A 2010 Adam [=McKay=] action comedy that satirizes the {{Buddy Cop|s}} picture.

''The Other Guys'' focuses on two New York City police detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/MarkWahlberg) that have been office pencil pushers for years, while the station's two top cops Highsmith and Danson (Creator/SamuelLJackson and [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]]) garner praise from not only the NYPD, but from the entire city for their cowboy, take-no-prisoners antics.

After an unforeseen event forces the department to bring two new cops to the forefront to deal with a corporate embezzlement scheme, our two mismatched desk jockeys finally get the chance to prove their mettle and show that they can save the day... all without getting each other killed or driving each other crazy.

Compare ''Film/HotFuzz'' and ''Film/MysteryMen''.
!!This film features examples of:

* AdamWesting: Creator/SamuelLJackson and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson taking their typecast roles. Somewhat the case as well with Mark Wahlberg, who has started to parody the perception that he's a HotBlooded jerk.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Gamble's ex-wife's husband. Why is he telling Hoitz about shaving his chest?
* AMFMCharacterization: While on their way to a crime scene near the beginning of the film, the more impulsive and outspoken Terry who is more interested in cop action outside the office, plays some heavy music to get them pumped, but his partner, Allen, who is nerdier and calmer, and happy to stick to less exciting work, switches to something lighter.
* AnalogyBackfire: Taken UpToEleven:
-->'''Terry''': If we were in the wild, I would attack you. Even if you weren't in my food chain, I would go out of my way to attack you. If I were a lion and you were a tuna, I would swim out in the middle of the ocean and freakin' ''eat you''! And then I'd bang your tuna girlfriend.\\
'''Allen''': Okay, first off: a lion? Swimming in the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you'd placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that'd make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, twenty foot waves, I'm assuming it's off the coast of South Africa, coming up against a full-grown, 800 pound tuna with his twenty or thirty friends? You lose that battle. You lose that battle nine times out of ten.
** Then Allen goes on to explain in length how he and his school of tuna, having acquired a taste for lion, would proceed to establish a beachhead and construct some breathing apparatus to hunt Terry's pride on land.
-->'''Allen''': You just lost at your own game, you're outgunned and outmanned. ''(beat)'' [[LampshadeHanging Did that go the way you thought it was gonna go? Nope]].
* AnAesop: Just because corporations can get away with rampant greed legally doesn't make it okay. Also, being a real cop doesn't mean you get to act like a rogue CowboyCop.
%%* AntiHero
* AffablyEvil: Given that he's a CorruptCorporateExecutive, a perv, and [[EvilBrit British]], Ershon would seem to be prime BigBad material, but the film ultimately involves the heroes saving him from worse people, and he's so disarming and charming that he's hard not to like.
* TheAllegedCar: The Prius is slowly transformed into this during the course of the movie, from hobo orgies to ''gunfire''. Highsmith seemed to have a history of getting his cars wrecked.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: In the unrated version, [[spoiler:Derek Jeter reappears and hands Gamble and Hoitz their next case.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: It's repeatedly stated in this movie that peacocks can't fly. This is not true. (As the end proves. If necessary, blame it on UnreliableNarrator.)
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety:
** Subverted once. Two of the other cops convince Gamble to do a "desk pop", firing your gun in your desk. A dumb thing to do under most circumstances, even more so in a crowded police station. He gets in trouble for it.
** Also, when Captain Mauch takes Gamble's gun away from him and replaces it with a wooden one, Gamble removes the magazine but never clears the chamber. Mauch holds Gamble's sidearm with his finger on the trigger, which could easily lead to another desk pop. It's likely intentional, as he's later seen asleep with his own service revolver against his own head.
** The [[BingeMontage freeze frame bar scene]] indulges in this as well with Gamble and Hoitz discharging Hoitz's service weapon while drunk, crossing into RecklessGunUsage.
* AsHimself: Derek Jeter!
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Gamble and Hoitz accepting Ershon's tickets is really closer to this trope.
