YMMV / Beetlejuice

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    The Movie 
  • Anvilicious: Lydia is fascinated by death because her parents misunderstand and neglect her, but the Maitlands do nothing but reminisce about how much they enjoyed their lives, even with hassles like a Nosy Neighbor and their lack of children. In the end they find a joyous existence only by making peace with the Deetzes and becoming a second set of parents for Lydia. Death Is Dramatic only for the dead, and it sure as sunrise doesn't solve problems. Suicide Is Shameful, and even a "natural" death is a cast-iron pain in the ass.
  • Awesome Music: Aside from Danny Elfman's title theme, the use of Harry Belafonte, including "Day-O", which is also a Funny Moment.
    • "Jump in the line," used at the very end to great effect. You will be tapping your foot to the tune.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: This happens to the house at one point thanks to the Deetzes.
  • Ear Worm: The title theme by Danny Elfman; wicked-cool, but hard to forget.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: It's possible to interpret Betelgeuse/Beetlejuice as Satan himself. Besides having a name that looks similar to the Biblical "Beelzebub" (literally, "Lord of the Flies"), Beetlejuice is also given an origin story that could have come straight out of Paradise Lost: Juno, who according to this analogy would represent God (and in fact is named after the queen-goddess of Roman mythology) mentions that Beetlejuice was once her assistant but had parted ways with her because he thought he could be a better exorcist. And it's not hard to imagine that Beetlejuice's threatened marriage to Lydia would have not only made her his wife, but very possibly would also have cost her her soul.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Just who was Betelgeuse before he died?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Sylvia Sidney plays a smoking ghost with a hole in her throat which emits smoke. Sidney died from throat cancer in New York City - at the age of 88.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The film as a whole, with its humorous focus on death, was written by two screenwriters who died in their 40s.
    • Snake!Beetlejuice knocking Otho down the stairs is a little hard to watch now, knowing that his actor Glenn Shadix died of head trauma following a fall.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The original concept of Betelgeuse was a shape-shifting reptilian demon. One of the insults used against Ghost of True Capitalist is that he's a reptilian shape-shifter.
    • Just like in this film, Michael Keaton had to wear similar eye makeup in the Batman films. The hilarious part comes in Batman Returns when Batman unmasks in front of Catwoman...
    • Betelgeuse's wedding outfit is somewhat similar to The Joker's costume. Ohoho...
    • In this film Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are enemies, but a few years later they played lovers on opposite sides of the political spectrum in 1994's Speechless (which also co-starred the late Christopher Reeve, of Superman fame, as a rival to former Batman actor Keaton).
    • Lydia's reference to Delia "sleeping with Prince Valium tonight" becomes this when you consider an actual character by that name appeared in Spaceballs (and after seeing him you can understand why Delia would be rendered unconscious by spending a night with him).
  • I Am Not Shazam: Due to the two being homonyms, people make the mistake of thinking the character is named Beetlejuice as well, rather than Betelgeuse.
    • The Maitlands have difficulty summoning him at first as they are unfamiliar with astronomy and/or Arabic, pronouncing "Betelgeuse" as "Bait All Guys."
    • Additionally, despite the poster, the film credits make it clear that the title is Beetle Juice, not Beetlejuice.
  • Memetic Molester: Betelgeuse, particularly in light of his fixation on the teenage Lydia.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'm the ghost with the most, babe."
    • "Go ahead, make my millennium."
    • To a much lesser extent: "My whole life is a dark room. One. Big. Dark. Room."
  • Older Than They Think: The Cracked website may believe that the film's plot is borrowed from the Amazing Stories episode "Boo!", but both of them were actually taken from the 1937 film Topper.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Considering how many people commit suicide? "Enjoy your life while you have it!" is a damned important message.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Barbara dissuades Lydia from committing suicide by telling her that things don't get any easier after death. The aesop seems to be that an untimely death will land you in a frustrating afterlife bureaucracy.
  • Squick: Betelgeuse's fixation on Lydia. Unlike in the TV show, where they share an affectionate friendship, here the latter is clearly disgusted with the former. Her Vague Age makes him a potential pedophile to boot; at the very least, he's definitely an ephebophile.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Delia's sculptures.
    • Much of the film itself, to an extent.
  • Uncanny Valley: Most of the film's stop motion effects fall under this to a rather serious extent, though considering the themes and tone of the film, it's fitting.
  • Wangst. Lydia's suicide note is a little over-the-top.
    "I am...alone. (Scraps, starts over) I am... utterly... alone. By the time... you read this... I will be gone... having jumped (scratches out jumped) having... plummeted... off... the Winter River Bridge."
    • Lydia's whole role in the film is a deliberate invocation of this. The Maitlands (and even Betelgeuse himself) essentially talk her out of this attitude, and by the end she's a changed girl.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite the PG rating, the film is loaded with adult themes such as death and sex (bear in mind that this film came out well after the PG-13 rating was introduced). Scenes that stand out in particular include Betelgeuse visiting a whorehouse and making a Precision F-Strike - while honking his crotch, no less.

    The Animated Series 

  • Accidental Innuendo: Lydia nicknaming Beetlejuice "BJ."
  • Cargo Ship: In "Doomie's Romance," Cool Car Doomie falls in love with Mayor Maynot's adorable pink convertible, whom he names Pinky.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Without the Framing Device of the film, how exactly did Beetlejuice and Lydia meet? And what became of their friendship after the end of the series?
  • Ghost Shipping: Lydia and Beetlejuice.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Claire Brewster loses the election for class president in the episode "Running Scared," she immediately demands a recount. This became funnier in light of the 2000 Presidential Election, when a whole lot of hubbub erupted over how close the votes were in Florida, with Gore's campaign calling for a manual recount.
    • The Running Gag in "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest," in which there are repeated comments about Beej's wanted posters, may remind modern viewers of the similar gag in Tangled.
  • In-Name-Only: Due to the different premise, Lydia and Beetlejuice are friends now, and the Maitlands and Juno are nonexistent. Lydia is also younger than the movie version.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Beetlejuice himself, in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife." It's not hard to understand why most of his neighbors would be enjoying much better circumstances without him on hand to wreak havoc (and keep them humble in the process), and he does begin the episode by complaining about everything and being generally annoying. Nevertheless, you can't help but feel sorry for the guy when he feels like nobody wants him around.
  • The Scrappy: Claire Brewster for being an Alpha Bitch and always insulting Lydia and her friends.
    • Not many fans care for Beetlejuice's sickeningly sweet brother Donny, either.
    • Prince Vince, with his overly dramatic tendencies, is seen this way by a portion of the viewers as well.
  • Squick: You think Beetlejuice's crush on Lydia is creepy? At least BJ is relatively human - in the episode "Pest O' The West", Lydia gets the unwanted attentions of an anthropomorphic bull ghost who wants to marry her. Beetlejuice even sees what Lydia's future will be like if he doesn't go back to rescue her... Yikes.
    • If that wasn't bad enough, in his vision, there's little baby heifers running about all over the place. Ew...
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Neither-neither Land invokes this deliberately.
  • The Woobie: Percy the Cat in "Bewitched, Bothered, & Beetlejuiced."

    Other Media 
  • Ship Tease: The comic books hint a fair bit at gender-flipped Boy Meets Ghoul, much as the cartoon does.
    • The NES game (based on the film) has Betelgeuse outright describing Lydia as his "true love." The Game Boy game (based on the cartoon) is also full of ship tease, particularly in the many affectionate nicknames Beetlejuice has for Lydia.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Usually averted with the cartoon, as even die-hard fans of the film often find it amusing if nothing else. Fans of the cartoon usually at least get a kick out of the comic books as well. However, even those who prefer the cartoon over the film tend to agree that the spinoff novel series is pretty bad, with flat writing and very OOC behavior for the characters.

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