YMMV / Carry On

NOTE: This page contains YMMV for the British film series.

  • Accidental Aesop: This, along with True Art Is Angsty, is the reason why many critics have began to show interest in the series again, when they hadn't shown much when it was popular.
  • Acceptable Political Targets: In the writers' eyes, the left-wing labour supporters, which is why Carry On at Your Convenience made the trade union leader the villain.
    • This joke from Carry On Henry that furthers the point:
      Lord Hampton of Wick: Your Majesty! The Queen is in labour!
      Henry VIII: [scoffs] Don't you worry. They'll never get in again.
  • Broken Base: Fans and critics argue over which film was the best in the series. Either way, it's always widdled between Carry On Camping, Carry On Cleo and Carry On... Up the Khyber.
  • Fanon Discontinuity
    • At Your Convenience caused controversy when it was released (to the point in which the film took six years to regain its budget from the box office), and some stopped caring about the series after the movie.
    • The Talbot Rothwell era ended in 1974 (the last film he wrote being Carry On Dick) when he retired due to health reasons, which was the point that many began to hate the films after his departure (see Sequelitis).
    • Carry On Columbus was poorly-received by most of the fanbase when the series decided to make a return in the early 1990s. Even many of the regulars that were alive at the time openly criticized it — many of them refusing to appear — and Jon Pertwee (who made cameos in the series a couple of times) was disappointed to find out that he was in the movie (he thought it was the Christopher Columbus movie from Ridley Scott). It's probably why the film's not included on the series' anniversary film boxsets.
  • Ho Yay: There was a fair bit of this in the films. In the mid-60s onwards, this was more common. Surprisingly, only a few of these moments happened between the two well-known closeted gay actors Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Williams.
    • Those times when a character in drag falls in love with a colleague of the sex that they're pretending to be. Carry On Jack had Albert fall for Sally (in disguise as him), and Carry On Matron had Cyril (in disguise as a student nurse) and Susan. Both couples were caught kissing by other characters, who reacted in confusion. Kenneth Williams' characters also had the habit for falling for (obviously) disguised men in drag.
    • The infamous scene in Carry On Matron when Kenneth Williams sprays a foam fire extinguisher on Charles Hawtrey.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Jim Dale.
  • Love to Hate: Practically all the actors, whether they were the heroes or the villains. Especially Sid James.
  • My Real Daddy: Despite director Gerald Thomas, producer Peter Rogers and a number of performers working on the series throughout its history, many fans agree that Talbot Rothwell's scripts were the catalysts that really held the series together. Case in point — the early, Norman Hudis-scripted films are generally regarded as So Okay They're Average, while the latter films made without Rothwell's involvement are considered to be really, really bad.
  • Older Than They Think: In the 1960s the British were basically doing the same sort of suggestive humor that the Japanese do in modern day manga and anime.
  • Sequelitis: Even the fans of the series claim that Carry On Behind is where the franchise began to fall apart completely.
  • Signature Scene
    • The drunken antics of the hotel guests after about five guests spike the punch. (Carry On Abroad)
    • The dinner scene in the Ruff-Diamonds' mansion in which the Indian natives fired bombs and shot at the building while the guests ignored the debris falling down around them. (Carry On... Up the Khyber)
    • Barbara Windsor's bikini top flying off and hitting Kenneth Williams in the face. (Carry On Camping)