YMMV / Lethal Weapon

  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets / Values Dissonance: Riggs and Murtaugh are vehemently anti-apartheid and take on Amoral Afrikaners in 2, but in 4, seem to think it's perfectly okay to make Asian Speekee Engrish jokes throughout (although to be "fair" mostly around the Chinese villains who make their money smuggling and enslaving other Chinese people; they are much more respectful around the non-villainous Asian characters).
    • To be fair, they did it only to Uncle Benny. Who does speak like that. It could be they're just insulting him considering they have had dealings with him in the past.
  • Awesome Music: The scores for all four films were co-written by Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton. Do the math.
  • Contested Sequel: Whilst the first two movies are by and large considered buddy-cop/action classics, 3 and 4 are much more divisive. To some they are installments that have reached the point of self-parody in terms of their level of goofiness with things like the continued presence and pushing into center stage of the Leo Getz character as well as not having as strong of scripts after the departure of Shane Black. Whilst to others they while not as good as the first two are solid entries that continue to show off the great chemistry between its leads, match if not up the ante in at least some of the action scenes, and rounds off the story-arcs of its characters well. Particularly Riggs who finishes his progression from a crazed suicidal man to a more down to earth and at peace guy who can move on with his life and allow himself to be happy.
  • Crazy Awesome: Riggs, Riggs, Riggs.
    • Also, Riggs.
      • "You think I'm crazy? You think I'm crazy, I'll show you crazy!" *proceeds to slap himself in the face multiple times while wailing like Curly from The Three Stooges, pokes the drug dealer in the eyes, slaps the other drug dealers, and pulls out a gun.
  • Ending Fatigue: The first movie has a minor case of this with the fight against Mr. Joshua. It's a cool sequence, but the plot's already been wrapped up.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Leo Getz (in the second film, at least).
    • The fourth film introduced American audiences to Jet Li, and his character is largely what makes that film watchable. Many American moviegoers left the theaters saying, "Who the Hell was that?"
  • Evil Is Cool: Mr. Joshua and Wah Sing Ku.
  • Even Better Sequel: Richard Donner, Mel Gibson, and Danny Glover all consider the second one to be this.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the first film, Riggs jokingly asks if the stock market crashed. Months after the film came out, Black Thursday happened.
    • Riggs mocks Rudd's racism and calls him "Aryan" in the second film. Cut to 2006, and Mel Gibson is in hot water for making several racist remarks during his arrest. Cut to 2010, and he's in even more hot water for making even more racist statements during an argument with his girlfriend.
    • In the first film, one of the kids near Dixie's house says "My momma says policemen shoot black people!". It's a little more awkward these days, thanks to the high-profile police shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in 2014, spurring the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Riggs and Murtaugh are just loaded with this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Danny Glover has always been, and will always be, getting too old for this shit.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Nigh Invulnerable pyro guy in 4's intro.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Tim Cavanaugh, one of the cops in Riggs and Murtaugh's precinct who gets assassinated, is played by Dean Norris, who would later gain recognition as Hank in Breaking Bad.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Just try not to cheer for Jet Li in the fourth film.
  • Sequelitis: A not too drastic example, but most noticeable with part 4.
    • Shane Black disliked the sequels, as he felt they were too jokey and that they ruined the character of Riggs.
  • Values Dissonance: On two separate occasions in the first film, Riggs demonstrates extreme homophobia (calling Amanda sleeping with Dixie disgusting, and questioning whether Murtaugh's a "fag" when he tries to put out Riggs' burning jacket). Perhaps fair for its time in 1987; stands out quite a bit in modern times. Sequels, made during later and slightly more progress times, tune this down.
  • Vindicated by History: Somewhat. Whether people have a higher opinion of 3 and 4 is questionable, but both films look much better by comparison after Die Hard 4 and especially 5 came out, and Weapon is considered to have maintained a more consistent level of quality versus that 80s /90s action franchise.

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