Let's Go to Prison
is a 2006 comedy film starring Dax Shepard and Will Arnett. The movie was loosely based on the non-fiction book, You Are Going to Prison
by Jim Hogshire.
Since John Lyshitski (Shepard) was eight, he's been in and out of prison, all because of one man—Judge Nelson Biederman III. (Well, okay, it's mostly his own fault, but Biederman's sentences are indiscriminately harsh.) Lyshitski plots his revenge while completing his third sentence, only to find out that Beiderman died three days prior to Lythitski's release. So, to get revenge on Biederman III, Lyshitski decides to get the obnoxious rich-kid Nelson Biederman IV framed for theft. It works, mostly due to Biederman's lawyers intentionally sabotaging the case, and Lyshitski gets himself locked up in the same prison to insure that Biederman has the worst time possible.
This film contains examples of:
- Affably Evil: The entire time the Neo-Nazis are portrayed as polite, stick together, listen to orders without question, and as said by the abused henchmen "He was giving neonazis a bad name!"
- Break the Cutie: Lampshaded by Nelson
- Chewbacca Defense: What Biederman IV's lawyers use to insure he's locked up; they claim that Biederman's crime was just a special effect, comparing the security-camera footage of the robbery to Jeff Goldblum getting eating by a dinosaur in Jurassic Park.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Biederman when he loses his case and gets hauled off to prison.
- Dirty Cop: The prison seems to be full of them. Even the warden wanted to put money on Lyshitski and Biederman's big fight.
- Driven to Suicide: Nelson at one point decides to end it with a lethal injection he obtained at one point. He's interrupted by Leonard, who mistakes the needle for Heroin and kills himself with it.
- Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Barry asks Nelson if his butt is big when the latter says no Barry threatens him with a knife, telling Nelson to never lie to him again.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even the "White Kingdom" neonazi gang thinks that their former leader Leonard is a guy who "gives neonazis a bad name."
- Faking the Dead: Biederman and Lyshitski do this to get out of prison in the end.
- Foreshadowing: As Lyshitski and Biederman enter the prison, Lyshitski comments that there's only one way to get out quickly: in a body bag. Eventually, that becomes the crux of their escape plan.
- Get Into Jail Free
- Hanging Judge: Nelson Biederman III is ridiculously harsh.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: GOB is Biederman IV.
- Jerkass: Both Lyshitski and Biederman are assholes.
- Loophole Abuse: Nelson is automatically made chairman of his father's foundation after his father's death, per the foundation's rules to transfer control to Biederman's son, but is then automatically removed from the chairmanship when he's convicted of a felony. He gets around this by legally adopting Barry as his son, making him chairman.
- Manly Gay: Barry.
- Nice Guy: Barry after he and Biederman become "close friends."
- Phrase Catcher: Biederman's 'tough face', which prompts everyone who sees it to comment that he looks like he "has to take a shit."
- Prison Rape: Subversion. Scary Black Man Barry actually woos Nelson with toilet-made Merlot and a romantic environment in his cell. They eventually become life partners.
- Scary Black Man: Barry at first.
- Sinister Shiv: An inmate gets stabbed right in the cafeteria right at Biederman's table on his first day. Later in the movie Biederman and Lyshitski are trying to shiv each other in a prison fight orchestrated by the guards for entertainment.
- Sins of Our Fathers: With the judge that repeatedly sentenced him dead, Lyshitski decides to get revenge on his son instead.
- Straight Gay: Barry and Nelson's sexualities are never put as the focus of their characters, and the most flamboyant thing about either of them is their affinity for toilet wine.
- It's even implied that they're not really gay so much as they love each other so much that their genders and sexuality are irrelevant.
- Those Wacky Neo Nazis: The White Kingdom.
- Unishment: Well, Lyshitski did want to go to prison the fourth time. Also Biederman going to the hole... Until it drove him crazy at least.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Both Lyshitski and Biederman.