%%* AuthorTract: The end credits.
* BadassBystander: [[spoiler:The villains' helicopter is taken down with the help of some driving range patrons.]]
* BadassDriver: He learned it from VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto.
--> '''Hoitz''': Did you yell "America" when you hit the accelerator?\\
'''Gamble''': [[BlatantLies Nope, no. No.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: "Ladies and gentlemen, guess who gave me the secret to making my first million... That guy there!"
* BerserkButton: Gamble's ex-girlfriend, Christineth, completely flies off the handle when Hoitz mispronounces her name as "Christina".
* BingeMontage: An unusual version -- rather than a TimeCompressionMontage, there's a fake [[TheOner continuous shot]] in which the camera weaves through the slow-mo antics going on over the course of the evening (including a worrying number of incidences of JugglingLoadedGuns).
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Creator/SamuelLJackson and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson's supercop characters have this happen to them early in the flick, when one of their death defying moments of glory goes horribly wrong. They leap off a building with no [[BenevolentArchitecture conveniently placed item to break their fall]].
* BlackHelicopter: A very nice [=AS355=] Twin Squirrel. Hoitz complains that because the gunmen have it, they're "cheating." The villains also use two unmarked (albeit white) vans.
* BlatantLies: Ershon is adamant that offering ten million dollars to cops for not doing their job is definitely not a bribe. Gamble [[spoiler:insists that he wasn't a pimp]].
* BloodlessCarnage: To be expected in any comedy movie, but when [[spoiler:Danson and Highsmith fall jump thinking they will survive 20 stories and the only thing to crack is the pavement, you know a line has been crossed.]]
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Hoitz, half of the time. "I'm a peacock; you gotta let me fly!"
* BookEnds: The narration by Music/IceT includes a TitleDrop at the beginning and end.
* BornLucky: Danson and Highsmith. Ultimately subverted when they jump off a building, expecting to miraculously survive somehow. They don't.
* BrickJoke: In the beginning of the film Will Ferrell's character is convinced to do a "desk pop". When he fires his gun in Mark Wahlberg's apartment, he offhandedly says "Apartment pop". The BingeMontage even has a couple of "bar pops".
** The [[spoiler:flying peacock]] at the end of the movie.
** After Ershon learns that Gamble calls himself "Gator," he is shown in prison wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of the University of Florida Gators.
** After Gamble's car is found one of the things discovered in the personal effects is a note from 'Dirty Mike & the Boys' informing him that they had an orgy in his car & thanking him for the space to do it in. Later on in the film, [[spoiler: After Gamble gets kicked out by his wife,]] he & Hoitz meet them in person and prevent a repeat session.
* BrutalHonesty: Mrs. Gamble is a little too forward about her sex life, even to her parents.
%%* BulletTime
* ByTheBookCop: Detective Gamble
* TheCameo: Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, Tracy Morgan and pro wrestler Billy Gunn were also at the Knicks game.
* CarFu: "It turned backwards, then it went upside down!"
* CassandraTruth: After a couple of botch-ups, the rest of the police stop believing Gamble and Hoitz.
* CasualDangerDialog: "Your hair is ''really'' soft!"
* ChaseScene: It's a BuddyCopShow movie. There are a few.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:Faceback]]. May overlap with BrickJoke.
** [[spoiler: The jewelry store robbery.]]
** [[spoiler: The vote on the police pension fund]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[BobFromAccounting Bob.]] Just Bob. First he gets yelled at by Terry just for asking him to come to a conference; then we see him at [[spoiler:the board meeting, about to invest the police pension fund]]; then finally when Wesley is apprehended, [[spoiler:he's one of the cops with their guns on him.]]
* ChewToy: In a way. Hoitz certainly thinks he's this, and life does dump on him a lot, but it's evident much of his misfortune is his own fault, and him being such a terrible person isn't helping things. Character development, however, does help by the end of the movie.
* ChickMagnet: Gamble doesn't seem to notice that he's irresistible to hot women, something which utterly perplexes Hoitz.
