YMMV / Dead Ringers

YMMV for the Television/Radio program:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: A sketch on the radio show reveals that James Bond only sneaks into secret bases because he's a planespotter.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The phone-call sketch where the Fourth Doctor phones a man at a home goods store telling him the Daleks have an insidious plan to use light refracted off of car indicators to turn various items into new Daleks.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The sketch in which Amy Winehouse sings a parody of Rehab about wanting to get into the bathroom so that she can be sick because she's incredibly drunk. Not only because she later died of alcohol poisoning, but also because it emerged that she'd suffered with bulimia.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Fourth Doctor suspected there was something alien about the London Eye. When Doctor Who returned, the first episode involved the Nestene Consciousness using the Eye as a transmitter.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Blair in the earlier seasons, before he was portrayed as Bush's stooge.
  • Memetic Badass: Brian Perkins.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Notably avoided for the most part due to their targets usually also being BBC productions, though there were a couple of exceptions.

YMMV for the 1988 film:

  • Acting for Two: Irons plays both twins, often in seamless splitscreen.
  • Award Snub: Although he managed to claim the Best Actor prize from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), Jeremy Irons failed to receive an Oscar nomination for his dual work as Elliot and Beverly. He'd have to wait for Reversal of Fortune for his nomination (and win).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Howard Shore's theme music sounds doctorly at the same time as being heartrending.
  • Fake Nationality: English actor Jeremy Irons playing two Canadians, though it's not impossible that they could have been born in England and immigrated to Canada at a young age.
    • Given he never makes any attempt to hide his native accent, this is likely to be the case.
  • Market-Based Title: The original name of the film was Twins, but it had to be changed thanks to the Schwarzenegger/DeVito film coming out first.
  • Prop Recycling: The Mantles apparently got Orin's dentist tools for gynecology.
  • Tear Jerker: For all the Squick and Body Horror, many people find it one of the most moving of Cronenberg's films. Cronenberg talked of one film executive who said, after seeing it, "Why do I feel so ***ing sad?" Cronenberg believed that something in the film said something about the intrinsic sadness of the human condition.
  • Twincest: The interactions and dependency of the brothers seem to have this sort of subtext, especially on Elliot's end, like when he tried to initiate a threesome with Beverly and got jealous and took over when his brother needed CPR.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The effects to create two Jeremy Ironses onscreen are remarkable for the time. Especially a scene where they walk past a bunch of candles, with none seeming to change height while crossing the screen.
    • Another flawless scene shows the two Jeremy Ironses walking and talking side by side. You can see how they made the impeccable split here.