YMMV / Bye Bye Birdie

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Conrad Birdie himself, especially in the movie; entitled celebrity Jerk Ass, or just psychotically determined to cram in as much fun as he can before he's sent off to get shot at? "Got A Lot of Livin' To Do" hints at the latter.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Everyone in the movie melting at the end of "Telephone Hour."
  • Ear Worm: "We love you Conrad, oh yes we do / We love you Conrad, and we'll be true / When you're not near us, we're blue / Oh Conrad we love you."
    • And the alt version sung by the guys: "We hate you Conrad, oh yes we do / There's no-one that we hate more than you / Your singing makes us say "P.U." / Oh Conrad, we hate you."
  • First Installment Wins: The 1981 sequel, Bring Back Birdie, only lasted 4 performances on Broadway.
  • Les Yay: There is an... interesting scene in the movie where Rosie walks into Kim's bedroom and casually undresses. Kim helps lace her into a sexy flamenco outfit and the scene culminates with Rosie kissing her on the forehead.
  • Signature Scene: The movie has Kim (Ann-Margret) singing the title song while wearing a yellow dress and strolling on a treadmill in front of a blue background.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes
  • Values Dissonance: Though Albert's mother is not a particularly sympathetic character, her casual racism towards (the Hispanic) Rosie—Played for Laughs, even—can be jarring to modern audiences. Modern scripts for the play include alternative lines that soften her dialogue a tad.
    • The 1963 movie notably avoids this. Mrs. Peterson still hates Rosie, but it's because she is upset that Rosie will take her "baby," Albert, from her. In fact, Rosie's "Hispanic-ness" is barely even mentioned.
    • The lyrics of 'How Lovely To Be A Woman' can be cringe inducing and manages to load in multiple sexist stereotypes against both genders:
      'How lovely to be a woman/and have one job to do/to pick out a boy and train him/and then when you are through/you make him the man you want him to be...'
    • As can Hugo's possessiveness of Kim, Kim's eagerness to be told what to do by what is a comparatively new boyfriend... it doesn't always sit well with the feminists.
    • Granted, one should take into account that this is a teenage girl singing this, the age group that Twilight appeals to. The song actually shows to demonstrate how much she only thinks she's a woman.
  • The Weird Al Effect: Hollins University, an all-women's college in Roanoke, VA, has the particular tradition of singing the girls' verse of "We Love You Conrad" as an expression of affection ("We love you [Hollins/seniors/insert thing to be celebrated here], oh yes we do, we love you [X], and we'll be true! When you're not with us, we're blue! Oh, [X], we love you!"). A not-insignificant portion of the student body aren't aware that it's from this musical.
    • For that matter, there's probably a not-insignificant group of people who have only heard the tune as a The Beatles fan song.