Charlie [=McKenzie=] is a [[{{Beatnik}} beat poet]] living in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, after having broken up with yet another girl based on paranoid perception. His policeman friend Tony tries to point out the pattern; that Charlie simply is afraid of commitment and tries to think of, or invent, any reason to break up with someone. Things pick up again when Charlie meets a butcher named Harriet, and becomes infatuated instantly. As the plot continues, Tony realizes that Harriet may be the mysterious "Mrs. X", a BlackWidow who had married and killed multiple husbands. After marrying Harriet, HilarityEnsues when both Charlie and Tony try to discover if Charlie is in love with a serial man-killer.

Released in 1993, this BlackComedy starred Creator/MikeMyers as Charlie, Nancy Travis as Harriet, and Anthony [=LaPaglia=] as Tony. It was a box-office disappointment as it earned less than half of the movie budget while on the big screen.

Several well-known personalities made cameo shots, including Creator/StevenWright, Creator/AlanArkin, Creator/CharlesGrodin, Creator/MichaelRichards and Creator/PhilHartman.
!! '''''HEAD! TROPES! NOW!''''':
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Charlie's mother May Mckenzie had the hots for Tony. When he went to kiss her goodbye with a friendly peck to her lips she grabbed him for a second kiss which was long and passionate. Then she called him a sexy bastard. While dancing with him at Charlie's wedding the horny housewife held him tightly and tried to kiss him on the lips again. May grabbed his buttocks with both hands and left lipstick marks on the side of his face. At Charlie's parents' wedding anniversary Tony gained a second admirer. An overweight and elderly woman stroked his shoulder and asked him to dance.
* TheAlcatraz: Charlie and Tony do the guided tour of the prison. They always try to get the one lead by Ranger John 'Vicki' Johnson. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny For good reason.]]
* AxCrazy: Mrs. X.
* BenevolentBoss: Tony's superior at the police department, as a parody of DaChief (see below). In fact, the chief even starts acting like a hardass because Tony wishes that his chief acted more stereotypical... and to hammer this trope home, he proceeds to ask for critique on his performance afterwards.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Harriet's ShrinkingViolet sister Rose turns out to be an insane serial killer]].
* BlackWidow: Mike Myers parodies the trope -- his character believes he is dating the mysterious "Mrs. X." [[spoiler: She's not. Turns out ''her sister'' was an insane ClingyJealousGirl who murdered all of the poor girl's previous husbands (she thought they had all just up and left her).]]
* CallBack: In the last scene, Charlie revisits the poem he had written after he had broken up with Harriet, though it's reworded to be much more complimentary.
* CassandraTruth: All those tabloid articles. There really ''is'' a Mrs. X out there killing guys. Also, [[spoiler: Harriet]] at the end tells Tony exactly what's going on and how Tony needs to go save Charlie ([[FunnyBackgroundEvent while Charlie's screams for help and the sound of axe impacts can be heard in the background]]), but Tony doesn't believe it (though, to be fair, the evidence gathered so far does implicate [[spoiler: Harriet]]).
* ConspiracyTheorist: Charlie's dad:
-->'''Stuart Mackenzie''': [[Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews Well, it's a well known fact]], [[UsefulNotes/ScottishEnglish Sonny Jim]], that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world - known as [[AncientConspiracy The Pentavirate]] - who run everything in the world - including the newspapers - and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as "The Meadows".
-->'''[[{{Corpsing}} Tony Giardino]]''': So who's in this Pentavirate?
-->'''Stuart Mackenzie''': [[AristocratsAreEvil The Queen]], [[CorruptChurch The Vatican]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive The Gettys]], [[GreedyJew The Rothschilds]], ''and'' [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Colonel Sanders]] before he [[UnusualEuphemism went tits up]]. Oh, I hated the Colonel with 'is wee ''beady'' eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"
-->'''[[TalkingToHimself Charlie Mackenzie]]''': Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"?
-->'''[[SuddenlyShouting Stuart Mackenzie]]''': ''Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, '''[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish smartarse]]'''''!
-->'''[[TalkingToHimself Charlie Mackenzie]]''': Interesting. [[EyeTake Koo-koo!]]
* CooldownHug: ''"Somebody needs a hug!"''
* {{Corpsing}}: Tony attempts to maintain a semblance of concern for William's mental well being when Stuart berates William over the size of his head, but very quickly falls out and is nearly crying by the end.
* DaChief: {{Parodied}}-a police detective expresses dissatisfaction that his job is not more like the movies - partly because his boss, far from this trope (see above trope), is a pleasant, amiable and good-natured administrator with an easy-going temper.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Charlie's wedding party has his dad (also play by Mike Myers) singing "[[Music/RodStewart Do Ya Think I'm Sexy]]" accompanied by bagpipes. When the old player drops, dad announces "We have a piper down!"
