Johnny Dangerously is a comedic film produced by 20th Century Fox in 1984, and is primarily an Affectionate Parody of gangster movies set in Prohibition-EraNew York City. The title character is played by Michael Keaton, portraying a youth who joins an organized crime gang in order to raise money to pay for medical procedures for his ailing mother.The movie begins its light-hearted path with an Animated Credits Opening featuring images of Manhattan locales set to "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "This Is The Life".We are introduced to the owner of "Kelly's Pet Shop," Mr. Kelly, who apprehends a would-be thief and, after being treated to a tough-guy attitude, begins to tell the tale of his own past... the criminal known as "Johnny Dangerously."
Deadly Prank - Young Danny Vermin , while selling newspapers on a street corner, produces a pair of large scissors from his paper bag to cut the leash from between a seeing-eye dog and a blind man, who is hit be a car off camera, then returns to work.
Deliberately Monochrome - the beginning of the flashback is B/W documentary footage with narration. When the movie's new action begins the film remains in B/W, then transitions into color to indicate the film will be remaining in the past for some time.
Dog Latin - "Post-Meridian, anti-Meridian, Uncle Meridian, and all the little Meridians."
Don't Tell Mama - parodied, since to everyone but Johnny's mother it's painfully clear that he's a mob boss.
Every Car Is a Pinto - averted. Tommy's car has its brakes cut and tumbles down a hill dramatically, but does not explode.
MacGuffin - "Whoever has my cigarette case bumped-off the Commissioner."
Malaproper - Roman Moronie. He'd have given the movie a hard R rating for language if the miserable corksoaker could pronounce a word of it correctly, that fargin icehole.
A Man Is Not a Virgin - played with. Johnny has to scare his little brother Tommy away from the free-wheelin' life of sex - complete with an Army VD film - so that Tommy will stay in law school. Meanwhile, Johnny is surrounded by beautiful dames and has no problem scoring on first dates:
Dundee (as fireworks go off in the distance): Hey! Sounds like Johnny's getting laid!
Metallicar Syndrome: Played with when Johnny and Lil are making their escape in a black... er, white... er, duckies-and-bunnies car that was previously covered in layers of shelf paper specifically so they could invoke the trope.
Mr. Exposition - The Pope, and the neighborhood, explain how Johnny's family doesn't know he's a gangster.
Spinning Paper - the activities of the police and D.A.'s office are indicated with front-page newspaper headlines.
The paper simply slides up to view when revealing the outcome of Moronie's trial.
Thematic Theme Tune - "Weird Al" Yankovic's "This is the Life" over the opening credits explains how it feels to be filthy rich. The song "Dangerously" sung by Lil' later in the movie could be this, but it is less about Johnny Dangerously than it is about Lil's lust for him.
Walk and Talk: Parodied and lampshaded when Johnny and Lil go on a walk... and talk. After a very long time, they stop, look around and realize they must have left the city hours ago and are now out in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere.