YMMV / Breakfast at Tiffany's


  • Adaptation Displacement: No really, a novella, not just a movie.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Moon River", which was apparently written specifically to fit Audrey Hepburn's singing range.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Mickey Rooney's character. With yellowface makeup, silly accent, thick glasses and buck teeth (along with being a general Butt-Monkey Up to Eleven), Mr. Yunioshi is one of the most notoriously racist caricatures in American film. In Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story it is used as an example of how Asians were depicted in Hollywood and how Lee was about to provide something better. In retrospect, both producer Richard Shepherd and director Blake Edwards expressed their regret for casting Rooney. Rooney himself stated he was heart-broken over this and had never received a complaint about his portrayal.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Paul and Holly go to Tiffany's and look at jewelry, but ultimately they decide to engrave a ring from a Cracker Jack box. Instead of being offended or irritated, the jeweler gently observes the ring, then agrees to engraving it. Holly kisses him on the cheek so being so sweet.
    Jeweler: I see. Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?
    Paul: Oh, yes.
    Jeweler: That's nice to know. It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity, with the past, that sort of thing.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The protagonist's name is "Holly", not "Tiffany". "Tiffany's" is a jewelry store and the breakfast in question consists of consuming a pastry and coffee while browsing the shop window display.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "little black dress", which has become a fashion term in its own right.
  • Narm Charm: Holly's nightmare about Fred borders on this if it doesn't fall straight into the Narm category.
    Where are you, Fred? It's so cold... The snow, and...
  • Retroactive Recognition: Paul Varjak is played by George Peppard, later known as Hannibal Smith.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Mickey Rooney in Yellowface rubs many modern viewers the wrong way.
    • Also, Lula Mae's middle-aged widower of a husband marrying her when she was barely fourteen. While it's implied that it was a chaste marriage (she remarks that it was annulled ages ago), it would still be extremely difficult, if not outright impossible, to depict such a character as sympathetic today.
  • Values Resonance: This particular line of Holly's from the original novella, advocating Extreme Omnisexual behaviour, is especially daring for the time the story is set in (1943-4), but rings more true today:
    I'd settle for [Greta] Garbo anyday. Why not? A person ought to be able to marry men or women or— listen, if you came to me and said you wanted to hitch up with a Man o' War, I'd respect your feeling. No, I'm serious. Love should be allowed. I'm all for it. Now that I know what it is.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Ms. Hepburn has stated that she was terribly miscast (Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role). And yet she made it work. Mickey Rooney as a Japanese man, on the other hand...


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