Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington
) an undercover DEA Agent is trying to get Papi Greco for his cocaine dealing ways. Facing a major set-back with two weeks to get a dead man to flip on Papi he listens to his acquaintaince Stig (Mark Wahlberg
) and agrees to rob a bank. Unfortunately for him Stigman's an undercover US Navy officer and the bank they just robbed was full of the CIA's money. And they want it back. Neither Stig or Bobby realise the other isn't a lowlife crook. Hilarity Ensues
The film provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Earl and Papi especially.
- Arc Words: "That's Correct".
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Bobby and Stig briefly in the climax
- Big Bad Ensemble: Papi, Quince and Earl.
- Bookends: The movie begins and ends with the main duo sitting in a diner scoping out a bank for a robbery, only this time they know they're robbing a CIA bank.
- Boom, Headshot: How Papi kills Deb.
- Brick Joke: Bobby getting a '64 Impala for Papi.
- About halfway through the movie, Bobby promises that he's still going to shoot Stig when they're done with everything, to get back at him for shooting Bobby in the shoulder earlier. After the climatic shootout, he does just that.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Well, DEA/Navy rather than FBI but the CIA is extra evil to make up for it.
- Comically Missing the Point: Bobby warns Stig about mouthing off at the mooks because their heads could end up in a bowling bag. Stig says it wouldn't be possible, because two heads wouldn't fit in one bag.
- Donut Mess with a Cop:
Bobby: Didja ever hear the saying, Never rob a bank thatís across from a diner that has the best donuts in three counties?
Stig: Thatís not a saying.
Bobby: Yes it is.
Stig: No itís not. I get what youíre saying, but itís not a saying.
Bobby: Itís a saying.
Bobby: Itís a saying now.
- Friendly Sniper: Stigman.
Stig: When's the last time you saw me miss?
- How We Got Here: We start off with Bobby and Stig blowing up a diner and then jump into the recent past showing the two working together while not realizing the other's status.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Stigman.
- Ironic Echo: "Three inches to the left and ..." and "When's the last time you saw me miss?"
- Also, "It was unexpected, that's why it's a brilliant plan."
- And when Earl quotes Bobby on his 'saying' "Have you ever heard the saying, never rob a bank thatís across from a diner that has the best donuts in three counties?"
- Karmic Death: To frame Bobby, Earl shoots his boss three times in the chest while the man is helpless on ground. In the climax, Stig shoots Earl three times in the chest while he's helpless on the ground.
- MacGuffin: The money.
- Ms. Fanservice: Deb.
- MÍlťe ŗ Trois: At the climax, Bobby and Stig lure the Big Bad Ensemble into a shootout.
- Mexican Standoff: Between the Big Bad Ensemble with Bobby and Stig in the middle of it in the climax.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While being held at gunpoint by someone wanting his car keys, Stig shoves them in his pants, all the while cracking wise. However, it's really a trick, as he waits for the keys to slide down his pants leg, and then kicks them up into the air to distract the man while he goes for his own pistol.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Make it rain."
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted with the admiral who seems as if he is this but then is revealed to a Bad Boss throwing Stig under the bus to cover up Quince's illegal actions.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: * Stig (Mark Wahlberg) tosses a Zippo lighter in a diner to start a fire for a distraction at the beginning of the film.
- Right Hand Versus Left Hand: The entire premise is that these two undercover agents have no idea that the other is one as well.
- True Companions: Bobby and Stig evolve into this.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bobby and Stig.
- World of Badass: Nearly all the major cast members qualify, but Bobby and Stig can outgun them all.