* ClickHello: Done to a harmless clerk during the climax.
* CloudCuckooLander: '''Both''' Allen and Terry. It's probably easier to list the characters who aren't.
%%* ComicallyMissingThePoint
* CommanderContrarian: Partially subverted. Captain Mauch secretly knows the truth about the plot, but tries to stop Hoitz and Gamble precisely because he knows how dangerous it is. Further subverted in while Gamble and Hoitz give him no small measure of grief and force him to chastise them over and over, he's completely pleasant with them outside the office.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Only Hoitz [[GunsAkimbo uses two guns one time]], and not like that. Plus, not a single Desert Eagle appears in the film.
* CowboyCop: Detectives Danson and Highsmith are the standard badass version while Detective Hoitz tries to be this and drags [[ByTheBookCop Gamble]] along for the ride. It's deconstructed with Danson and Highsmith, as they both [[spoiler: [[TooDumbToLive leap to their deaths]] in pursuit of the jewel thieves ]], [[DisproportionateRetribution cause millions of dollars of property damage over a very small amount of marijuana]] and Mauch even notes that they weren't even good cops.
* CreativeClosingCredits: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yBfWz2bSOQ The end credits]] detail how [[spoiler: Ponzi Schemes work, how the 2008 TARP bailout mostly went to corporations instead of people and how the wealth inequality betwwen the rich and the poor rose over the years.]] It's rendered HilariousInHindsight when director Adam [=McKay=] went on to direct ''Film/TheBigShort'', a movie about [[spoiler:what lead to the 2008 financial crisis]].
* CreatorCameo: Director Adam [=McKay=] played Dirty Mike.
%%* CringeComedy
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Roger Wesley threatens to slice David Ershon's ear off with a butterknife. Ershon even lampshades it by saying, "Oh, that's blunt. Blunt's worse than if it's sharp."
* DaChief: Captain Mauch, who is probably the most mellow example imaginable.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: When Gamble & Hoitz first go to Ershon's office, he's watching {{Hentai}} on his laptop, and has trouble turning it off.
* DawsonCasting: Parodied. In a flashback to his college days, younger Gamble looks exactly like his older self. No attempts to hide his grey hair or wrinkles were made. [[invoked]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam Jackson, as expected.
--> "Did someone call Nine-One-Holy-Shit?"
* DeconstructiveParody: Definitely leans in this direction. In particular, Danson and Highsmith are presented as JerkSue characters for satirical effect, and they are one of many elements that lead to ConversationalTroping of cop movie tropes not fitting real life. Not to mention the message at the end to the effect of "Corrupt Corporate Executives as the real criminals".
* DeathAsComedy: [[spoiler: Danson and Highsmith's "jump" is played as nothing short of utterly hilarious.]]
* {{Determinator}}:
** Gamble's ex-girlfriend and her husband. "COME BACK HERE AND HAVE SEX WITH MY WIFE!" "He chased us twenty miles?!"
** Danson and Highsmith [[spoiler: jump off a building chasing a bunch of thieves]].
* DeskJockey: Gamble and Hoitz, for different reasons. Gamble is a forensic accountant, while Hoitz is stuck on desk duty after shooting Derek Jeter.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Danson and Highsmith cause insane amounts of property damage in the opening scene pursuing suspects over a very small amount of marijuana, something a reporter notes is only a misdemeanour offence.
%%** The Chechens.
* DomesticAbuse: Downplayed. Allen Gamble isn't ''nasty'' per se(except for the instance when his split persona Gator takes over) just rather dismissive towards his wife who he's utterly convinced is plain. It's later revealed [[spoiler: he was deluding himself into believing this because he was afraid she'd leave him on account of thinking she's too good for him as he does.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: "'Cause it's the FBI, right? It has the same logo, the same shield. And at first glance you're like 'Oh, it's just a mug that says FBI', but... but then at second glance you're like 'F-Female Body Inspector? Get outta town! This is outrage-'"
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Danson and Highsmith, who plow a car into a double-decker tour bus.
