YMMV: Love Story

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Say it with me, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: So many have lampooned the implications of the film's most famous line.
    • Parodied in What's Up, Doc?. Barbra Streisand's character coos "Love means never having to say you're sorry" while batting her eyelashes. Ryan O'Neal (played Oliver in Love Story) responds, "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard."
  • Glurge: Most of the movie, really, but especially the (in)famous line from the film used as the page quote.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Not long after this film's release came the first strip of Love Is..., which read: "Love Is...being able to say you are sorry."
  • Narm: Once again, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
  • Sequelitis: Oliver's Story. Neither the book or movie are well received by critics or fans.
  • Tear Jerker: One of the most classic film examples.
    • At the end of Oliver's Story, he acknowledges that despite having ostensibly finally moved on with his life, he'll never truly be happy without Jenny.
  • Values Dissonance: When Jenny is first discovered to be sick, the doctor tells her husband, who decides that neither he nor the doctor are going to tell her. She finds out later anyways of course, but nobody ever calls Oliver or the doctor on concealing her condition from her.
    • Or her doctor for violating patient confidentiality.
    • For that matter, when Oliver resigns himself to asking his father for money for treatment, he prefers to let the older man think he got some other girl in trouble and needs it for a supposed abortion, rather than admit the truth about Jenny's illness.