YMMV / G.I. Jane

  • Broken Base: Viewers can't decide if Ann Bancroft's performance is too hammy and over-the-top, or effective enough for the character she's playing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A double case of this happens in the Japanese dub, and with the same character, no less: Master Chief Urgayle, since the movie was dubbed twice there:
    • In the dubbed version for Fuji TV, he is voiced by Masashi Ebara, who, a few years later, will end voicing Might Guy, a martial arts mentor who is the complete opposite of him in every single way.
    • In the home video version, he was voiced by Akio Ohtsuka, whose most famous role, Solid Snake, was tortured many times in all the games of the series, just like he precisely does here.
  • Iron Woobie: Everyone wants Jordan to fail and she has to endure all manner of punishment. But she takes it all in stride and just keeps going.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The scene where some of the soldiers are taken prisoner - and their captors choose to torture Jordan because they know her comrades would hate the sight of a woman being attacked. A disturbingly effective tactic that could easily be applied to real life.
    • And this is usually one of the main reasons given when the subject of women in combat roles is proposed for the U.S. military. Not necessarily that women wouldn't be able to keep up, but that their presence would disrupt the normal functioning of a unit, in that male soldiers would instinctively go out of their way to protect or save their female comrades instead of performing their role.
  • Signature Scene: Jordan shaving all her hair off is easily the most iconic moment in the film.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The gender equality anvil is hammered in very hard but it's still a good lesson. Equality means equality - and giving a woman the same treatment expected of a man.
  • Values Dissonance: At one point in the film, the press tries to discredit Jordan on trumped up charges that she is a lesbian and fraternising with women. This references the army's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that existed until 2011 - which meant that gays in the military couldn't be discriminated against as long as they were closeted. If Jordan had been fraternising, she would have broken the law.
  • Values Resonance: The lesson of not giving females Positive Discrimination in the name of feminism is a lesson that's still relevant today.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was met with lukewarm reception when it was released (though it was not a Box Office Bomb - grossing a respectable $90 million worldwide) and Demi Moore won a Razzie Award for it. At the time she was still reeling from the backlash of Striptease and a badly received adaptation of The Scarlet Letter so she had developed a sizeable Hatedom. This has levelled off in recent years, and many regard this as one of the finest performances of Demi Moore's career.