-->'''Highsmith''': ''(nonchalantly)'' I'm sorry, I was texting.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Danson and Highsmith are killed off not too long into the movie.
* DrugsAreBad: Subverted. [[spoiler: Hoitz keeps thinking that all the crimes/criminals are drug related when in fact they are white collar financial crimes.]] Also [[spoiler: Danson and Highsmith cause millions of dollars worth of damage chasing after some guys who only have a small amount of marijuana on them.]]
** However it's justified as they were heavily armed and shooting at them.
* EdutainmentShow: The [[http://insidemovies.moviefone.com/2010/08/09/other-guys-end-credits-sequence-video/ end credits]] has a rather informative animated slideshow about Big Company corruption.
** With 'Pimps Don't Cry' playing in the background... [[FridgeBrilliance maybe Allen created it?]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: Gamble and Hoitz are called "Paper Bitch" and "Yankee Clipper", respectively.
* EpicFail: With Danson and Highsmith: [[spoiler:[[LeapOfFaith "Aim for the bushes"]]]]
* EveryCarIsAPinto: A helicopter. Also, the Escalade in the beginning.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Played for laughs.
-->"Mr. Ershon, Detective Gamble and the officer who shot Derek Jeter here."
** [[TheDarkChick The Brazilian Woman]] is only credited as The Brazilian Woman.
* {{Eyedscreen}}: kicking off the movie's climax from the boardroom (see GunsAkimbo above) onwards.
* GangOfHats: Inverted. Terry and Allen go up against people in business suits so many times ''because'' the bad guys are business people.
* GoodCopBadCop: Invoked, but subverted when Allen thinks that they're doing "''Bad'' Cop/Bad Cop."
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Chechen version of "Dora the Explorer."
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Completely subverted]]. We get to watch Wrestling/DwayneJohnson and Creator/SamuelLJackson fall to their deaths, without any scene cut whatsoever, including when they hit the ground. However, it isn't actually all that gory either.]]
* GunsAkimbo: ''While inside of a car being launched out of a double-decker bus into a building''. And done later on by Hoitz during a boardroom shoot-out, sliding down a table on his back. Unusually for a movie, Hoitz actually shows the correct method of firing akimbo (yes, it can be done accurately), by aiming each gun independently before firing, instead of just pointing in the general direction of the target and firing both guns simultaneously.
* TheHeavy: Roger Wesley is for all intents and purposes the main villain. Nominally [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Pamela Boardman]] (who hired Wesley to keep an eye on Ershon and ordered Ershon to get back 'her' money) is the BigBad but she seems entirely detached from any actual direct machinations.
* HellishCopter: A helicopter gets taken out by a volley of ''[[LethalJokeCharacter golf balls]].''
* HeroInsurance: Danson and Highsmith cause enormous amounts of property damage to catch low-level drug offenders in the opening scene of the film.
* HiddenDepths: Hoitz says he did a lot of mocking kids who danced in his childhood, accidentally becoming a skilled ballet dancer in the process. In reality, he just says this to try to maintain his tough guy persona because he is a good ballet dancer, plays the harp, and is well-versed in modern art. He is also much more empathic than he would like to show. Note during the ballet scene he's inexplicably ''wearing jazz shoes.''
-->'''Gamble:''' Hey, I didn't know you can dance!\\
'''Hoitz:''' We used to do those dance moves to make fun of guys when we were kids to show them how queer they were, okay?\\
'''Gamble:''' You learned to dance like that ''sarcastically''?\\
'''Hoitz:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Yeah, I guess]]...
** Straight-laced Gamble acts that way because of a DarkAndTroubledPast as a (literal) pimp in college. Now he's also a software expert.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Textbook example with Allen's car near the end. Also can be filed under CarFu (never heard of Car Ninjas?).
* {{Homage}}: David Ershon bandies the buzzword "excess" in his speech, just as [[Film/WallStreet Gordon Gekko did with "greed".]]
