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YMMV: Empire Records

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Mark watching tv and inexplicably watching himself show up in a Gwar music video and getting ripped apart, 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.
    • Also, it's clear that, after a moment of thinking about it, Marc realizes it's because of the special brownies.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 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".
  • Cult Classic
  • Fridge Logic: When playing on the roof, in the second verse they hand Gina the microphone again and she acts hesitant like this is the first time she is singing to a crowd. This would be pretty dramatic considering she mentioned wanting to be a singer, except for she was already singing the song solo with them in the first verse without any signs of nervousness.
    • During the first verse, she was a backup singer. For the second verse, she is asked to "take the lead", putting her in the proverbial spotlight. That's the cause of her anxiety.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The movie is rather like a story about somebody buying a buggy-whip store in 1900.
  • 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."
    • "Lucas has money! Lot's of money! Joe's money!"
  • Mondegreen: Some fans misheard "If You Want Blood" as "If you want love".
  • Retroactive Recognition: This movie is a gold mine. Bridget Jones is Gina. Arwen is Corey. Det. Lisbon is Deb. Jack Malone is Joe. Miles Colby is Rex Manning. Denise Ianello is Jane.Adam Barnes is Mark. Tim Speedle is Lucas. Jake Berkeley is A.J. .
    • Now...take a look at the poster for the movie—did it ever occur to ANYBODY at the time that the slutty-looking blonde chick on the right would not just be the most famous out of everyone there, but be a tabloid fixture AND an Oscar winner?
    • The female leads went on to do big things. Most of the male leads flamed out spectacularly.
      • Funny thing is that all of the three male leads would play in CSI: Miami,in more or less recurring role.

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