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Asylum Nurse: You know the rules. Do not touch the glass. Do not hand him any sharp instruments, power tools, sewing materials or condiments.
Asian Store-Owner: The convenience store at the beginning features three Indian clerks, only one of whom speaks English.
Awesome by Analysis: Parodied. Leacher asks Colt and Luger for their identification and they give it; shortly after, he tells Luger that he has a nine year old son and a sixteen year old daughter. Luger, naturally, is furious and demands to know who told him that:
Leacher: I saw that picture in your wallet.
Luger: Oh. (sits back down).
Bait and Switch: After Becker is shot, he asks Luger if he's going to die. Luger says, "It's not bad. You'll be fine. You'll be back on your feet in no time." Cue Becker being zipped up in a body bag and thrown in a truck.
Done twice given that he returns later, thinking he was now in the sequel.
Bigger on the Inside: Colt's tiny beach-side trailer home is a spacious mansion inside. This is even lampshaded later in the movie:
Destiny: You have an interesting place. It's much bigger than it looks from the outside.
Brick Joke: Early in the film, a woman is describing an assailant to a police sketch artist. The drawing is revealed to be Mr. Potato Head. A few scenes later, in the background, we see two cops arresting Mr. Potato Head.
By-the-Book Cop: Luger has a flashback to explain why he's so uptight about following police procedure: As a youth, he was a crossing guard, and took a break early. An old lady crossed the street and got hit by a vehicle as a result.
Colt: You were a crossing guard?! You guys were all geeks!
Catch Phrase: Luger parodies Murtaugh's catch phrase from the Lethal Weapon series by saying, "I'm gettin' too old for this bike-confiscating shit."
A non-parody example: General Mortars frequently says his victims are getting sloppy.
Chalk Outline: Parodied. When Jigsaw is knocking off the ledge in the climax of the film, he misses his own chalk outline and slides over to lay on top of it.
Also, earlier in the film, Luger is investigating his partner being killed. He turns around to walk into another room... only to hit an obscene amount of police tape that is blocking the entire door frame.
Clothing Switch: Colt and Destiny accidentally do this when they flee Colt's trailer.
The Coroner: Dr. Joyce Brothers is the coroner investigating York's killing. In an amusing twist, she's portrayed as surly and insensitive:
Coroner: All right. This loser has taken the chicken shit way out and punched her own ticket.
The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Parodied. In a blood-splattered crime scene complete with those bullet-hole dotted lines in the wall from random automatic weapon spray, and a victim with a horrified expression on her death face and her hands grasped like claws in defense, this exchange follows:
Luger: Suicide, huh? She must have caught herself by surprise.
Cover Version: Denis Leary's character sings a lounge version of "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks. It's cut short by the Big Bad storming into his mansion.
Donut Mess with a Cop: After a cop played by Phil Hartman tells some bad jokes, Luger disgustingly remarks, "Make sure he doesn't get any donuts."
The Chief has a "Wanted" poster in his office, with the picture being a bunch of donuts.
Enemy Mime: In a flashback, Luger hesitates to shoot a mime that's holding York hostage with his finger acting as a gun.
Famous Last Words: Becker: "La comedia e fini." And Destiny: "Get Mortars for me, Colt."
Five Stages of Grief: Played with. Luger's wife seems to be showcasing the "Denial" stage of grief when it comes to her deceased mother. However, she's actually unaware of it, because Luger forgot to tell her about the death. "Uh oh... did I forget to give you that message?" Luger's wife immediately cries.
Foot Popping: When Colt and Destiny kiss, both lift one of their legs. However, the longer it goes, both also raise the OTHER leg as well, thus defying gravity.
Footsie Under the Table: Luger has a REALLY dysfunctional family. While Luger's wife brings home the pizza boy, Luger's daughter does this to Colt... and so does his son... and so does his DOG...
Fridge Logic: In-universe example: After Jigsaw repeatedly shoots York and extracts information from her, he prepares to exit and notices a blind man sitting by the door. He says, "And you, remember: You saw... nothing." Yeah, but he still heard everything important!
Fun with Subtitles: During the climax, Colt sneaks into the villain warehouse and two German, Nazi-esque guards exchange small talk, complete with subtitles. However, after they leave the scene, the subtitles remain, and Colt trips on them like they're part of the scenery.
