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Boogie, el aceitoso is a 2009 Argentine adult-orientated animated film based on the Roberto Fontanarrosa comic of the same name, directed by Gustavo Cova.

The titular Boogie "The Oily" is a private investigator, hitman and ex-Vietnam veteran in a crime-infested city, ruled over by local kingpin Boss Sonny Calabria. After a run-in with Sony's girlfriend Marcia, Boogie ends up being assigned to escort Marcia — who had turned against Calabria — to testify on a trial on the Boss. Boogie reluctantly agrees to the fee of 1 million, but soon enough he finds himself knee-deep against hordes and hordes of killers, including a vicious mercenary named Blackburn.

This was notably the first 3D animated movie made in Argentina and Latin America. And it's NOT for kids.

Boogie contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Towards the suave, cool, Private Detective badass, as well as Film Noir and Heroic Bloodshed in general. The titular hero appears as one of these, but he's anything but heroic (beating up senior citizens and not giving a single shits on civilian casualties and collateral damage) and definitely NOT cool (he burps, farts, and beats up women). Every single onscreen death is Played for Laughs, without a single dramatic moment in between, and somehow it works...
  • All for Nothing: Yeah, the lengthy, climactic chase scene? With Boogie speeding like crazy to reach the courthouse in time, getting a few thousand cops pursuing him in the process? It doesn't mean jack, because after delivering Marcia right on time to testify against Sony Calabria, turns out Calabria had stationed a few dozen mooks in the courthouse to prevent the testimonial from happening, and as soon as Marcia testifies, cue all the mooks firing their guns in every direction to massacre everybody in the courthouse. At which point Boogie, who's still nearby, decides to settle things the only way he knows how — Guns Akimbo!
  • An Arm and a Leg: Most of Blackburns' onscreen kills end up losing limbs, with a geyser of blood accompanying, since Blackburn loves using knives for killing.
  • Anti-Hero: Boogie, the private investigator and hitman, who swears, slaps women around, doesn't bat an eye at civilian casualties or Collateral Damage, shoots his own nanny for annoying him, blows up his ex-girlfriend for (rightfully) dumping him, shoots policemen whom were doing their jobs, beats up senior citizens without a single care, and... wait a minute, he's supposed to be the good guy?
  • Arch-Enemy: Boogie and Blackburn hates each other's guts, and the entire film is a massive buildup to their final confrontation.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Boogie on the above poster. In the film itself, he's depicted in this manner after the hotel shootout and a war flashback, while his immediate rival, Blackburn, had another during the Death Montage.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Boogie and Marcia in the final courtroom shootout.
  • Bad Date: The flashback date between Boogie and his ex, Sonya. It begins with Boogie denying to lend Sonya his lighter for a smoke, leading to Boogie hurling his lighter into her eye, and then Sonya leaves in a huff... only to be blown up by Boogie for shits and giggles.
  • Black Comedy: All over the place. Beating up senior citizens? Tricking a kid to ring the doorbell of a mobster's den and getting shredded by bullets into process? A little girl getting blown up by Tinkerbell wielding a Grenade Launcher? All Played for Laughs.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Compared to the original comic (which is in black and white) at least. The gore in this animated adaptation isn't measured in buckets, it's measured in entire silos.
  • Blood Knight: Boogie and Blackburn both loves bloodshed a bit too much. Especially the former.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Boogie's guns never seem to run out of ammo. Except for dramatic reasons, that is.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The film's final scene, where Boogie, having the time of his life in an unspecified South American warzone, points his M16 at the audience:
    Boogie: There's some for you too! [Smash to Black]
  • Brick Joke: The film's opening scene had Boogie scamming a young black boy to ring the doorbell of a mobster's den, getting the boy killed (hilariously) in the process. In a later scene in Marcia's apartment when Boogie gobbles up leftover food from Marcia's fridge, the boy can be briefly seen as a Face on a Milk Carton.
  • Car Bomb: The fate of Sonya, Boogie's ex-girlfriend, in a trap activated by Boogie himself. Why? She dumped him, that's why. Have we mentioned Boogie is a lover of the Disproportionate Retribution trope? (well, not yet anyway, but see a few more lines below)
  • David Versus Goliath: Inverted example, but our "hero" (cough) is the huge, imposing, oversized Boogie, with the main villain being the smaller, faster and much more nimble Blackburn. Their fights in fact mostly revolves around Blackburn zipping all over the place around Boogie, while Boogie tries to catch Blackburn to take him down.
