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The sequel to Smetto Quando Voglio, it has inspector Paola Coletti (Greta Scarano) visit Pietro in jail and convincing him to reunite the band to be an unofficial strike squad against smart drugs, wiping their criminal record clean in exchange. In addition to the old cast, Pietro recruits Giulio Bolle (Marco Bonini), an anatomist who got expelled after a phisical cofrontation with his professors and, never becoming an actual doctor, applies his knowledge of human anatomy to illegal fights, Lucio Napoli (Gianpaolo Morelli), an exiled engineer selling technology to criminal warlords and the likes, and Vittorio (Rosario Losna), the lawyer mentioned in the previous movie just to be sure.This movie tones down the social criticism of the first one, and the sense of humor loses a bit his sense of novity. However, its still hilarious, and compensate the loss of novity with a better plot, making it overall better than it's predecessor.

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  • Asshole Victim: Extremely downplayed, since it's not that bad and you do empathize a bit with Arturo. But if you live in Rome, you will also empathizes with his boss that mistreats for stopping the work on the subway again. He's also called out in-universe.
    • Chief inspector Paola Coletti could be considered one as well, depending on how much you think she was trying to help them and to do the right thing and not just climbing the ranks. She is forced to take some vacation and frame the team as the producers and criminals who only wanted to get back into the game to hide the police involvement.
  • Black Comedy (Attempted) Rape: In one scene, when Giulia sees Pietro with a bandaged arm making up Blatant Lies about it being just a scratch, she assumes he was subjected to Prison Rape. He claims it was only attempted once, and never happened again. From his tone, it's look like a discussion he's often.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bartolomeo takes the role back, with Pietro foreseeing all his questions in the meeting and apparently falling out of the train in the climax.
    • Subtly Vittorio joins the rooster. They kept the ending scene of the first movie, we see him completely useless in the one trial shown on-screen, and he isn't able to provide actual, official documents for their accord with the police, ultimately leading to the band's undoing.
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  • Calling the Old Man Out: Combined with What the Hell, Hero?, Alberto does a spectacular one against Pietro.
  • Cassandra Truth: Alberto telling everyone he saw a chromatograph when he had the accident, and that's how they are producing sopox. Considering that A) he was high the time he saw it, B) he remembered seeing it by getting high again and C) it looks pointless to buy/steal such a complex machine just for that, you can't really balme the others for not believing him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Genre Savvy watchers knew Sopox would have been the final drug to look for as soon as they heard it mentioned.
    • When we see that the accident was caused by Alberto seeing someone carrying a chromatograph, they also could tell it was involved in something big. It was actually possible to guess it was used to produce sopox out of sheer genre-savvyness.
  • Dare to Be Badass: That's how Coletti manipulates the team into turning against Pietro's will and bring her sopox too, telling them it's their chance to have a Grand Finale for the whole operation instead of just catching small fishes.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Lucio's introduction. If what he says about his explosive suitcase is right, it's a very impressive piece of technology. He even made an app to detonate it safely. Then he founds himself without internet during the demonstration...
  • Downer Ending: Oh, boy. Every main character ends up worse than they was in the beginning. In an interesting twist, however, technically it's the same ending of the first movie, just with a lot more information and context.
  • Epic Fail: The ultra-sound cannon Andrea takes from Lucio, who's also heavily featured in his posters, ends up doing absolutely nothing. He immediately lampshades how embarassing it was.
  • Foreshadowing: Sopox's extremely complex structure is brought up more than once, and the more it goes on the more is explained how the production looks too complex for a drug. It's actually a side product, what they are really making is nerve gas.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Alberto considers it various time, and eventually crosses it, taking a pill of sopox to find out how it's made. Pietro doesn't take it well, and kicks him out.
  • Hope Spot: The team finally stops sopox's production, Pietro reaches Giulia, and is about to reconcile with her and see her son. The police shows up, arresting him right in front of Giulia, and we see the whole team being arrested too, accused of being the ones producing sopox, so the police can deny any involvment with them.
  • How We Got Here: Almost the whole movie happens between the last two scenes of the first one, showing what happened in-between.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The sopox producer is one. He's shown as efficient and organized, has no funny lines and, even if the situation is funny, goes straight for the kill against Pietro. And, in the end, he's revealed to be actually producing nerve gas.
