''The Adventures of Ford Fairlane'' is a 1990 film and [[BilledAboveTheTitle star vehicle]] for [[TheEighties 80's]] [[StandUpComedy comedian]] Creator/AndrewDiceClay, who plays the eponymous Ford Fairlane. It's also notable for being an early work of Finnish director Creator/RennyHarlin and being [[VideoFullOfFilmClips featured in the music video]] for Music/BillyIdol's "Cradle of Love." It was not well received, tying for the UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward with ''Ghosts Can't Do It'' the year of its release; Creator/RogerEbert called it "loud, ugly and mean-spirited." Naturally, it didn't do well in the box office, although Clay has claimed this was the result of [[MoralGuardians protestors getting it pulled from theatres after only one week]].

Ford Fairlane is a [[PrivateDetective private investigator]] who specializes in the Hollywood music industry. His business, run by himself and his assistant, Jazz (Lauren Holly), is experiencing financial difficulties because [[ProBonoBarter most of his clients keep paying him with expensive gifts instead of money]]. Eventually, he's hired by two seemingly unrelated clients, shock-jock DJ Johnny Crunch (Gilbert Gottfried) and humorless socialite Colleen Sutton (Priscilla Presley), to find a young groupie named Zuzu Petals. Although he has reservations, [[MoneyDearBoy they offer him cash]]. His investigations lead him through a cast of colorful characters, including sleazy record producer Julian Grendel (Wayne Newton), a giggling mercenary known only as "Smiley" (Creator/RobertEnglund), the bumbling, nostalgic cop Lieutenant Amos (Ed O'Neill), and space cadet Zuzu Petals (Maddie Corman).

[[WordOfGod According to director Renny Harlin]] on his [[DVDCommentary DVD commentary]], the script was originally written as a very standard [[DetectiveDrama detective story]]. When Andrew Dice Clay was cast in the lead, changes were made to incorporate several of Clay's [[StockShticks stand-up routines]]. This decision was probably an effort to boost box office numbers, as much of the audience probably consisted of [[TargetAudience people who were established fans of Clay]]. On the other hand, although Andrew Dice Clay was originally noticed for his celebrity impressions, his real fame came from his [[VulgarHumor over-the-top vulgarity]], [[RefugeInAudacity audacious sexism]], politically incorrect humor, and the inevitable controversy it created. This led to a lot of [[HypeBacklash backlash]] against his work, especially from women's rights advocates. Among other things, he was [[PersonaNonGrata banned from MTV]], and his appearance on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', originally aired during a later time slot than usual, was boycotted by cast member Nora Dunn. By the time this movie was released, Andrew Dice Clay's comedy career was pretty much over. ''Ford Fairlane'' may or may not have been a last-ditch effort to revitalize his popularity, but it (and its failure) ultimately served as the final nail in the coffin.

!!Provides examples of:

