YMMV / Last Action Hero

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: When transported into the movie world, Danny's casual glee could be a coping mechanism to keep him from freaking out and his knowledge as a movie buff helps keep him alive.
  • Awesome Music: Parking Lot from the video game.
  • Cult Classic: It was roasted by critics and ignored by audiences (who were still flocking to Jurassic Park) upon release, but earned a fandom in the following years.
  • Genius Bonus: The names of the bad guys are references to classical music composers. And the soundtrack is partly made up of modified classical music. Parodied in that classical music doesn't even exist in the Slater-verse.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • It's the only role where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver appear together, and it will certainly be the last. The scene that had Maria arguing with Arnold is even more uncomfortable.
    • That and his character Jack Slater's backstory involving being divorced by his ex-wife.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Slater's interaction with Schwarzenegger still works now that he is governor.
    • It gets worse/better - while the projectionist is listing things that are worse than being a fictional character, along with floods and wars, he mentions politicians. Twice.
    • Also, Last Action Hero did a lot of what TV Tropes does today—years before there was TV Tropes. This website actually makes the movie a lot more hilarious than it was before.
    • "When the governor gets here, call me."
    • A climactic scene ends with a bomb exploding in a tar pit surrounded by dinosaur models. Last Action Hero itself wound up bombing due to the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. Twenty-two years later another Arnold Schwarzenegger film will bomb against another Jurassic sequel.
    • When Slater reminisces on how depressing his life outside of his movies is, he says, "Danny, do you think I would marry someone so stupid that doesn't know my real voice from a taped one?" In True Lies, Schwarzenegger's character Harry Tasker does a tape recording to fool his wife.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Benedict quickly notices that the Real World is rather short on card-carrying action movie villains such as himself — and forces to oppose him properly. In his own Reality Ensues scene, he kills a man at night in the middle of a run-down neighborhood and is surprised that neither Slater nor police show up to prevent it, nor do bystanders even care — thus proving to him that he can do a lot more damage and gather a lot more wealth and power than he did in the movies.
  • Narm Charm:
    • DA BED GUYS AH IN DEAH!?!
    • Nao, NO MORE MOOFIES!!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Benedict's glass eyes and him changing them on screen; any little kid who went to see the film was probably terrified for years afterwards.
    • Benedict's plan to recruit all those movie villains from his speech. Just imagine if he'd gotten ahold of them...
  • Older Than They Think: Believe it or not, the film's plot is taken from the Amazing Stories episode, "Welcome to My Nightmare".
  • One-Scene Wonder: Death, played by Sir Ian McKellen near the climax.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Although the film itself is a pretty interesting Deconstruction of action films, the developers of the tie-in game decided to play everything very straight.
    • Averted for the pinball, which is well-regarded for its deep rules, great music, and nonstop action.
  • Retroactive Recognition: At the time Last Action Hero was made, Charles Dance (Mr. Benedict) was most well known for serious drama films, and he had an extremely limited presence in genre films. (in fact the novelization of the film, based on an earlier script, seems to indicate they were planning to cast William Atherton from Die Hard and Ghostbusters instead). Nowadays, after the runaway success of Game of Thrones and Dance's memorable role as Tywin Lannister, he's a lot more recognizable to a mainstream audience viewing this film.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The launcher that rockets the cop car in the air during the house explosion is clearly visible, as it falls to the ground.
    • Jack Slater's game of chicken in the real world also has a rather visible tow cable laying across the alley floor.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This is the nearest we'll ever get to a live action McBain movie.
    • "Magic ticket my ass, McBain!"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Even those who love the movie acknowledge that it has a kick-ass premise, but the execution falls somewhat short.
    • It's likely a lot more could have been done had it been done later, considering advances in special effects, but also the fact that people have gotten used to longer movies and they wouldn't have to cram a dense parody of an entire genre into as little time.
    • If the movie had allowed Benedict more time, imagine what a cool plot it could have been if he'd actually recruited all those villains he mentioned in his Just Between You and Me speech.
    • It also works In-Universe: The movie is clearly going somewhere, but the story gets derailed once Danny comes in.
    • Another major issue is that the Jack Slater series makes no sense as an in-universe action series, with one film having a crushing Downer Ending where Slater's son is killed, and another being just as farcical as the parody itself with the explosive flatulence plot.
      • This is perhaps only equatable to say, the Bond movies, where Bond's wife dies shot in the head at the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and this is given only the occasional nod in the subsequent entries but never even directly acknowledged in said film's immediate follow-up. Slater is, after all, stuck with the whim of the writers, and in the 'real world' there could have been a change of writers or a writer's strike and so on, or it could have been like Batman Forever, which was made distinctly lighter due to the slightly poor response to the tone of its predecessor, which made money but was very, very dark.
    • In-Universe, the idea that in Jack Slater IV, Slater is avenging the death of his second cousin Frank comes off as very ridiculous. The idea was that having gone through so many epic, personal conflicts with super-villains during the first three films and having lost his son in the previous movie to the Ripper, Slater was left to battle some organized crime factions due to the death of a very minor character. This would also allow Danny, once he comes into the movie world, to start listing the flaws of the Jack Slater films, as well as how they were running out of good ideas.
  • Vindicated by History: When the film was released, it was panned by critics and was a box office flop. But in the years since then, opinions of the film have softened somewhat. Many people now regard it as an enjoyable parody of action movies from the 1980s and 1990s, and it has even managed to achieve Cult Classic status.
  • What an Idiot: Invoked in the movie by The Grim Reaper, who remarks that Danny's an idiot for not looking for the other half of the ticket. Face Palm.
  • Woolseyism: Done brilliantly in the German and French versions, where he calls himself "Arnold Beckenbauer". Google it if you don't know the name; any- and everyone in Germany- wait, in the world does.

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