%%* HotPursuit
* HumiliationConga: The list of all the disgusting things that happened to Gamble's car.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: The film has a really quite hilarious scene where the two protagonists debate over a fight between a tuna and a lion.
* IKnowMortalKombat: "Where did you learn to drive like that?" "VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto!"
** Turns into a StrangeMindsThinkAlike moment after he performs a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIT_maneuver PIT manoeuvre]] -- this move is actually required to complete the driving school in ''San Andreas''.
** When they are chased by bad guys, Allen says that there is a shortcut at the Chelsea Pier. Eventually, [[spoiler: they end up on the fenced-off driving range]]. In GTA IV there is really a shortcut in this place.
** Hoitz having the mad skills to curbstomp a band of motorcycle hitmen singlehandedly may well have stemmed from the physical coordination derived from ''dance lessons''.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Some protagonists and antagonists seem to be star graduates. The boardroom scene is a highlight.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Hoitz can shoot down an overhead banner to take down motorcyclists pursuing him. [[spoiler:Wesley can pull off three nonfatal shots in rapid succession (at close range no doubt, but making them ''nonfatal'' at that rate is harder than you'd think).]]
** Well, the latter is not so improbable for a [[spoiler: ex-special forces professional bodyguard]].
* InsistentTerminology: Allen sure takes a long time to admit that he was a pimp in college. Ershon has a similar hangup with the word 'bribe'.
* ItAmusedMe: "You mate, I'm gonna kill just for fun." - Wesley, to the bystander bank clerk who asks him whether or not he want the transfer approved.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: CHRISTINATH!
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Allen says this about Sheila's cooking (see DomesticAbuse above).
** "Is that deer vagina I smell?"
** "These braised ribs taste like a dog's asshole."
* JerkAss: Detective Hoitz.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Both Hoitz and Gamble are cops who are interested in upholding the law, but they're both kind of assholes. Hoitz has a short temper and is prone to snapping at people, while Gamble is emotionally abusive to his wife.
%%* JugglingLoadedGuns
* KarmaHoudini:
** Danson and Highsmith got away with pretty much all their destructive hijinks.
** [[spoiler:Pamela Boardman ends up getting a federal bailout since Lendl Global is too big to fail]].
* KavorkaMan: Detective Gamble is, not exactly ugly, but not conventionally attractive and is a gigantic ManChild, yet his wife and ex-girlfriend are insanely attractive and successful women.
* LittleUselessGun: Literally. Gamble's real gun is replaced by a wooden prop and then [[spoiler: that's taken away and replaced with a rape whistle.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Arguably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5JC9dTKskg those songs Allen sings in the bar]]. Hoitz lampshades by saying they're depressing.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Hoitz expresses the belief that "I'm a peacock! You gotta let me fly!" Numerous characters point out that that doesn't make any sense, notably because peacocks can't fly [[spoiler: but one does at the end for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolism]] and RuleOfFunny]].
* {{Mondegreen}}: Non-lyrical version: some people have misheard Gamble saying "I've always got Little River Band loaded" as "I've always got a little rubber band loaded", especially as he was showing how he could still cause pain with a wooden gun. "Six discs" after that sounds more like ammo than [=CDs=].
** For a more direct version, look no further than "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas.
** "...while their very particles were burned." [[note]]The final line in Allen and co's "rich history" song. It's actually "while their Harry Potter books were burned."[[/note]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Terry once accidentally shot Derek Jeter. This gets brought up so much that his nickname around the precinct is "Yankee Clipper". [[invoked]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers always show Mark Wahlberg's character playing the StraightMan to Will Ferrell's antics. The truth is Detective Hoitz is just as crazy as Gamble, if not crazier.
** Actually, it becomes apparent that [[spoiler: Hoitz is masking his gentle side with juvenile antics while Gamble's self-imposed control hides a borderline psychotic personality]].
* NonFatalExplosions: Averted and lampshaded, after a shop blows up a few feet from Hoitz and Gamble's faces, they lay half-deaf and in pain on the ground.