  • Lampshade Hanging: With all his in-and-out for his permissions, Pietro doesn't look like he's actually in jail in this movie. Lucio points it out aloud in the first meeting, also wondering what kind of convicts has the freedom to take a plane and go to another country. Giulia also wonders how can he do that. And then, Reality Ensues...
  • The Load: Vittorio never actually does anything useful. He's also too eager to trust Coletti's word, never having her signing any official document, allowing the police to frame them in the end. Interestingly, not having done anything actually illegal, he's also the only one who suffers no consequences for it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Chief inspector Paola Coletti, big time. She manipulates Alberto into getting Pietro to surrender himself (leading to Murena's arrest), manipulates Pietro into having the band working for her, and then manipulates the whole team into bringing her sopox too. What stops her from being magnificent is her Kick the Dog moment, that ends up costing her dearly. She still manages to get thirty smart-drugs and sopox out of the bussiness, just as she planned.
  • Noodle Incident: We aren't told why Lucio was exiled from Italy. However, since Pietro describes it as a "low-cost war-lord", we can guess.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The movie opens exactly where the first one ends, and goes on from there. The couple of details added changes the tone of the conversation.
    • The same thing happens with Alberto's losing control of the car and his arrest.
  • Power Walk: The band does one after Lucio gives them all the new equipment.
  • Reality Ensues: Once again, in several issues.
    • We see that the police didn't actually have much to hold against them, and only Alberto was in any actual trouble. But they could bluff well.
    • Using payable phones to talk to the members of your band makes all too easy to locate you.
    • Pietro bargained the safety for his friends for everything they did with the drug. Then they robbed a pharmacy, shot the cashier and were caught on-camera. They all end under trial for that.
    • Turns out that mixing a drink on the fly to erase someone's memory doesn't quite work. Pietro gets mocked in-universe and
    • Speaking of wich, you can't just pinch a nerve and have someone pass out.
    • Italian's pharmacy doesn't have hollywood style silent security. They get mocked in-universe for thinking that.
    • They go against a band of smart-drugs producers without the proper equipment or a plan to deal with them. They get shot. Also, the shooting itself is what give the police a reason to come afterwards and arrest them.
    • Not having anything official to prove your bargain is a very bad idea. It's actually Pietro's very first reaction to the idea. Too bad the chance to see her girlfriend and son is too good.
    • A drastic reduction in smart-drugs selling is nice, but leaves some people wondering. And giving sa convict all kind of permissions to get in and out of jail as he pleases also gets notice. And if you also keep postponining his and his associates trials, someone puts two and two together...
    • Insulting a journalist, free-lance or not, only has her dig deeper in the story.
    • Even if they are behind the events of the two movies, Pietro and the sopox producer are two common people. When they met, they have no idea who the other is.
  • Rule of Three: In the climax, they have to put a tracker in a container of contracceptive pills. Mattia and Giorgio have to do it but, due to an unforseen change of schedule, Mattia ends up trapped in the container while Giorgio still has the GPS. Andrea scolds him telling him that the GPS was supposed to be inside and Mattia outside. Than calls Pietro, who scolds him telling him the same thing. Then Paola calls Pietro, and she scolds him the same way.
  • Sequel Hook: The closing Wham Line.
  • Shout-Out: The working title for the movie was ''Smetto Quando Voglio- Reloaded''
  • Show, Don't Tell: Played with, the old cast is once again shown in action during his re-introduction, but the new recruits are shown in unfortunate situations and so unsuccesful (Pietro distracts Giulio, so he's knocked out before he can fight, Lucio has no internet connection so his app doesn't work, and Vittorio's client doesn't want to be found innocent but reiterate her protest), but Paola lampshades it by showing to doubt the first two. While they do prove their worth later on, Pietro should have applied the same skepticism to Vittorio...
  • Take That!: Arturo remarks on the really slow times for the autorities to deal with the archaeological discovery in Rome's underground.
  • Traintop Battle: Between Pietro and the sopox producer.
  • Wham Line: The closing line
    Pietro: This fool is making nerve gas!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The dog from the previous movie is nowhere to be found, or even mentioned.
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