  • Desecrating the Dead: In their final fight, Boogie, pissed off that Blackburn had accidentally impaled his own head with those knives, then empties both pistols into Blackburn's head.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: In the hotel fight, as Blackburn takes cover behind a couch, Boogie then utterly destroys said couch by emptying his dual pistols into it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Delivered by the titular asshole, erm, hero, throughout. Annoying him? Talking at the wrong time? They are lucky to be alive after Boogie is done with them...
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Most cops are shown eating donuts whenever they're onscreen and NOT engaging in shootouts. Including the two cops that ticked off the ending Hot Pursuit scene summoning backup when Boogie sped past them (the momentum knocking their donut boxes off their hands).
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Early in the film, a young black boy begs Boogie for ten bucks, saying he needs the money to buy textbooks for an education so he doesn't grow up in the slums. Boogie says he'll give the kid thirty for a simple task — ringing the doorbell of a mobster's hideout. Cue the kid getting gunned to shreds upon touching the door, while Boogie simply gloats at his death — "sucker!"
    • Blackburn had one of these himself, a Death Montage where he slices and dices his way through a rival gang, and gloating all the way.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Marcia asks Boogie if there was an important woman in his life, he replies, "Besides my mother?" It could indicate that his mother is one of the few people he appreciates
  • Excuse Plot: Yeah, there's a plot somewhere in this movie, but it's buried in a landslide made of blood, guts, gore, dead bodies, explosions and bullets.
  • Eye Scream:
    • During a scene in a bar, a punk who ticks off Boogie the wrong way gets punted halfway across the bar by Boogie, before landing on a lady patron. The punk's eye then pops out and lands on the terrified lady's bossom. Cue the lady screaming.
    • In Boogie's flashback around his date with his ex-girlfriend Sonya, she tried asking him for his lighter. Boogie responds by throwing the lighter into Sonya's face, right into the eye socket, which made Sonya decide Boogie is NOT worth it. Followed by Sonya leaving with her eye swollen.
  • Facial Horror:
    • Blackburn loves dishing out these, since his preferred weapon is his pair of wicked-looking curved blades which he uses to carve his victims' faces apart in graphic detail.
    • Suffered by Blackburn during his first fight against Boogie, when Boogie rips open Blackburn's face using Marcia's dropped heels. Resulting in the assassin getting a scary-looking Glasgow Grin for the second half of his screentime.
  • Gorn: Loads and loads of animated gorn, from beginning to end. Let's just say, this cartoon managed to cram what appears to be two-hundred onscreen deaths within the span of ninety minutes, each gorier than the next. And it's glorious.
  • Guns Akimbo: Boogie favours using double guns in most of his shootouts, including the hotel and the courthouse.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Blackburn's intro, he's slicing apart his victims like crazy, a few of them which gets separated from the waist. With loads and loads of gore, as always.
  • He Knows Too Much: Boogie himself name-drops this line after shooting Auntie Sue, his own nanny, for revealing to Marcia that Boogie is a naughty 8-year-old. Have we mentioned this hero is a dick?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The final fight between Blackburn and Boogie, where Blackburn tries using his Razor Floss to tie up Boogie, only to entangle himself instead once Boogie throws Blackburn into the direction of the strings. A moment later Blackburn gets his own knife into his temple.
  • Hot Pursuit: Exaggerated in the final chase where Boogie is racing across the streets to reach the courthouse within 5 minutes, so that Marcia can testify against Sony Calabria. But with Boogie speeding like crazy along the way, he soon ends up being pursued by what appears to be a few hundred cop cars (the film shows audiences a fifteen-second stream of police vehicles) accompanied by five or six choppers, many which Boogie blows up and crashes in the process.
  • Karma Houdini: Boogie, despite the amount of collateral damage he caused and himself being a mass-murdering, misogynistic dick who beats up senior citizens For the Lulz, ends the movie without a single punishment. He even gets the girl at the end of the film!
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the hotel fight as Blackburn tosses Marcia aside to deal with Boogie, Marcia ends up dropping one of her heels in the process. Boogie managed to grab that heel and use it as a weapon against Blackburn.
  • Match Cut: Boogie getting his injuries stitched up by Marcia, which is intercut with Blackburn, himself barely surviving a fight against Boogie only to have his cheek ripped open in the process, stitching his own wounds.
