YMMV / Con Air

  • Idiot Plot: The only reason Poe is aboard this flight is because he was sentenced to ten years in prison for having killed a violent drunk out of self-defense; specifically, the defense of his pregnant wife. In any court of law, such an act would not be considered an act of murder.
    • The victim's friends took the knife he pulled. Then it just seemed like a regular drunken bar fight.
    • Even if they got rid of the knife, there's the fact that the wife herself could testify in his defense, given that she saw several men ganging up on him. Also, the victim wouldn't need a knife to justify Poe's self-defense; any kind of extreme physical aggression can be considered a life-threatening action in many states.
  • Memetic Mutation: The movie is rather memetic just for existing and being a really cheesy movie.
    • "Put the bunny back in the box!"
    • Why couldn't you put the bunny back in the box?
    • Make a move and the bunny gets it!
  • Retroactive Recognition: Pinball is played by none other than Dave Chappelle.
  • Rooting For The Cons: While the bad guys - Cyrus especially - are dangerous criminals, there's a moment or two where the audience can't help but cheer for the bad guys. Specifically when they set up a spirited (and humorous) defense of the airfield and when it turns out their financial backer Cindino was going to double-cross them. It helps that even among the cons they despise the likes of rapist Johnny 23, and fear the likes of Garland who by the movie's end seems to have willingly given up the evil lifestyle.
  • The Scrappy: Good luck finding anyone who doesn't want the head of the biased, Artistic License – Law-invoking judge responsible for Poe's blatantly unfair sentence, on a platter.
  • So Bad, It's Good
    • Narm Charm: It's as dumb as the day is long, but everyone's performances (especially Malkovich and Cage) and the way that this is a stupid action movie from seasoned experts in making stupid action movies gives it a certain charm. Nicolas Cage's accent is particularly bad-good ("bunneh").
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Mexican Spanish dub (including VERY pupular VA's like Salvador Delgado as Poe, Benjamín Rivera as Baby-O, the late Jesús Barrero as Vince and Humberto Solórzano as Cyrus) is a textbook example of how a very good dub can turn a very cheesy movie into something worth watching, since most of the voice cast are well known veterans in voice acting there.
  • Vindicated by History: Or at least among a small circle. Several people only watched the film due to it being a fundamental part of the plot in Homestuck.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Again, more or less courtesy of its use in Homestuck.
    • In Mexico, it's basically watch it for the dub.