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* EarWorm:
** In the first film, the fast ragtime piano piece that plays on the piano when Frank's wrecking Ludwig's apartment.
** The main theme has stuck in the heads of an entire generation of moviegoers.


** The second film's opening has a joke about Frank accidentally running over two men who, fortunately, turned out to be drug dealers. In the 2010s growing concerns over excessive use of force by the police, and the dehumanization of non-violent offenders, makes this joke seem distasteful. There's the frequent and casual mention of shooting criminals, though the observant viewer may note that Frank never actually kills ''anyone'' with a firearm onscreen, with the lone exception occurring in a nightmare he has.

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** The second film's opening has a joke about Frank accidentally running over two men who, fortunately, turned out to be drug dealers. In the 2010s growing concerns over excessive use of force by the police, and the dehumanization of non-violent offenders, makes this joke seem distasteful. There's also the frequent and casual mention of shooting criminals, though the observant viewer may note that Frank never actually kills ''anyone'' with a firearm onscreen, with the lone exception occurring in a nightmare he has.


** The second film's opening has a joke about Frank accidentally running over two men who, fortunately, turned out to be drug dealers. In the 2010s growing concerns over excessive use of force by the police, and the dehumanization of non-violent offenders, makes this joke seem distasteful.

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** The second film's opening has a joke about Frank accidentally running over two men who, fortunately, turned out to be drug dealers. In the 2010s growing concerns over excessive use of force by the police, and the dehumanization of non-violent offenders, makes this joke seem distasteful. There's the frequent and casual mention of shooting criminals, though the observant viewer may note that Frank never actually kills ''anyone'' with a firearm onscreen, with the lone exception occurring in a nightmare he has.


* {{Sequelitis}}: It seems that every movie is relying on sexual/toilet humor more than the last, and the first film is the only one considered uncontroversially great.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: It seems that every each movie is relying relies more heavily on sexual/toilet humor more than the last, and the first film is the only one considered uncontroversially great.


* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today, except nuclear energy no longer having large political power it once had due to public fears and said coal and oil lobby in its stagnation.

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* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today, except nuclear energy no longer having large political power it once had due to public fears and said coal and oil lobby lobby's roles in its stagnation.

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** The second film's opening has a joke about Frank accidentally running over two men who, fortunately, turned out to be drug dealers. In the 2010s growing concerns over excessive use of force by the police, and the dehumanization of non-violent offenders, makes this joke seem distasteful.

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** At one point in the first film a hospitalized Nordberg tries to inform Frank about a shipment of drugs, and Frank believes that he's asking for painkillers, and demands that the nurses give him some. When Nordberg clarifies "heroin" Frank gives him a confused look and says "Uh, Nordberg... that's a pretty tall order. You're gonna have to give me a couple of days on that one." The entire joke is premised on the assumption that prescription painkillers are totally different from illegal opioids. In the wake of the Opioid epidemic this proved to be dead wrong.


* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today, except nuclear energy no longer having large political power it once had with its proportions significantly reduced.

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* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today, except nuclear energy no longer having large political power it once had with due to public fears and said coal and oil lobby in its proportions significantly reduced.stagnation.


* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today.

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* ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the coal, oil, and nuclear lobbies controlling interests in Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today.today, except nuclear energy no longer having large political power it once had with its proportions significantly reduced.

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** Frank's [[OverlyLongGag increasingly awful]] attempts to comfort Mrs. Nordberg while [[InnocentlyInsensitive inadvertently making things much worse.]] Especially because her husband is, well, ''O.J. Simpson.''
-->'''Ed:''' Don't worry, Wilma. Your husband is gonna be all right. Just think positive. Never let a doubt enter your mind.
-->'''Frank:''' He's right, Wilma, but I wouldn't wait until the last minute to fill out those organ donor cards. ''(Wilma starts crying again)''
** Frank cleans out his desk and finds evidence that exonerates a criminal who'd been proclaiming his innocence. Then Ed informs him that the guy already [[AcquittedTooLate went to the electric chair two years ago]], and Frank awkwardly shoves the evidence back inside his desk.


** [[UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev Gorbachev]] at the Beirut council saying the Americans "[believe he's] a nice guy". The film was released before his policies of ''perestroika'' and ''glasnost'' unintentionally [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp led to the fall of]] [[UsefulNotes/IronCurtain the Iron Curtain]], ironically [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade improving his reputation]] in the West even more.
** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', thanks to the same production's controversy for its perceived violence by sponsor Delta Airlines in 2017.

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** [[UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev Gorbachev]] at the Beirut council saying the Americans "[believe he's] a nice guy". The film was released before his policies of ''perestroika'' and ''glasnost'' unintentionally [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp led to the fall of]] [[UsefulNotes/IronCurtain the Iron Curtain]], ironically [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade improving his reputation]] in the West even more.
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** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', thanks to the same production's controversy for its perceived violence by sponsor Delta Airlines in 2017.


** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' is now this, thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right-wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.

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** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' is now this, ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right-wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.Airlines in 2017.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: Ed calling Hector Savage's bluff in ''2½'' and getting him to surrender. Subverted when Frank screws it up with the tank, but it still shows exactly why Ed is the Captain.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Drebin's crack about the Democratic Party being "ancient history" was a topical reference to the fact that they'd lost the last three presidential elections at the time of the film's release. As always, the current power dynamic between the two major parties is always in flux.
** The fist film has a BatmanColdOpen in which Drebin confronts a rogue's gallery of political figures of the era: Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, and Mikhail Gorbachev. All of these people are now dead or out of power. In fact, Khomeini died the year after the film released, and Amin had already been in exile for ten years.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Drebin's crack about the Democratic Party being "ancient history" was a topical reference to the fact that they'd lost the last three presidential elections at the time of the film's release. As always, the current power dynamic between the two major parties is always in flux.
** The fist film has a BatmanColdOpen in which Drebin confronts a rogue's gallery of political figures of the era: Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, and Mikhail Gorbachev. All of these people are now dead or out of power. In fact, Khomeini died the year after the film released, and Amin had already been in exile for ten years.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Drebin's crack
ValuesResonance: ''2 1/2'' is all about the Democratic Party being "ancient history" was a topical reference to the fact that they'd lost the last three presidential elections at the time of the film's release. As always, the current power dynamic between the two major parties is always in flux.
** The fist film has a BatmanColdOpen in which Drebin confronts a rogue's gallery of political figures of the era: Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro,
coal, oil, and Mikhail Gorbachev. All of these people are now dead or out of power. In fact, Khomeini died the year after the film released, and Amin had already been nuclear lobbies controlling interests in exile for ten years.Washington, not allowing renewable energy to take a foothold. This struggle is ''still'' going on today.


* CrossesTheLineTwice: The reason many of the gags work. {{Mook}} getting offed in a vat of... ''stuff'' in a hot dog factory? Not terribly funny. BigBad later finds the mook's finger in his hot dog? Hilarious!

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The reason many of the gags work. {{Mook}} getting offed in a vat of... of ''stuff'' in a hot dog factory? Not terribly funny. BigBad later finds the mook's finger in his hot dog? Hilarious!



** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' is now this, thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.

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** Frank "[shooting] the bastards" in the Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' is now this, thanks to the same production's recent controversy for its perceived violence by right wing right-wing supporters and sponsor Delta Airlines.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAMqMErPIIY The trucker who tried to rape Jane in the third movie]]? A certain [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Gul Dukat]]. (Also counts as PlayingAgainstType- he's more known as a MagnificentBastard alien, not a sleazy trucker/attempted rapist.)

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAMqMErPIIY The trucker who tried to rape Jane in the third movie]]? A movie]] is a certain [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Gul Dukat]]. (Also counts as PlayingAgainstType- he's more known as a MagnificentBastard alien, not a sleazy trucker/attempted rapist.)



* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Frank's pleas for Jane to snap out of her hypnotic state at the end of the first film. Particularly this line:]]

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* TearJerker: TearJerker:
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[[spoiler: Frank's pleas for Jane to snap out of her hypnotic state at the end of the first film. Particularly this line:]]



** While overall being very funny, the shots of ''everyone'' in the ballpark embracing because they're so moved by what they're seeing and hearing can be quite touching, especially of the Jewish man and the Arab man...and the [[MailmanVsDog mailman and the dog]].
*** If you listen carefully, you can hear the dog whimpering, indicating that he's genuinely apologizing for having barked at/chased/bitten the guy.

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** While overall being very funny, the shots of ''everyone'' in the ballpark embracing because they're so moved by what they're seeing and hearing can be quite touching, especially of the Jewish man and the Arab man...and the [[MailmanVsDog mailman and the dog]].
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dog]]. If you listen carefully, you can hear the dog whimpering, indicating that he's genuinely apologizing for having barked at/chased/bitten the guy.



* ValuesDissonance: As fitting for a film series that ran in the late 80's to early 90's, this has some of it.

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* ValuesDissonance: As fitting for a film series that ran in the late 80's 80s to early 90's, 90s, this has some of it.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Drebin's crack about the Democratic Party being "ancient history" was a topical reference to the fact that they'd lost the last three presidential elections at the time of the film's release. As always, the current power dynamic between the two major parties is always in flux.
** The fist film has a BatmanColdOpen in which Drebin confronts a rogue's gallery of political figures of the era: Idi Amin, Muammar Gaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, and Mikhail Gorbachev. All of these people are now dead or out of power. In fact, Khomeini died the year after the film released, and Amin had already been in exile for ten years.

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