YMMV / Four Brothers

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most modern-day viewers probably are more familiar with this film than the Western it was loosely remaking, The Sons of Katie Elder.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The four brothers, most specifically Bobby and Angel. Were they simply the result of traumatic childhoods and then living on the streets as thugs (including their mother's death)? Or are they really Not So Different from the antagonists? This can be justified by the fact that they all lead a life of crime and that killing is as normal as breathing for them.
  • Fridge Logic: The bar where Fowler shot Lt. Green is full of people. One of them should have been able to see them get in a disagreement and then heard the gun shots afterward. The biggest problem is that Lt. Green walked up to his police car to leave and Fowler shot him right next to it so shouldn't there be a security feed of him killing his own partner?
    • It's mentioned the bar is one of Sweet's places.
    • Why didn't Fowler try to destroy the security tape and police report of him meeting with Evelyn Mercer? He wouldn't have been found out otherwise.
      • He specifically mentions that he forgot about the newly installed surveillance cameras.
  • Jerkass Woobie: All of the Mercer brothers have had pretty tough lives, but it can be inferred that these guys were only kind to their mother.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sofia Vergara pre-Modern Family.
  • Tear Jerker: Hard-boiled Bobby crying alone in the bathroom after seeing his mother's room.
    • Jack's death. At first, he's only shot in the chest, but as he's trying to get away a Mook shoots him again. It's not clear how many times. Still, he falls to the ground screaming in pain and for his brothers, Bobby in particular, and you can hear him over the gunfire. The entire fight becomes a desperate attempt to get to him, only for Jack to die minutes later. Everyone breaks down. To drive the point home, after Jack's funeral Bobby looks up at the pictures on the wall, Jack's picture has a bullet hole through it.
    • Not to mention the boys watching the tape the store owner had of the thugs shooting their mother. It's so bad that Angel turns away before the actual shooting and they all can't help crying during her final moments.
  • The Woobie: Jack is much more this trope than his brothers. He is not impulsive nor malicious, just seems to follow the steps of his brothers, and is likely to have been a good person if it were not for his childhood or life on the street. In addition, he is much more calm and sensitive than his older brothers, and it's implied that Jack had experienced a very traumatic childhood before Evelyn adopted him. And even worse, the discussions between his brothers often seem to make him uncomfortable. He's also constantly mocked in some deleted scenes. Not to mention that he's the only character in the main cast who suffers a tragic death.