YMMV / Empire Records


  • Awesome Music: A lot. "Sugar High" at the end, along with "Money (That's What I Want)", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Hey Joe", "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", "Here it Comes Again", and "Say No More, Mon Amour".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Mark watching TV and inexplicably watching himself show up in a Gwar music video and getting ripped apart by the hungry drum set, while his reaction ranges between horrified and ecstatic. It makes more sense considering he's eating Eddie's "special brownies" while watching a Gwar video, plus it's clear that, after a moment of thinking about it, Marc realizes it's because of the special brownies. Plus plus, it's Gwar.
  • Critical Dissonance: The movie was universally loathed by critics but adored by people who grew up in the '90s, earning a 6.7 out of 10 on IMDb and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The movie is rather like a story about somebody buying a buggy-whip store in 1900. Lampshaded in the movie itself, as independently-owned record stores were dying out by the early Nineties. Ironically, most of the big chain stores mocked in this movie died out faster due to online retail and music streaming services. A small store like Empire Records in the right community could still be thriving.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Considering the movie's reviews were abysmal and only made about $300,000 at the box office, it likely would have completely disappeared if not for its soundtrack.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • DAMN THE MAN, SAVE THE EMPIRE!
    • "Not today, not on Rex Manning Day!"
    • "Empire Records, open till midnight ... MIDNIGHT!"
    • "I don't feel the need to explain my art to you."
    • "MY NAME ISN'T FUCKING WARREN!"
    • "Lucas has money! Lot's of money! Joe's money!"
  • Mondegreen: Some fans misheard "If You Want Blood" as "If you want love".
  • Narm: "I'LL BE BACK AND YOU'LL BE SORRY!!"
  • Retroactive Recognition:

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