Film: Suburban Commando
Christ... I was FROZEN today!A 1991 sci-fi comedy vehicle for professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. In it, Hogan plays Shep Ramsey (not to be confused with Chef Ramsay), an interstellar peacekeeper who loves justice but hates sitting around. After attempting to thwart another evil plot, failing, and allowing the man he was supposed to be saving to die, Shep is contacted by his superior while riding in his ship. When his superior suggests he take a vacation, an annoyed Ramsey smashes his ship controls, discharging all of his ship's energy, forcing him to land on a planet and recharge his ship for six weeks. The planet? Earth. Hilarity ensues as he becomes neighbors with overall wimp Charlie Wilcox (Christopher Lloyd) and tries to understand Earthly customs...and contend with the forces of arch enemy General Suitor after Charlie fooled around with Ramsey's equipment, which had sent a signal to Suitor of Ramsey's location.
This Film Provides Examples Of:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:Deak: Do you have any idea what we are gonna do to you, if we find one itty, bitty scratch on 'em?Shep: Lemme guess. You're gonna pound my face. Break every bone in my body. Then you're gonna drag me across a gravel road and feed my remains to a warthog. Is that about right?
- Bounty Hunters
- Brick Joke: After falling off a kid's skateboard, Shep angrily throws it so far that it vanishes into the horizon. Several scenes later, the two bounty hunters see the skateboard flying past their ship as they approach Earth's atmosphere.
- Burger Fool: The space thugs stop at a fast food place called "Surfin' Burger", and even the drive-thu voice talks like a Surfer Dude.
- Butt Monkey: Charlie Wilcox.
- The Cameo: A young Mark Calaway (The Undertaker), then new to WWE, makes a cameo as a minion of Suitor.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Shep, and how.
- Epic Fail: The first time Ramsey gets on a skateboard.
- Extreme Doormat: Charlie Wilcox, but he gets better.
- Harmless Freezing
- Human Aliens: There don't seem to be any other kinds. At least not 'til the final battle.
- I Take Offense to That Last One:President: I will not ask my people to give up everything they know, to serve a sadistic, egotistical, homicidal maniac!General Suitor: I don't think I'm egotistical! Proud, maybe...
- Insignificant Little Blue PlanetShep: Earth? I hate Earth.
- Intimidation Demonstration: The two bounty hunters show off their strength by bending a piece of rebar and straightening it back out. Not to be outdone, Shep bends it into the shape a bunny rabbit, then tosses it aside and knocks one of the villains through the floor.
- Lampshade Hanging: During the battle between two muscle-bound mooks of Suitor, Shep asks...Shep: What is this... a TAG-TEAM?!
- Literal-Minded:Secretary: Leave a message or take a seat. (Shep smashes a scale on her desk. Secretary stands up.) I said TAKE A SEAT![Shep returns with a seat]Secretary: Funny! That's real funny!
- One-Winged Angel: General Suitor, but you don't see just how extreme it is until the climax. But you catch a glimpse of it at the beginning.
- Pac-Man Fever: Ramsey playing what is supposedly a space shooter at an arcade but is quite visibly After Burner (which has nothing to do with space and aliens, at all). (This also leads to an in-universe example of idiocy: Ramsey somehow thinks that an arcade console in the middle of a bunch of other arcade consoles being played by kids is somehow real. An interstellar supersoldier has never heard of a simulator?)
- This could turn into Fridge Brilliance if Shep thinks that the kid is piloting a remote-controlled drone and the screen shows a computer-processed version of the drone's view.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Charlie Brewster has one that's the Glad I Thought of It-variety, with a generous helping of Professional Butt-Kisser to his Japanese clients, played by the trope's reigning master, Larry Miller.
- Running Gag: There are two...
- A girl with a cat up a tree;
- ... and Shep's encounters with a mime.
- Shout-Out: To quite a few sci-fi classics, such as when Ramsey asks if his next mission will be a "bug hunt with creatures that bleed acid."
- Smarter Than You Look: As shown in the Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking quote example above, Shep initially thought the three burly and thuggish looking neighbors who confronts him were going to undergo the "thug" cliche reaction of beating him up for moving their race car, however, instead Reality Ensues as they stated they're planning to, if benign and more reasonable in comparison to what Shep thought they were going to do, sue him for the offense rather then resort to violence in contrast to their appearances.
- These Tropes Were Frozen Today: The Index Namer.
- Those Two Guys: Two of the thugs that follow Ramsey to Earth.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shep Ramsey, He nearly kills two teens for almost running over Charlie's son, unintentionally beats the crap out of a Mime under the belief that the Mime needs his help, and his general helping Charlie's family around the house.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: See Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking and Smarter Than You Look above.