* {{Fingore}}: Charlie hangs off the roof for dear life [[spoiler:while being pursued by Rose]]. Thinking that [[spoiler:she can't find him, Rose inadvertently crushes Charlie's fingers, alerting her to his presence]].
* FlashedBadgeHijack: {{Subverted}} when a cop stops a passing motorist, but can't get him to give up his vehicle. He has to settle for getting a ride from the driver to the crime-in-progress.
* FootPopping: Charlie, kissing his bride at the altar, dressed in a kilt.
* FriendsRentControl: Charlie appears to be a full-time beat poet (and doesn't apparently work very hard at it), and yet can afford a nice apartment in San Francisco. Probably also applies to Harriet and her sister, who have an ''enormous'' loft in the same city, while Harriet's just a butcher (no clue on what her sister is).
* GiftedlyBad: Charlie and his poetry.
* GroinAttack: {{Inverted|Trope}} when Charlie is struck in the crotch by Rose. He responds in kind and it's shown to have an effect.
* IronicEchoCut: When Rose first meets Charlie, she offers to make him a rather lush and varied breakfast and asks if he wants some. After Charlie agrees, the scene immediately cuts to Rose pouring a bowl of cereal and admitting that she can't make any of what she described.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: The hidden setup as we find out in TheReveal. It is questionable, however, on whether [[spoiler: Rose]], who is the culprit is actually [[LoveMakesYouCrazy insane]] the whole time.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: The entire premise of the film is triggered by a sensational story in the Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews, which turns out to be true.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: This is something of a recurring gag for the main character, and it even foreshadows things that are to come later in the movie.
* MistakenForMurderer: [[spoiler: The premise of the film.]]
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: After overhearing two obituary writers making flippant jokes about recently deceased people who've crossed their desk, Charlie realizes that one of them may be a victim of Mrs. X and tries to find out whether the deceased had a wife. One of the writers thinks that Charlie's rebuking him for his insensitivity. An argument ensues.
-->'''Charlie:''' Did they mention anything about his wife?\\
'''Obituary Writer #1:''' ''[Chastened]'' Alright, okay, look, I know that we're talkin' about real people here, so I'm sorry.\\
'''Charlie:''' No no, I'm serious -- did they mention the wife?\\
'''Obituary Writer #1:''' Look, I'm sorry, you know, I-I-I didn't mean to make a joke about other people's lives.\\
'''Charlie:''' No no, I'm really serious, did they mention the wife? I just want to know about the wife.\\
'''Obituary Writer #1:''' ''[Increasingly agitated]'' You win! You win. I'm a bad person!\\
'''Obituary Writer #2:''' Hey c'mon, take it easy, will ya?\\
'''Obituary Writer #1:''' Well, he's sayin' I'm insensitive! He's sayin' I'm a shit!\\
'''Obituary Writer #2:''' He's not sayin' you're a shit!\\
'''Charlie:''' ''[Trying to get a word in edgewise]'' Did they mention his wife? ''Did they mention his wife?!''\\
'''Obituary Writer #1:''' ''[Losing it completely]'' NO! THEY DIDN'T MENTION THE WIFE! YOU HAPPY?!?! ''[Begins to storm off; everyone's staring at him]'' OH-HO, YES! I'M INSENSITIVE! I'M A BAD PERSON! STOP YOUR JOBS! LOOK AT THE INSENSITIVE MAN! THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE PAYING YOU FOR!
* PrecisionFStrike: When Rose's axe thuds into the dresser right in front of Charlie and he shouts "What the Fuck?!"
* TheReveal: Harriet doesn't turn out to be "Mrs. X", it's [[spoiler:her sister Rose]].
* TalkingInYourSleep: Charlie is awakened by Harriet shouting "RALPH!" in her sleep.
* ViolentGlaswegian: According to Charlie, the Scots have their own form of martial arts called "Fuck-You" which is comprised of "...mostly headbutts, and then kicking the other person when they're on the ground."
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Charlie Mackenzie must have a job, right? Some kind of job...other than...occasional poet. Some dialogue early in the film implies that he may own the coffee shop/nightclub/poetry house he hangs out at. (If so, he still seems to be a very hands-off owner.)
* {{Yandere}}: Harriet, who becomes a bit unhinged after winning over Charlie.
** In a subversion, this is because [[spoiler:''all'' of her previous husbands abandoned her and she's developed a complex -- or so she thinks. Turns out Harriet's ''sister'' was an insane {{Yandere}} for ''Harriet''. She murdered Harriet's husbands and faked their deaths to keep Harriet to herself and nearly does the same to Charlie near the end]].