  • Never Found the Body: Blackburn, after the hotel fight where he's last seen in an exploding room after Boogie dropped a grenade on him. Yes, No One Should Survive That!, but Blackburn did (somehow) with the only injuries being his face getting ripped open during the brawl.
  • Outrun the Fireball: The hotel fight against Blackburn ends with Boogie and Marcia leaping out of an explosion — from a grenade dropped by Boogie, no less.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Boogie usually hauls Marcia behind him in this manner. Whether she wants it or not.
  • Professional Killer: Boogie and Blackburn, both of them capable of taking plenty of names throughout the film.
  • Red Baron: Boogie "the Oily".
  • Mister Big: Sony Calabria the kingpin, who is also the Greater-Scope Villain of the picture... barely stood up to most of the other characters' waistlines. And yet he spends the entire film barking orders and bossing his mooks around.
  • Mushroom Samba: Boogie had this hallucination after being administered a syringe of sedatives by Marcia, where he's suddenly in the Vietnam War again, entering a Disneyland Parody called "War Land" (complete with a Tinkerbell Expy wielding a grenade launcher), where he gets to ride a Splash Mountain parody (with blood!), shoot up a carnival with an M16, massacre some mascots, with explosions going off everywhere he goes... and then he wakes up.
  • Offing the Annoyance: NEVER annoy Boogie.
    • When Auntie Sue reminds Boogie in front of Marcia that he's a naughty boy as a kid, Boogie blows her face off..
    • An anti-cancer activist tries to talk Boogie out of smoking. Boogie's not interested, and once she flicks three ciggies out of Boogie's face, our "hero" (cough) then shoves his revolver down her throat, saying maybe she's interested in this instead. Cue an offscreen gunshot...
  • Psycho Knife Nut: Blackburn favors using curved knives as his favoured weapons, which he keeps concealed underneath his sleeves. He can even launch these knives while attached on Razor Floss on bracelets, turning them into an instant Blade on a Rope.
  • Race Against the Clock: The final scene where Boogie must deliver Marcia to court, in order for her to testify against the kingpin Sony Calabria, all within five minutes. Cue Boogie driving like a madman attracting what appears to be a few hundred police cars in pursuit.
  • Shoe Slap:
    • The first fight against Blackburn had Boogie losing... until he picked up Marcia's dropped heels. He then uses the back of the heel to rip out Blackburns' cheek, in graphic detail.
    • Receives a Call-Back in the form of a Brick Joke, as in the finale Marcia offs Sony Calabria... by whacking him to death using the same heel.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Boogie in every scene, who is meant as a deconstruction of the "cool, suave, private investigator" archetype. According to him, he smokes ten packets a day.
  • Take That!: The entire scene under Mushroom Samba is a thinly-disguised slap directed at Disney Theme Parks in general. It has a grenade-launching Tinkerbell blowing up children before releasing fireworks that reads "War Land". And the Disney Castle knockoff turns into missiles.
  • There Is No Kill like Overkill: Most of the onscreen kills delivered by Boogie and Blackburn would have killed a normal person many, many times over.
  • Toilet Humor: When Marcia's mother meets Boogie.
    Marcia's mom: Hi, Boogie...
    Boogie: (lets out a HUGE fart at mom's direction, without even making eye contact)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Marcia in the final shootout, once she gets a dropped gun. From a Damsel in Distress for most of the film? Suddenly she's taking names and performing executions, killing mobsters and policemen alike, culminating in her beating Sony Calabria to death with her heels.
  • The Vietnam Vet: Boogie used to fight in The Vietnam War, if the opening narration and flashback sequences are any indication. Unlike most examples though, he ends up becoming a crazed Blood Knight.
  • Villain Protagonist: By reading up to this point, you would've probably realized Boogie is NOT a nice guy. At all.
  • Would Harm a Senior: Boogie happily shoots his nanny Auntie Sue in the face for talking about his childhood behaviour in front of Marcia, and later during a diner scene shoves his fist into an old man's face (ripping out dentures embedded in Boogie's fists) because... the old man refused to pass the salt.
  • Your Head Asplode: Most of the Boom, Headshot! moments in this movie results in the victim's entire heads getting vapourized, regardless of the distance, and it's awesome. See Auntie Sue for reference (although in this case, she's only a few feet away from Boogie's gun)