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Boone: The Bounty Hunter is a 2017 film featuring John Morrison as the title character of Boone, Spencer Grammer and Osric Chau as his assistants, Kat and Denny, and Quentin "Rampage" Jackson as himself. Boone: The Bounty Hunter is an in-universe reality TV show following Boone as he takes down criminals on camera, usually shirtless, while spouting his catch-phrases as often as possible. Before the filming of the final episode of their sixth season, they learn that the network plans to shut them down due to declining ratings. Boone hatches a crazy scheme for a blockbuster final episode, using a contact at the DEA to learn about Ryan Davenport, the son of drug lord Cole Davenport, who has jumped bail for Mexico. Everything goes smoothly, and Boone has Ryan ready for extradition. Unfortunately, Cole has Kat and Denny, and practically owns the town.

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This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • The Cameo: Kevin Sorbo appears as himself at the beginning of the film as himself, being taken down by Boone for parking tickets. Tiny Lister shows up in one of the clips of the show.
  • Catchphrase: Boone spouts several catchphrases ranging from puns on his name (after taking someone down, he'll generally announce, "You just got Booned!") to his closing catchphrase, turning to the camera and saying, "You're welcome, America."
  • Combat Parkour: Boone's fights incorporate a liberal amount of flipping evasions, combined with John Morrison's acrobatic wrestling takedowns.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Kat vs. Tess.
  • Groin Attack: Nicknamed the "Boone Special" and used by Miguel against Ryan to foil a Human Shield attempt.
  • I Have No Son!: Initially, Cole tries to protect Ryan from the consequences of his actions (and to keep him from causing more trouble). By the end of the film, he's abandoned Ryan to his fate.
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  • Le Parkour: Boone utilizes a fair amount of gratuitous freerunning in his pursuit of his targets.
  • Mission Control:
    • Kat and Denny provide this, using a drone and strategically placed cameras to guide Boone.
    • Later, Jackson guides Boone through a fight against two opponents.
  • Pocket Protector: Boone's saved by the metal case holding autographed trading cards.
  • Seasonal Rot: Implied to be why Boone's show is being cancelled. They went from targeting actual criminals to instead chasing down celebrities for minor violations, with viewers becoming increasingly convinced the fights are staged.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Boone spends a fair amount of the film without his shirt.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: It's probably inevitable that Boone uses several moves from Morrison's top-rope acrobatics to take down his targets. Most of it is him mugging for the camera against a largely defeated opponent, but it's occasionally thrown in as a power move all its own in the middle of the fight.

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