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“I am Mr. Romance when I meet a woman. And then once I hit it, I lose interest, but that ain’t my fault.”
Marcus
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A 1992 Romantic Comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens and Halle Berry, directed by Reginald Hudlin.

Murphy plays Marcus, an advertisement executive who regularly picks up women and as soon as he has slept with them, breaks up the relationship for petty reasons. He then falls in love for real.

This film has examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Eccentric supermodel-turned-singer/actress Grace Jones parodies her media persona as deranged supermodel Helen Strangé.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Angela chooses Marcus over Gerard.
  • Animal Motif: Marcus is referred to as a dog, which is slang for a man who sleeps around, throughout the movie. He turns his head like a dog anytime he sees an attractive woman and is thinking of how to get her in bed, and his Leitmotif is “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Marcus tells Jacqueline he can’t sleep with her, because he realizes he’s in love with Angela. To which Jacqueline responds:
    Jacqueline: If you’re in love with Angela, why are you here with me?
    Marcus: Exactly. [Marcus gets up and leaves.]
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  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Angela slaps Marcus after he credits her with making him a better man... which makes him attractive to Jacqueline again.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Marcus only realizes he’s in love with Angela after he has cheated on her. Once he comes home to be with her, he finds a "Dear John" Letter and her stuff gone. Ultimately subverted though, as she takes him back a few months later.
  • Betty and Veronica: Angela vs Jacqueline. Later in the movie, Gerard and Marcus are this respectively, to Angela.
  • Big Entrance: Strangé’s arrival at the party, riding a chariot powered by half-naked men.
  • Break-Up Song: “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men and “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” by Toni Braxton.
  • The Casanova: Marcus is a massive womanizer, having his assistant send flowers to numerous women saying "Only thinking of you."
  • Advertisement:
  • Dada Ad: Nelson and Strangé create an ad, in which Strangé is in a flaming jungle in labor and gives birth to a bottle of perfume.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Lady Eloise.
  • The Ditz: Christie comes off as this.
  • Erotic Eating: Te film originally had cosmetics commercials that take trope beyond the target rating limits. There was reluctant meddling to tone it down.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Marcus’ scheming to get Christie in bed by pretending to have a lost dog, then pretending to have a lost love, and immediately leaving once they have sex all set up his ladykiller character.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Angela makes unprompted remarks about how attractive Jacqueline, leading Marcus and Angela to converse about both this trope and the Even the Guys Want Him trope.
  • Everything Is Racist: Tyler. He accuses a white waitress of being racist because she refers to asparagus “spears” rather than "tips". He later explains how the game of pool is actually a racist metaphor.
    Tyler: The white ball dominates everything, right? Knocks the shit out of the yellow ball, the red ball, right? And the game’s over when the white ball drives the black ball completely off the table. Now why is that?
    Gerard: I don’t know. But I’m sure you’ll tell me, my brutha?
    Tyler: It’s because of the white man’s fear of the sexual potency of black balls.
    Marcus: Now that one was interesting. And the pool table is the Earth, that’s why it’s green. And they used to think the world was flat.
  • Flanderization: Angela starts out as really laid back, and in one scene where she finds out where Marcus cheated on her, she tells him to "Stay the fuck out of her life!"; later on in the movie her cursing habits are amped up whereas, before that scene, she was relatively mellow.
  • Forgot About His Powers: After doing such a great job picking up Christie, Marcus’ technique with Jacqueline is surprisingly incompetent.
  • Friend to All Children: To further drive home that Angela is the stereotypical Nice Girl, she also volunteers as an art teacher to under-served teenagers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Averted in-universe. A depressed Marcus gives Nelson and Strangé carte blanche to make whatever type of commercial they want. The resulting commercial is so offensive that Marcus is suspended and nearly fired.
  • Ironic Echo: After Marcus cheats on Angela with Jacqueline, Angela tells him, “Love shoulda brought your ass home last night.” Later, when he has a Belated Love Epiphany and comes home to an empty apartment, the song playing is "Love Shoulda Brought You Home".
  • Karma Houdini: Jacqueline spurning Marcus is intended to serve as comeuppance for all of his previous philandering. However, he then goes on to first steal Angela from his best friend, Gerard, and then cheats on Angela with Jacqueline. Despite all this, Marcus wins back both Gerard’s friendship and Angela’s love and gets to reject Jacqueline like she rejected him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: The whole plot point of the movie. Marcus falls in love with the one woman he thinks is his equal. But soon finds out that she's an even more ruthless player than he is.
  • May–December Romance: Marcus and Lady Eloise, though it's not exactly a romance...
  • Meaningful Name: Strangé, who is definitely a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Marcus spends most of his relationships doing this to women due to an unconscious fear of commitment. He waits until after they've had sex, then breaks up with women because they don't have tiny feet and other such jackassery. Then he finally meets a woman he can't find fault in and falls in love.
  • Monochrome Casting: Every member of the cast is of African descent, with most being African-American and a few (Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder) Afro-Caribbean.
  • Nipple and Dimed: A perfume commercial is being edited and the main characters go to great lengths to figure out whether a shot of her bare chest features a nipple. Marcus insists it's just a shadow. Eventually, the editor does a close-up and declares "It's a nipple, 'cause I'm drooling".
  • Red Shirt: Marcus and Angela discuss this trope while watching an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series and seeing Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and "Yeoman Johnson" beam down to an unknown planet.
  • Rom Com Job: Both Marcus and Angela are in advertising business.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: Jacqueline does this for Marcus.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Bony T, played by Chris Rock, disappears from the movie after Jacqueline spurns and humiliates Marcus.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Angela quits her volunteer work as an art teacher after Marcus cheats on her with Jacqueline. Even includes a minor Evil Makeover.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Marcus sleeps with Lady Eloise in hopes of being appointed head of marketing, but his plan is ultimately subverted, because Lady Eloise isn’t in charge of her own company.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Subverted to comic effect. Marcus forces himself to sleep with Lady Eloise who just acquired his company. He's confident the day after, meeting Jacqueline and boasting of how he's got the inside track for the upcoming promotion. At which point, Givens breaks it to him that Eloise hasn't been involved with the company for years and is just a figurehead with no power.
  • Title Drop: Angela tells Marcus that "love shoulda brought your ass home last night," inspiring the (Bowdlerised) title of the Toni Braxton song, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home".
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Angela leaves Gerard for Gerard’s best friend, Marcus.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Gerard is extremely straight-laced, while his father is flamboyant, outspoken, and loves to "coordinate".
  • Woman Scorned:
    • Yvonne, Marcus’ Cranky Neighbor who was one among many women Marcus slept with and then spurned. She now spends her time warning away other woman Marcus invites over.
    • When Marcus refuses the advances of Strangé in the restaurant (to the extent he falsely claims to be gay), she does not take it well. At all.
    Strangé: "Gay". You're not gay, you just don't wanna fuck me! [Various patrons gasp in shock and one even does a mid-meal Spit Take] I mean, I know a gay man when I see one, I know what a gay guy looks like; my brother is gay! [Turns to a random man] And you! You; he's gay! [Turns to another man] And he is gay! [Storms off] Merde! Toi tu sais même pas, fais chier, même pas baiser! Va t'enculer, tout le monde!note 

 
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