YMMV / Ladder 49

  • Funny Moments:
    • When, right after Lenny humiliates Jack yet again, Drake lights some newspaper on fire and shoves it into Lenny's bathroom stall. Hilarity Ensues.
    • The goose joke (probably Lenny's misdirected revenge for the flaming paper gag) - a live goose gets stuffed into Jack's locker. The moment he opens the door, more Hilarity Ensues.
    • While repeating the Initiation Ceremony for a new firefighter, Jack, Lenny, and the others are left speechless when he declares that he's gay. Then the new kid opens the curtain with a grin, saying, "I got you guys!" and revealing that Captain Kennedy warned him about the prank and told him how to turn it around on them.
  • Reality Ensues: Jack dying in the Grain Elevator Fire depicted in the film is the reason real fire departments will not send personnel into a building with flames shooting out like that. The single most important people to save are the firefighters, considering that it can take months to train a single fire fighter in basic fire fighting techniques, and not all of the people who sign up complete their training. Even in a department of ~1800 fire fighters, losing just one is a major blow. Not to mention losing one needlessly trying to save someone who may already be dead by the time you arrive on scene. Hollywood may depict Fire Fighters as miracle workers who can pluck anyone from a burning building and make it out seconds before the places collapses, but real Fire Fighters are a highly trained bunch that are always understaffed, exhausted, and working in one of the most dangerous professions in the world.
  • Heartwarming Moments: After the terrible Christmas Eve apartment fire, both Jack and Lenny get medals of commendation. The person presenting the medals? The girl whose life they saved.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Dennis's death, with his brother just a few feet away.
    • Tommy getting severe facial burns from a ruptured steam pipe. He survives, but is horribly disfigured and is afraid of what his son will think when he sees him.
    • Jack's death, but especially the next scene, where Linda is tending to their children as the chief and a priest pull up to the house in the red car, and the final mourning scenes begin.