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YMMV: Funny Games

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The entire film is essentially an insult to people who like to watch these kind of films.
  • Bile Fascination: People who hate the film and its arguments have spent a lot of effort to refute it.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Yes, it's a Diabolus Ex Machina, but using the remote to rewind the film was really funny.
    • Paul and "Fatty"'s banter has its moments as well. They're pretty much a boke-tsukkomi pair (with murder).
  • Cult Classic: Both the original and remake have developed followings since their theatrical releases.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The dictates of the message demand that the story end badly, so once you see where it's going, there's no reason to watch the rest.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Paul in both versions is a handsome young man.
  • Love It or Hate It: Reception of the film falls in two camps: "completely brilliant" and "utterly unwatchable". Sometimes both, but never a middle-ground. The fact that it was remade for American audiences didn't do much to help matters, and only seemed to increase Haneke's detractors' image of him as a humorless hypocrite and troll.
  • Padding: Lots of it, but in particular, a ten minute scene where we see Anne emotionally reacts to the situation and morns over the recent murder of her son.