YMMV / Funny Games

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The entire film is essentially an insult to people who like to watch these kind of films.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Paul taking the remote and rewinding the movie itself after Peter gets killed. Paul does break the fourth wall a few times before, but it still comes completely out of nowhere and makes no sense in an otherwise realistic movie.
  • 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.
  • Narm: The film's opening features the family pleasantly driving to their lake house smiling and laughing...with loud death metal music in the background. It's probably supposed to convey...something, but it just ends up looking ridiculous.
  • Padding: Lots of it, but in particular, a ten minute scene where we see Anne emotionally reacts to the situation and mourns over the recent murder of her son.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Those nice, seemingly harmless young men who have just come over asking to borrow some eggs? They're a pair of sadistic serial killers who intend to Mind Rape you and your whole family before killing you. They Look Just Like Everyone Else indeed.
  • Villain Sue: Peter and Paul. They're always prepared for everything the family tries to defeat them with, and can even rewind the movie itself when one of them gets killed.


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