Towards the beginning, the subtitles state the obvious when showing York's house: "Night. A house."
During the scene parodying Basic Instinct, watch the spectators in the stands; they progressively lose more and more clothing until they're down to their boxers when the "gratuitous beaver shot" occurs.
At the marina, Colt completely fails to notice Popeye getting mugged behind him.
Gun Porn: At the beginning in the convenience store, Colt opens a magazine and is shown unraveling a centerfold, whispering "Oh baby..." It's revealed that he's looking not at a picture of a woman, but a long gun.
Later Destiny comes on to Colt using verbalGun Porn, explicitly comparing herself to a gun.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Colt, when asked a simple pleasant question such as "Hello hello, how are you? Nice weather we are having today?" by the convenience store clerks in the beginning:
Colt: "Nice weather"? You think we're having NICE weather?! I guess you didn't lose the only one that meant anything in your life. I guess you don't FEEL burned out by the human misery and despair, perpetrated by every criminal vermin that infests every pore of this decaying city, forcing you to guzzle cheap wine and cheaper whiskey to dull the pain that SHATTERS your heart and RIPS at your soul, and keeps your days forever gray. ...what flavor Icee you got today?
Hand Wave: There's a scene in the movie where Colt and Luger are driving in a car. Suddenly, Luger notices that two thugs are in their backseat. After trying to play it cool, Luger does a 180 in the car and when the camera cuts back to the interior of the car, the thugs are gone.
Hot Librarian: Parodied. When Destiny debuts in the movie, she's got an ugly hairstyle, glasses, a nerdy voice, and bad teeth. But when she decides to let her hair down, there's a jump cut and suddenly she's Kathy Ireland, looking far more attractive.
Hypocritical Humor: Demonstrated when Becker asked Destiny, "You need help shaving your legs?" Colt snapped: "Show a little respect!... (to Destiny) So how many men have you slept with?"
Info Dump: Played with. When Jigsaw questions York about the whereabouts of the microfilm, York says: "You're talking about the microfilm that holds the recipe for turning cocaine into innocent-looking cookies?... I don't know anything about it."
Is This Thing Still On?: Colt and Luger open up to each other about breast feeding, not realizing their police radio is on. People all around the world, including some astronauts in space, hear their conversation.
Jurisdiction Friction: Seen briefly in a scene. Colt and Luger search an apartment building for York's contact and run into Paul Gleason, who tells them to beat it, as it's an FBI case. However, when they explain they're there for the York case instead, he says, "Get your shit together, will ya? That's Becker, 403."
Last Kiss: Parodied. Destiny begs Colt for one last kiss before she dies. However, she's bleeding from the mouth. A reluctant Colt says, "It might not be a good idea... got a touch of the flu." However, he eventually gives in and kisses her, but not before wiping her mouth first.
Literal-Minded: While investigating an apartment building, Colt and Luger find a man in a hat running down the hall. Luger shouts, "HEY YOU!" The man stops, and Luger says, "Not so fast." The man begins a slow walk. Luger says, "That's better."
Earlier in the same scene, Luger interrogates the front desk clerk by holding up a picture of York. The clerk asks, "That her?", and Luger responds with, "No, that's her picture."
Lock and Load Montage: Colt prepares for a raid of the villain's warehouse by suiting himself up with tons of guns, Rambo style. However, he is carrying so many guns that he can't walk without falling over from their weight.
His preparations include a pearl necklace and loading his bandolier with three darts, one with each hand... wait, what?
Made of Explodium: The bikes that Colt and Luger confiscate for police business explode for no apparent reason. Made even funnier by the fact that Luger promises the kids he took the bikes from that they'd take good care of their bikes. Cue explosion.
Also happens even more improbably when Colt flicks a cigarete butt into the sea at the start of the film.
Meaningful Echo: When Colt and Luger are investigating the case, Colt says Luger's more interested in playing by the book than of cracking the case. Luger protests that he's not going to make up the rules as he goes. In the climax, Mortars has Colt at gunpoint and gloats that Luger won't shoot him, because he plays by the book. Luger remarks, "Sometimes, general, you make the rules up as you go." and shoots Mortars dead.
There's a scene where the protagonist hurts his leg on the subtitles and kicks them away.
