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YMMV: In Bruges
  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Jimmy, the dwarf actor, believes in an upcoming race war (although he later claims that was the cocaine talking).
    Ken: You from the States?
    Jimmy: Yeah. But don't hold it against me.
    Ken: I'll try not to. Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.
    • Played with in that case, though, as the "American" Ray freaks out on for being a "typical" American was actually Canadian.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: So Ray's experiencing Coitus Interruptus because of Chloe's ex, Eirik, attempting to rob him at gunpoint. After disarming him, he's told the gun held only blanks, and Eirik's now pulled out a real knife. What's Ray to do? Answer: wait for Eirik to get closer then shoot the blank in front of his eyes, effectively blinding him.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "Well I can't shoot you now, can I?" Of course, it goes to hell soon after that.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "On Raglan Road" performed by The Dubliners.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The "Race War" dialogue drew this reaction from some critics. Most were still highly praising of the rest of the film. In-story, almost everyone else in that scene was uniformly disgusted, especially Ken. Jimmy himself later blames it on cocaine, a drug that can quite easily turn nice guys into arrogant arseholes.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Word of God confirms it: Harry and Ray are (not literally) in purgatory, awaiting their judgement and deciding between good and evil.
    • "Maybe that's what Hell is, an entire eternity spent in fucking Bruges."
  • Fridge Brilliance: The (quite racist) discussion on a "race war" between all the world's blacks and all the world's whites could very well be symbolic for the fight between heaven and hell - a central theme in the film. Ray casually asking where the Vietnamese fit in could, in turn, be a comment on purgatory — the in-between place. And Ray commenting that it would be quite a sight to see could refer to the Hieronymus Bosch painting.
    • Ken's lie about Ray stating "I know I'm awake, but it feels like I'm in a dream." It can be applied to the climax: the movie Jimmy was filming depicts a dream sequence as stated by Chloe; the wounded Ray runs through people dressed like the creatures in Bosch's painting of purgatory that was discussed earlier in the film; Harry shoots who he thinks is a child, then kills himself.
    • Another interesting one about the finale: Chloe mentions that Jimmy's film is a pastiche of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, in which Donald Sutherland's character is killed when the person he thinks is a child (his daughter who drowns at the start of the film) turns out to be a murderous dwarf, wearing a similar coat. In In Bruges, Harry dies when he shoots Jimmy, a dwarf who he also thinks is a child dressed in a similar uniform to the boy Ray killed — and who is playing a murderous dwarf who actually does turn out to be a child. On a more general level, both movies are also about people traveling in a foreign city trying to deal with grief and guilt.
  • Fridge Logic: Harry is using "dum-dum" bullets — either hollow point or soft point bullets — when he shoots Ray. But they would expand when they hit Ray, and would be far less energetic when they strike Jimmy.
  • He Really Can Act: Colin Farrell. So notable that it won him a (very unexpected) Golden Globe for Best Actor.
  • Tear Jerker

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