YMMV: Leaving Las Vegas


  • He Really Can Act: Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue give amazing performances in this film. Cage won the Best Actor Oscar while Shue was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. They each also won (or were runners-up for) the lion's share of major film critics awards, most notably including New York, Los Angeles, and the National Society.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yuri, definitely. Ben, maybe.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The frat boys don't just gang-rape Sera, they videotape it to commemorate the moment.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sera's gang-rape.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Alcoholism and prostitution are bad.
  • Tear Jerker: The last fifteen minutes of this film are harrowing.
  • The Woobie: Ben and Sera.