** "How do they walk away in movies without flinching when it explodes behind them!? There's no way! I CALL BULLSHIT ON THAT! When they flew the Millenium Falcon outside of the Death Star and it was followed by the explosion, that was bullshit!"
*** "Don't you DARE bad-mouth Star Wars, that was ALL accurate!"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqz5dbs5zmo Mark Wahlberg wasn't wearing a hat, that's why.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: At the start, Highsmith crashed his car into a building that seemed to be MadeOfExplodium.
* NoodleImplements: Apparently Gamble wants to do something to Sheila involving a mannequin hand and a golf club with a shaving razor attached to it.
* NoodleIncident: "I thought I was gonna hafta shoot my way out... What are you gonna do, y'know, ''bar mitzvah''s..."
** Notably averted with the shooting of Derek Jeter. Then they bring it up enough to push it straight into RunningGag territory.
** "I got so drunk last night I think I thought a tube of toothpaste was astronaut food!"
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Subverted. Highsmith and Danson die when they jump off a building.
* OnlySaneMan: The Captain is the only one who knows that no one should imitate Danson and Highhsmith.
* ThePlotReaper: The two supercops die, so Hoitz and Gamble have a chance at being in the spotlight.
* PrisonRape: Alluded to when one of the jerkass detectives taunts Ershon- "I hope you like prison food." ({{beat}}) "...and penis." [[CallBack It's the "tips for staying out of jail" cop, too.]]
* ProductPlacement: The Toyota Prius and Bed Bath and Beyond, of course. There are others, like Cakesters and Vaio.
** In one scene Gamble is drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade. Another has Gamble and Hoitz practically shilling ''Jersey Boys''.
** "[[LyricalDissonance While their Harry Potter books were burned...]]"
** And VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto.
** "Your hair is ''really'' soft!" "[=V05=] Hot Oil!"
** Every computer is a Sony Vaio. [[DestroyTheProductPlacement Including the one Hoitz smashes onto the office floor in a rage]].
* RandomEventsPlot: Most of the movie would have never happened if Gamble didn't bump into Ershon in the restaurant kitchen, recognize him, and arrest him for building code violations.
* TheRealHeroes: The Aesop of the movie is that the real heroes are the ones who genuinely make the world a better place, instead of doing more harm than good and still getting in the paper for being big and flashy like Highsmith and Danson
* RealityEnsues:
** The UnflinchingWalk doesn't work here.
** This is also how The Rock's and Sam Jackson's characters died early in the movie. Turns out jumping off a building is quite frequently fatal.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What happened to Hoitz after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter. Becomes an IronicEcho when it happens to both Hoitz and Gamble later on. While Hoitz learns to mellow out for the first time in his life, Gamble TookALevelInBadass.
* RunningGag: Captain Mauch [[WaxingLyrical unwittingly quoting lyrics]] from the band Music/{{TLC}} with Detective Hoitz and Gamble's disbelief that he's doing it by accident.
** Random attractive women being into Gamble. ([[AvertedTrope Except Terry's girlfriend.]])
*** Not merely 'attractive' but explictly 'hot' (ie. sexy) women; Terry's girlfriend is played by Lindsay Sloane who, though pretty, is more of an [[GirlNextDoor understated attractiveness]] than the obvious babes that seem to fall for Gamble.
*** At the end, Gamble says he lost his virginity to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_Locklear Heather Locklear]].
** Wesley and his fellow thugs taking Hoitz's shoes and Gamble's wooden gun
** Gamble's Prius being used for {{hobo}} orgies
** Hoitz's fascination with Sheila that causes him to repeat everything concerning her a few times. During conversation with her husband, nonetheless.
%%* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Gamble and Hoitz, of course. [[spoiler:Then gradually Deconstructed.]]
* SeriousBusiness: What does Hoitz do, when he and Gamble are in shock after the the nearby explosion and Gamble shouts that the destruction of the Death Star was all but realistic? Warn him not to bad-mouth ''Star Wars'', of course.
