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.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Carry On Camping, for the scene when Barbara Windsor's bikini top snapped off. It's probably the reason why this was the movie that made the most money.
  • 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.
  • Creator's Pet: After the positive fan reception the Carry On producers had about Sid James, he became the gimmick that drew the audience in movie after movie.
  • 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.
    • The television series Carry On Laughing! is often overlooked.
    • The Norman Hudis era is often ignored — at least, the movies that didn't have the majority of the recognisable cast from the mid-1960s (aka Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor, Peter Butterworth...)
      • Also, the movies outside of this era that didn't have many of the cast (Carry On Jack, Carry On Spying, Carry On Cruising).
  • 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.
  • He Really Can Act: Jim Dale, who was formally a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.
  • Just Here for Godzilla
    • For the bikini-snapping scene (Carry On Camping)
    • For the dinner scene (Carry On... Up the Khyber)
    • For the shower scene (Carry On Constable)
  • Love to Hate: Practically all the actors, whether they were the heroes or the villains. Especially Sid James.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sid James, and sometimes Kenneth Williams.
  • 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 (roughly) 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)
  • Squick: Whenever Sid James (or any other older man) becomes fixated on a teenage girl.
  • Star-Making Role: Arguably, for everyone. Although the majority of the actors had been successful in the theatre, radio, stand-up comedy and television, the biggest reason that they are still remembered to the present day is because the Carry On films have survived through pop culture better than their other work. Although, specifically:
    • Jim Dale. Before becoming an actor, he was a singer with mediocre popularity, but that increased when he made a cameo on Carry On Cabby, followed by regular appearances as main characters throughout the rest of the 1960s. Arguably, without the Carry On films, Dale probably wouldn't've had a successful career in the United States like he did.
    • Juliet Mills — the wife of Maxwell Caufield and the sister of Hayley Mills. She may have appeared in one movie in the series, but she stated in an interview in 2015 that she got better acting opportunities after appearing in Carry On Jack.
    • Barbara Windsor, who was already known in the media as the woman that married a gangster, got a very big positive reception after appearing in the series (despite her scandalous affair with Sid James in the early-1970s).
  • Values Dissonance: Not surprising — seeming how this was a movie series that spread through mid-20th century Britain.
    • The treatment of women.
      • Hattie Jacques and Patsy Rowland often want to get married for the sake of being married.
      • Peter in Carry On Camping struggles to have meaningful conversations with his wife, and only manages to a get a word in after he rapes her when he's drunk. Other male characters in the series do this as well.
      • Terry Scott in Carry On Matron trying to rape the disguised Cecil, who repeatedly refuses to date him. It's Played for Laughs, as if Cecil was actually a female, but was a typical joke that comedies used at the time.
    • Adult men trying to win over teenage girls, although it's hard to tell because there is a lot of Dawson Casting in the series (since Sid James was in his fifties at the time, and was focused on thirty-something women pretending to be sixteen).