OSS 117: Lost in Rio (OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus) is a 2009 French spy comedy, and the the second film (also directed by Michel Hazanavicius) about the comedic misadventures of Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117.
In this installment, 117 is sent to Brazil in 1967 to obtain a list of French World War II collaborators from an old Nazi. While there, he meets up with a foxy Israeli spy named Dolores who is determined to capture the Nazi. Of course, the idiotic 117 can't stop embarrassing her with his blissful ignorance and prejudices.
Both this film and its predecessor, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, star Jean Dujardin as OSS 117, a version of the character who might be best described as Sean Connery's James Bond, if Bond were both amazingly stupid and a tad racist. Based on a not-at-all satirical series of French spy novels, which first inspired not-at-all satirical spy films, mainly in The '60s.
A third OSS 117 film with Dujardin, OSS 117: From Africa with Love, is set for release on August 4, 2021.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Dolores
- Affectionate Parody: Of the early James Bond films and other sexy spy thrillers of The '60s.
- All Germans Are Nazis: 117 has heard about the theory that all Germans are not all Nazis. He doesn't think much of it. Ironically, he chastises Dolores for generalizing that all Nazis were SS.
- Argentina Is Nazi-Land: Well, Brazil Is Naziland in this case.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Bill Trumendous, the CIA agent.
- Berserk Button: Don't speak ill of your own father in front of Hubert. Even if your father is a literal Nazi.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Atop Christ the Redeemer. With fireworks.
- Bilingual Bonus: The CIA agent swears at and insults 117 repeatedly in English, then laughs in his face. Also, his name is Bill Trumendous.
- Black Vikings: During the Nazi Party scene, a few of the SS officers in the backgrounds are black. That was probably intentional.
- Bottomless Magazines: Hubert fires at least fifty shots without reloading from his pistol in the opening sequence.
- Call-Back: The way 117 chases the villain down the walkways around the waterfall is the same way he chases the villain down the streets of Cairo in the previous film. He pauses at every intersection to look around before dashing off in one direction, even though this time he should be able to see the exact path to the villain no matter where he is.
- Comically Missing the Point: 117 is sometimes utterly clueless and frequently misses the point.
- Character Title
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: The CIA agent tells 117, "We're only allies when you need us to liberate you."
- Chekhov's Gun:
- 117's fear of heights. Of course, he gets over it when needed.
- A significantly sillier version is the plans for the duck paddle boat 117 tucks into his breast pocket before going on his mission
- Crosses the Line Twice: 117's anti-semitic comments are one thing, having a Nazi war criminal rage against the unfairness of hunting them down by quoting none other than Shylock's famous speech...Von Zimmel: I am a Nazi. Hath not a Nazi eyes? Hath not a Nazi hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
- Distracted by the Sexy: 117 forgets about the mission when he sees topless girls on the beach.
- Flash Back Echo: The flashback that reveals Hubert himself is carrying the list of Nazi agents is almost identical to the exposition immediately preceding it.
- Foot Popping: The last kiss between Dolores and 117.
- Foreign-Language Tirade: The CIA agent speaks French fine but enjoys insulting 117 in English.
- Fourth Reich: 117 has to fight against Nazis in Brazil attempting to establish a Fifth Reich, since they failed at creating a Fourth one with Von Zimmel.
- Greedy Jew: Of course, as he explains to them, it's not because of this trope that he doesn't trust them with money.
- Hollywood Darkness: In keeping with the parody, all night scenes are shot day-for-night on particularly sunny days so that it's quite obvious.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Dolores
- Hypocritical Humor: 117 thinks that All Germans Are Nazis, but chastises Dolores for implying that all Nazis were SS. "Don't generalize!"
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Parodied. 117 gets into several gunfights at close range and makes no attempt to dodge or even take cover. In another scene, while under a hailstorm of gunfire, he goes back to retrieve a briefcase full of money, then goes back to get his jacket and sunglasses, then pauses a third time as if wondering if he's forgotten anything else.
- Insistent Terminology: 117 corrects the Mossad agents several times that his code number is "One Hundred and Seventeen" ("Cent dix-sept"), not "Double-One Seven".
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: 117 can't remember which Asian country allied with the Nazis. He also calls all Asian people "Chinamen".
- Intoxication Ensues: 117 does not know what LSD is.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: 117 is told that he's misogynistic and borderline racist, but objects to being called a a tacky dresser.
- It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Hubert decides to infiltrate the Nazi costume party dressed as Robin Hood. Everyone apart from himself and Dolores is dressed in SS uniform.
- It Will Never Catch On: OSS 117 patronizing young hippies.OSS 117: It is not 68, go youth!note
- Jerkass: Bill Trumendous is one to 117, but 117 doesn't get it.
- Low-Speed Chase: 117 wakes up in a hospital, in the same room as the Big Bad Von Zimmel. 117's wounds are more severe than Von Zimmel's, and the latter escapes slowly, using a walker, but 117 still tries to chase him, not being able to run or even walk fast and hampered by his blood transfusion bag. Cue the chase music that would be more appropriate in an action scene.
- Masked Luchador: The villain is also a South-American wrestling promoter, and has two masked luchadores as henchmen... Nazi masked luchadores!
- Monumental Battle: Atop the "Christ the Redeemer" statue.
- Nazi Hunter: Dolores is a Mossad agent and she is on the hunt for Von Zimmel.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lampshaded. 117 is relaxing at a party with a bunch of comely Chinese ladies when a squad of Chinese assassins burst into the room to kill him. 117 promptly engages in a gunfight that winds up with him and his girlfriend unscathed, but with all of the assassins and all of the other girls dead. As he stands among a pile of corpses 117 says, "That almost got bad."
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: OSS 117 ends up getting a taste of hippie free love.
- Politically Correct History: Completely averted.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Once again, 117, through a combination of chauvinistic spy fiction tropes, Deliberate Values Dissonance due to the story taking place in The '50s, and his own comical ignorance of any other culture.
- Puns: 117 makes a few. In the end, he exchanges puns on the name Lee until his superior tells him that it isn't funny anymore.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dolores gives a long list of reasons why she's not attracted to 117. He only objects to the "tacky dresser" part.
- Running Gag: The Chinese assassins trying to kill 117 for killing their brothers in Gsaadt. Eventually one kills Bill Trumedous for killing his brother, one of the assassins who tried to kill 117.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Lampshaded. 117 and his girlfriend start getting busy, so the camera pans away to two birds on the windowsill — and the birds start having sex.
- Sir Swearsalot: Bill Trumendous, the vulgar CIA agent.
- Split Screen: Used throughout, often for comedic purpose.
- Split-Screen Phone Call: Parodied in a scene that winds up with a chain of over a dozen people on the phone and on screen at the same time.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: 117 makes it quite clear that the reason he won't leave the money with the Mossad is not because of all those things they say about Jews and money.
- Take a Third Option:Dolores: They want to make love, not war.
OSS 117: But both are possible.
- Take That!: The Historical In-Joke being that, even though De Gaulle isn't considered a dictator by most, all of these were technically true at the time.Dolores: What do you call a country with a military leader controlling everything, a secret police, a single TV channel with every information controlled by the state?
OSS 117: I call that "France", Miss. "General De Gaulle's France..."
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Hubert walks into a lift with four assassins intent on killing him. He makes racist jokes with the German ones which makes the Chinese ones so angry that they attack the others. Hubert walks out unscathed.
- Vertigo Effect: The whole scene is pretty blatantly stolen from Vertigo, in fact.
- Wrestler in All of Us: 117's fight with the Blue Devil is choreographed as if it were a wrestling match.