Another scene has Whoopi Goldberg's character aware of the clock subtitle when she leaves her message on her cop friend's answering machine. She even updates the time she mentions when she notices the clock change by 1 minute.
Tim Curry as Mr Jigsaw. When Whoopi feigns ignorance of the microfiche he questions her about, he replies "Don't be coy with me, Ms York. This is too important...and it's also the plot."
The Chief: Don't be so fast to thank me on this Luger, because you gonna be naked on this one! It's on the line for you! People are gonna be watchin'! You blow it, you're goin' down! You screw up, you're gonna be hung out to dry! You drop the ball, you gonna be left twistin' in the wind! If you embarrass this department, your pants will be dancing with figs!Is that clear?!
Luger: [confused] Everything but the pants-fig thing.
Mexican Standoff: The climax features villain Mortars and Jigsaw pointing a gun at Colt, while Destiny points a gun at Mortars.
Additionally, Destiny is seemingly killed during the climax, only to show up in perfect health at the very end.
No One Should Survive That: Numerous instances already mentioned on the page, but one that hasn't is Colt jumping off a tall bridge in an attempt to land on the villain's passing car, but landing face-first on the pavement instead. He makes a nice clean indent in the pavement and, after a few seconds, gets up, mildly irritated but having no visible injuries. Of course, it is a spoof movie, so...
Non-Human Sidekick: Early in the film, Colt mourns the loss of his partner, named Claire. However, it's revealed that Claire is actually a dog.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Luger doesn't realize that Claire is a dog, so he's weirded out by all of Colt's descriptions of what he did with his partner:
Luger: You two were living together?
Colt: Hell. She used to sleep at my feet and lick my toes. Though, sometimes she'd forget about me and lick herself for hours.
Luger: (Beat) Huh. Personally, I don't think it's a good idea to get that involved with your partner.
Colt: Hey, pal: You try not getting involved with a partner, she saves your life one minute, then nuzzles your crotch the next.
Luger: Well York and I didn't have that kind of relationship, but when we did get together, she was always excited to see me.
Colt: When Claire was excited to see me, she'd pee on my leg.
Luger: What do you think happened to her?
Colt: Maybe she just took off. I hadn't been paying enough attention to her. I realized how neglected she felt the night she shit in my shoes.
One Last Job: Luger is days from retirement when he takes the York case.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Parodied with Jigsaw (Tim Curry) in the beginning. He's dressed up as a Wilderness Girl (basically a lawyer-friendly version of the Girl Scouts), but he has a thin beard, is tall, and doesn't make any attempt to disguise his male voice. Somehow, he still manages to gain entrance to York's house despite the horrible disguise.
Pixellation: When Paul Gleason as the FBI agent arrests a suspect in his case, he's led away with a giant dot covering his face.
It's not a special effect either, as the reverse shot shows the dot attached to his face by an elastic band (like a mask.)
Plot Hole: Ever wonder why Colt is suddenly carrying a teddy bear as he runs after Jigsaw halfway through the film? In the extended cut, he won the teddy bear in marksmanship while pursuing Jigsaw. One wonders why they couldn't leave that one bit in so that scene made more sense.
Because then it would make more sense. Its a spoof, after all.
Product Placement: Luger parodies a Head and Shoulders shampoo advertisement. It's a set-up for a later joke that seems to be parodying a Gold Bond foot powder ad, but as it turns out, Irv's foot is just on fire.
There are numerous name brands on display at the convenience store in the beginning, including Jonny Cat kitty litter.
Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Parodied and invoked. Jigsaw has a gun pointed to Colt's head, and Luger bursts in. Jigsaw orders Luger to throw down his gun or he'll shoot Colt. Luger says he doesn't have a weapon on him, because he doesn't believe in them. Jigsaw kicks a gun towards Luger and orders him to pick it up. As soon as he does, Jigsaw orders him to drop the gun.
Mortars: Where's the microfilm, Mike? McCracken: I don't know. I gave it to York; I thought she was one of your men. Mortars: Act in haste, repent in leisure. McCracken: But he who hesitates is lost. Mortars: Never judge a book by its cover. McCracken: What you see is what you get. Mortars: Loose lips sink ships! McCracken: Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. (Jigsaw consults the rule book and shakes his head) Mortars: Sorry, Mike, no good.
Destiny: This has gone far enough. First you use my affection, then you use me to sell drugs through the Wilderness Girls. What kind of a man are you?!
