"This is the '90s. You don't just go around punching people. You have to say something cool first."
— Joe Hallenbeck
The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 action film starring Bruce Willis as a former Secret Service agent, now working as a private detective, and Damon Wayans as a retired professional football player. The two join forces to solve the murder of Wayans' character’s girlfriend (played by the then-obscure Halle Berry). The entire film consists of often violent action scenes and an endless parade of one-liners.
Has the examples of:
Actually Pretty Funny: Hallenbeck distracts the man about to execute him by making him laugh at his "fat wife" jokes.
Bedroom Adultery Scene: Bruce Willis' character is introduced as the cuckolded husband in this scene... and as a cop, he correctly sniffs out that the other guy is hiding in the closet and nearly shoots him.
Bond One-Liner - The final scene of the movie has the Damon Wayans and Bruce Willis discussing future use of Bond One-Liners.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Darian. However, she comes from an extremely troubled home so it's understandable (mostly).
Bribe Backfire: Subverted: The Senator rejects the villain's offer of a bribe and threatens to go to the police... because the bribe isn't large enough. The villain ends up deciding it'd just be cheaper to kill him.
Drugs Are Bad: Manages to do this in a reasonably subtle way, contrasting Joe's zero tolerance with justifying Jimmy's addiction through his tragic backstory.
Jimmy: I use that shit to get by.
Hallenbeck: I don't use it. I get by.
Embarrassing Middle Name: After Jimmy tells him that "Danger is his middle name", Joe tells in turn that his middlename is Cornelius.
Hallenbeck: You tell anybody, I'll kill you.
Establishing Character Moment: Hallenbeck comes home after a very hard day...then looks at the just-used bedroom toilet with the seat up and immediately surmises his wife's been cheating on him. Then after accusing her of cheating, he aims his gun at the closet, counts to 3, and gets his wife to confess to cheating with his friend Mike Matthews (who was, naturally, in the closet). The sequence displays both his brilliant deductive reasoning and his unhinged mind.
Eureka Moment: Overlaps with Oh, Crap with Joe, as Jimmy hints that the supposed key he tossed into Marcone's fireplace is "the kind that Shred."
Fire-Forged Friends: Joe and Jimmy started out rather ruff but they quickly becomes friends as the movie goes.
Friend to All Children: Despite his drug problems and short temper, Jimmy is remarkably good with kids, if Darian is any indication because they quickly bond with each other after a little friction.
Freudian Excuse: A lot of Jimmy's issues can be traced to the fact that his pregnant wife was hit and killed by a drunk driver, killing both her and the baby, while Jimmy was away playing one of his best games.
Gorn: Brutal moments punctuated by humor. There is a scene where Bruce Willis punches a guy's nose through his brain (said guy is a young Kim Coates in a very early example of his career as a Chronically Killed Actor). Also the infamous helicopter scene.
Honor Before Reason: Hallenbeck, who for all his world-weary self-loathing cynicism has an unflinching titanium core of honor deep within. At one point Jimmy lampshades this by pointing out that he is currently risking his life and his liberty to save the life of a man who unjustly got him fired and to avenge the death of a man who was sleeping with his wife and most likely tried to get him killed.
Hallenbeck: This ain't no game, flash. Real guns, real bullets. It's dangerous.
Jimmy: Danger's my middle name.
My Fist Forgives You: Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) finds his wife having an affair with his best friend after he pulls his gun out. Outside, he gives the friend the offer "Head or gut?", and the friend chooses gut.
Nothing Personal: The Jamaican hitman who leads Joe Hallenbeck into a dark alley to finish him off.
Hitman: Wrong time wrong place, nothing personal.
Joe: That's what you think. I screwed your wife last night.
Unnecessary Roughness: I'm pretty sure that there's nothing in the playbook to describe the illegal play in which you get a star football player high on PCP and have him shoot three defenders to reach the endzone and score the winning touchdown.
Wham Line: A police officer walks up to the car where a couple of mooks have Hallenbeck knocked out in the back seat. The policeman asks the driver if there is anything wrong. Very politely, he says, "Why yes, officer, there are too many bullets in this gun." After lightening its load, the mook wraps the gun around Hallenbeck's hand, then carefully tosses it on top of the dead police officer, and drives off, saying to (the still unconscious) Hallenbeck, "Naughty, naughty, Joseph, you just killed a polceman."
Your Cheating Heart: Gives us the Establishing Character Moment for Joe (the cuckoldee), Sarah (the wife), and Mike (the other guy). Joe is willing to put a bullet in his closet on the mere suspicion that Sarah is cheating...and he's right.