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Film / Hot Pursuit

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Armed and sort of dangerous
Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a straight-laced Texas police officer who occasionally screws up on the job and has a habit of being clumsy, at her commanding officer's request Cooper is given the task of protecting a mob boss named Felipe Riva, who's testifying against a drug cartel and his wife Daniella (Sofía Vergara). The two bond over time with hilarious results.

This movie contains the following tropes:

  • A Minor Kidroduction: The prologue follows Cooper throughout her childhood and formative years with her police officer father.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Barring her screwups, Cooper could be considered this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Cooper basically witnessed her father's death as a teenager.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Used by Cooper in the Spotting the Thread bit below.
    Cooper: Tank is three-quarters full so they must have been only thirty miles away which means they would have been coming from...
  • Everybody Calls Him "Barkeep": It takes until the end of the film to learn that Cooper's first name is Rose.
  • Person as Verb: Cooper has been in professional trouble since she accidentally set a young man on fire when the taser triggered the alcohol on his shirt because she misinterpreted his 'call shotgun' comment, resulting in people making references to 'getting Coopered'.
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  • Running Gag: Every time Cooper and Daniella hear a public announcement about their status, Cooper is listed as being an inch shorter than the last broadcast while Daniella is described as being a few years older.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The degree to which Cooper can be considered 'awesome' may be debated, but she possesses a virtually encyclopaedic knowledge of police procedural codes, while lacking various social skills such as an ignorance of the meaning of the term "I call shotgun", as well as coming across too strongly during dates.
  • Spotting the Thread: When they escape the initial hit squad at the mansion, Cooper and Daniella are met by cops Dixon and Hauser who said they're responding to Cooper's call for aid. It's when she's inside the car, that Cooper realizes that she put out the call just 20 minutes ago and to get from the police station to this location that fast, the cops would have had to have been doing 180 miles an hour. She then checks the car's fuel gauge to do the math on how these men were just 30 miles away when the call came in. Finally, she spots that Hauser has the same tattoo as one of the masked gunmen at the mansion and they're working for the cartel.
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  • Standard Cop Backstory: Officer Cooper's father is a cop who was fatally shot in the line of duty.
  • U.S. Marshal: Jackson who get killed by hired Hispanic assassins

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