Mortars: ...A user.
Scar Survey: Destiny and Colt do an increasingly over-the-top one parodying the scene from the third Lethal Weapon.
Scout Out: As the Girls Scouts is copyrighted, the organization in the film is named Wilderness Girls instead.
Sequel Hook: Played with in the movie itself. After the climax, the police captain urges Luger to reconsider his retirement, and Luger agrees only if Colt is his partner. The captain thinks it can be arranged, and Colt and Luger say simultaneously: "Sequel."
Serious Business: At the start of the film, two men walk up to the convenience store clerks with nylons and one of them calmly asks, "Excuse me. Do you have any of these in taupe?" When the clerk says no, one of the guys says, "And you call THIS a convenience store?!" and both proceed to put said nylons, demanding cash or they'll shoot the clerks dead.
Shaking Her Hair Loose: Parodied. A plain, dowdy woman unties her hair and when she looks up she's played by a completely different actress.
She Is All Grown Up: Parodied. When Colt and Luger go to the Wilderness Girls headquarters to talk to Destiny, a woman is waiting for them but at first, we only see her from the back. The following exchange occurs:
Colt: Not Mary O'Brien, the buck-toothed, freckled-faced, pigtailed little girl I knew in the fifth grade?
Woman: (woman is shown from the front; she matches Colt's description except she's an adult) No I'm not. May I help you?
Sheet of Glass: Parodied. In the climax, Colt kicks a series of henchmen through glass that just happens to be carried by at the right time. However, during one instance, the glass carriers aren't quite ready yet, so they tell the henchman to stop being knocked back until they get into position. When they're ready, the henchman restarts his fall into the glass.
Slow Motion Fall: Parodied when Wes and Colt throw themselves out a window during a fight and fall from the second story. The police that were watching the fight make their way downstairs—and actually beat them there before the two hit the ground. This was even lampshaded.
Cop: Good thing they were falling in slow motion or we would've missed this.
Smoking Hot Sex: Colt and Destiny hop into bed together, and the camera pans left to a clock. A minute later, the camera pans back to Colt and Destiny naked in bed, smoking cigarettes. However, it's later revealed that they didn't actually have sex; they just smoked cigarettes in bed.
Speed Sex: When Destiny wants to have sex with Colt:
Staying Alive: Jigsaw is seemingly killed twice during the climax: first by being thrown off a ledge, and later by being shot and falling into a vat of gasoline. The same goes for Mortars, who is shot in the chest by Destiny and is later shot dead by Luger.
Stock Footage: Colt enters the sewers to make it on the other side of a fence to the villain's warehouse. Before finding the right exit manhole, he comes across a room which houses the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles playing Trivial Pursuit, which is footage from the 1990 film.
Stuff Blowing Up: Colt nonchalantly throws a lighted match on the floor of the villain warehouse at the end, causing the place to explode.
Also, in the middle of the movie, a bomb causes Colt and Luger's car to explode. They weren't in it, though.
Think Nothing of It: Parodied. Colt takes care of the thugs who tried to rob the convenience store in the beginning, but is nevertheless shouted at by the Indian clerks for causing massive damage to their store during the shootout. However, Colt is ignorant of their anger (partially because they're shouting in another language that he doesn't know), and replies, "Nah, don't thank me. I'm just a cop, doing his job."
Those Wacky Nazis: Near the end of the film two Wehrmacht/SS soldiers randomly show up as part of the Mooks guarding Mortars' base.
Toilet Humour: In a scene parodying the toilet bomb part of Lethal Weapon 2, Colt goes into Luger's house because he fears he might be in danger. Colt kicks open the bathroom door to find Luger on the toilet. He asks, "What's wrong?" Luger, confused, says, "...Nothing. Takin' a shit." A flush is heard soon after.
During the Basic Instinct parody, "Gratuitous beaver shot", where Destiny briefly turns into an actual beaver.
While interrogating Becker, Lüger tells him that he's got a box of matches which says he's lying. Those words are literally written on the back.
Waxing Lyrical: "Life is very short, and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend."
Wire Dilemma: Played straight at first when Colt has to disarm the dock bomb. However, it quickly becomes ridiculous when snipping the wires has various unintended effects, such as shutting down the nearby houseboat lights and causing a city-wide blackout.