, Jim Brown was, of course, one of the leading running backs in NFL history.
Bernie Casey (John Slade) was also a professional football player in the NFL
Kalinga's wife and two children are blonde and white. When they come out the TV in the other room is playing the theme to The Brady Bunch. Kalinga's wife is played by Eve Plumb, Jan Brady.
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 s***." "Neither do I," says Hammer. "Want to fake it?" They then do just that.
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.
Obvious Stunt Double: Played for laughs. When Jack Spade'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.
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.
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.
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?"