YMMV / Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The stage show is sometimes interpreted to say that Tommy and Hedwig are the same person. The movie makes this more of an Epileptic Trees type theory, but it is not impossible.
  • Colbert Bump: Neil Patrick Harris performing "Sugar Daddy" at the 2014 Tony Awards (see the link below) got the new cast recording bumped up the timetable.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Origin of Love and Midnight Radio. Also the charity tribute album Wig in a Box.
    • The Broadway production's rock 'n' roll remix of the folksy "Sugar Daddy.", performed at the Tony Awards by Neil Patrick Harris Rarely does anything so simultaneously sexy and catchy happen.
  • Ear Worm: "Six inches forward, five inches back, I've got a, I've got an angry inch."
  • Fetish Retardant: Something about Luther's seduction of Hansel is downright creepy. Maybe it's the way they're chewing the Gummi Bears...or how he lured him away with promises of candy...
  • Genius Bonus: The gummi bears are a reference to:
    • Hansel and Gretel,
    • Berlin's city symbol, the bear,
    • The German slang word "gummi", which means "condom".
      • Many references to history and philosophy ("You, Kant, Always Get What you Want," and the deleted scene with Yitzhak's drag character, Krystall Nacht, as just two examples), and little German references in the lyrics ("sweet home Uber Alles!").
  • Manly Gay / Straight Gay / Camp Gay : Hedwig's back story is that she was a gay man who had the sex change operation to escape from Communist East Germany, not really a transwoman, so she tends to have a different interpretation depending on the actor. She is also usually played by men, with the exceptions of Ally Sheedy and Lena Hall.
  • Tear Jerker: Almost every time a song involving Tommy and Hedwig in the same scene is going to be pretty emotional.
    "Love the front of me, honey!"
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: As was the case for his stint on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Darren Criss got this response from a lot of people when he was to take the role of Hedwig. The major complaints seen centered around his lack of a vocal range to suit the stage.
    • And as per Darren's usual, he was wonderful in the part.