* FiveFiveFive: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the opening scene when Fairlane gives his number to a young hottie he meets at a club. She protests, telling him that 555 isn't a real number, just one used in movies. He responds with "Yeah--no shit, honey, what do you think this is, [[BreakingTheFourthWall real life]]?"
* AccidentalPublicConfession: Type 3. During the climax of the movie, [[spoiler: Ford Fairlane lures antagonist Julian Grendel backstage, where the latter brags about the details of his evil scheme. Unbeknownst to him, Zuzu Petals is standing behind him with a microphone, and his flamboyant boasting is heard by the crowd.]]
--> [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "I even pissed in the punch bowl!"]]
* AsHimself: MTV VJ Kurt Loder makes a [[TheCameo very brief appearance.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Most of the cast.
* BarSlide: Fairlane does this to Sam the Sleazebag during the opening scene.
-->'''Fairlane:''' You're two seconds away from the most embarrassing moment of your life.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: There are a few instances of this, particularly in the beginning and the end.
** [[spoiler:"What, you didn't think we'd kill the fluckin' ''koala,'' did ya?"]]
* CatchPhrase: Used by Ford Fairlane. "[[PrecisionFStrike Un-FUCKIN'-Believable]]!"
* ChekhovsGag: "Hit paydirt with K-Dirt!"
* ChekhovsGun: The Sambuka Milkshake.
* CloudCuckoolander: Zuzu Petals, having moved well beyond [[TheDitz just ditzy.]]
* CoolCar: Ford Fairlane owns a very nice '57 Ford Fairlane.
* DiscoDan: Andrew Dice Clay's [[StockShtick stand-up comedy shtick]] is basically that of a [[TheFifties 1950's greaser]]. Fairlane, as a character, is only different in that he's given a ''slightly'' updated look.
** Lieutenant Amos is a much more literal example. Besides being an incompetent cop, the full extent of Amos's characterization is his obsession with the [[TheSeventies 70's]]. He used to be the lead singer for Disco Express; he breaks out into the chorus of their one hit single, "Booty Time," at every opportunity. He dresses professionally in most of his appearances (although he does have the [[PornStache mustache]]), and does eventually show up in his 70's leisure suit.
* DoubleEntendre: Several examples throughout the film, most of them from Ford Fairlane.
* DumbassDJ: Johnny Crunch, the "King of the Shock Jocks," played by professional loudmouth Gilbert Gottfried.
* FakeBand: The Black Plague, whose lead singer, Bobby Black, drops dead during the opening credits. The Black Plague plays one song during the movie, which is actually the song "Rock N Roll Junkie" by Mötley Crüe.
** Also Disco Express, Lieutenant Amos's former band.
** FF and The Captain, former band of Ford and Johnny when they moved to Hollywood.
** The Condom Factory front also features a long list of fake band names.
* FanService: The scene at the [[MeaningfulName I Eta Pi]] sorority house, oh so very much.
** Also the girl from the "Cradle of Love" music video, not featured in the movie but still worth noting.
* TheFunInFuneral: The funeral for posthumous character Bobby Black is a circus to begin with, starting with a sleazy guy scalping tickets and offering discounts to women who, um, service him first. It only goes downhill from there, when Smiley shows up to kidnap Zuzu Petals. Ford and Smiley have a merry car chase through the cemetery, knocking over Bobby Black's circular glass casket in the process, causing it to roll downhill with screaming fangirls in hot pursuit.
* GigglingVillain: Creator/RobertEnglund's leather-and-chains-clad mercenary shows up out of nowhere, says "'ello, 'ello!", and giggles like a lunatic while trying to kill Fairlane. Although he's never given a name, Fairlane starts [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname referring to him as "Smiley."]]
* GroinAttack: Zuzu Petals does this twice. First, with Ford: she gets down on her knees to beg for his help, and he assumes that she's doing something else. Insulted, she punches [[ICallHimMrHappy Stanley.]] Later, she socks Lieutenant Amos in the crotch, causing him to sing "Booty Time" soprano.
** There's also a fake-out GroinAttack during the beginning of the movie, when Ford, accompanied by Josie and the Pussycats (no, not [[JosieAndThePussycats them]]), almost performs a "Citizen's Castration" on Sam the Sleazebag.
* ICallHimMrHappy: Stanley. ''Like the power drill.''
* ILoveTheDead: A variation happens when Ford has to hijack a hearse for a [[TheFunInFuneral car chase in a cemetery]]. The corpse, a large-chested woman, slides into the passenger's seat, forcing Ford to struggle with her limp body as it leans and flops against him. He notices her cleavage and comments "Damn, baby--I hope you filled out some organ donor cards!" [[spoiler:Of course, he's [[{{Squick}} visibly freaked out]] when the girl wakes up.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Ford Fairlane is often called "Mr. Rock-n-Roll Detective" or something similar. He's not fond of it.
* KavorkaMan: While he's not exactly ugly, Ford Fairlane is crass, rude, and incredibly sexist. Yet, the hot young women are all over him.
* LargeHam: Andrew Dice Clay, throughout the entire movie. Gilbert Gottfried qualifies as well; if he didn't have such a small role, it might have led to outright HamToHamCombat.
* LivingMacGuffin: Zuzu Petals.
* ManOnFire: How [[spoiler:Ford disposes Julian]].
* MouthyKid: One of the subplots involves a kid who emulates Ford. Even Ford can't believe some of the things that come out of his mouth. He hires Ford to find his father, a plotline that ends as a ShaggyDogStory.
* NothingUpMySleeve: Ford keeps a nickeled S&W Model 38 up his sleeve in a spring-loaded gamblers' rig. With only a couple of exceptions, it frequently malfunctions.
* PlotCoupon: The three computer disks that contain the incriminating evidence.
* PoliceAreUseless: Lieutenant [[strike:Anus]] Amos is an absolutely clueless cop who shows up at crime scenes and acts as Ford's police competition. He doesn't even come close to solving the case, and Ford makes no effort to help him.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Ford Fairlane is [[UpToEleven blatantly and shamelessly sexist]]. Many of his lines are lifted verbatim from Andrew Dice Clay's own stand-up comedy act, which is one of the primary reasons his career tanked so badly by the end of the 80's.
* ProBonoBarter: The reason Ford takes the cases of Johnny Crunch and Colleen Sutton in the first place, despite knowing that both are deceiving him, is because all of his clients bring him expensive (but tacky) gifts instead of money. [[TechnologyMarchesOn This was before someone thought up the concept of eBay.]]
* RadioContest: Provides an unexpected happy ending.
* ShoutOut: "Zuzu's petals" are a key plot point in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: An in-universe example. Bobby Black gave his [[PlotCoupon compact disk]] to Zuzu Petals before his death. Zuzu, of course, listened to it. She later says it's good, describing it as being very "avant-garde," and proceeds to imitate the "music." She is unaware that the CD is actually a ''computer'' disk.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Ford is so cool, he makes this a reality within the first ten minutes of the movie.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One of the punk gunslingers. [[spoiler: Julian Grendel, Smiley, and the other punk gunslinger are all killed off, but when last we see this punk gunslinger, he is fighting Sam the Sleazebag. Although Jazz and Sam are next shown entering the building, showing they must have defeated him somehow. Although after Grendel is defeated Smiley returns for revenge, but the punk gunslinger never does.]]