* ShootTheHostage: Wesley to Ershon.
* ShoutOut: The captain is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Mauch Gene Mauch]].
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Allen does this frequently, most notably Hoitz' rant about how much he hates Allen gets sidetracked into a scenario wherein tuna construct robotic landwalking devices and begin hunting down and eating lions.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/FooFighters' "My Hero" just before [[spoiler:two heroic cops jump 20 stories straight into the sidewalk.]]
%%* StuffBlowingUp
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Gator for [[spoiler: Allen]].
* TakeThat: Hoitz is told by a fellow cop that he should have shot Alex Rodriguez instead of Jeter.
* TakeUpMySword: The entire plot of the movie revolves around cops who feel that it is their time to step up and prove themselves in order to [[spoiler:replace the two heroes of the setting when they die in the line of duty]].
** Subverted in that, [[spoiler: though Hoitz and Gamble ended up becoming heroes for exposing the white collar crime that was going to bankrupt the police pension fund, they don't become the heroic replacement super cops. They stay the Other Guys, who the film makes out to be the real heroes: the guys who don't look spectacular saving the day, but do it nonetheless.]]
* TemptingFate: D&H get themselves killed because they thought they could survive anything.
* TestosteronePoisoning: The two supercops.
* ThereWasADoor: our heroes crash the Prius through the garage door rather than ''let Ershon open it first.''
* ThoseTwoGuys: Practically the movie's premise (if the title didn't tip you off). Ironically, it's the JerkJock pair, Martin and Fosse, who get this role.
* TooDumbToLive: Danson and Highsmith. Badasses? Indeed. So much so, that cheating death seems to be their calling card. And so, they decide to test just how badass they are [[spoiler:''by jumping off of a 20-story building to chase the bad guys.'' It ends [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou just about as well as you'd expect.]]]]
** TooCoolToLive is parodied in the same manner, and at their funeral.
%%* {{Troperrific}}
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Zigzagged. In the unrated version, they parody modern art with a coffee table with junk on it (with a sale price of $500,000), then it turns out Hoitz understands the "artsy-fartsy" piece better than his artistically inclined ex does and still thinks it's crap. Then his genuine tirade is critiqued and cheered on as if it was provocative performance piece. [[invoked]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Allen and Sheila. No, really.
--> '''Terry:''' "Seriously, who ''is'' she?"
* UnflinchingWalk: Averted, then immediately lampshaded.
--> "How do they walk away in movies without flinching when it explodes behind them? There's NO WAY! I call bullshit on that!"
* UnusualEuphemism: "Soup kitchen"
** Averted with Gamble, who still calls it a "dating service".
-->"That was no pimp... [[OverlyLongGag Pimps don't cry."]]
* VisualPun: Hoitz and Gamble may have given the term "Driving Range" a new meaning.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Allen. "Is that a wastebasket?"
* WatchThePaintJob: Boy, does that Prius suffer.
* WaxingLyrical: Captain Mauch swears he doesn't know he's quoting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT-6v5YakbU&feature=related TLC.]]
%%* WhatWereYouThinking
* WhiteCollarCrime: The credits detail not only some of the legit (but often greedy or stupid) finances that got us into the credit crunch, but also some of the now blatant criminality of some financial practices, such as a Ponzi scheme.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler:Gamble/Gator gets one of these when he allows himself to lose control (just a little).]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Of the hero being willing to hit a villainess kind. We don't actually ''see'' Hoitz hit the Brazilian DarkActionGirl but he does so hard enough that she's still unconscious several minutes later.
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Wahlberg's character seems to be forcibly trying to turn his life into a [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop action movie]], and for the most part, he kind of succeeds, except for his insistence that the bad guys must be connected to [[DrugsAreBad drugs]] somehow.
--> "This isn't MiamiVice!"
** And Highsmith and Danson are, of course, [[spoiler:not prepared to live outside a Bad Boys-esque action-thriller.]]