YMMV / Ocean's Eleven

  • Ear Worm: So much of the Ocean's Eleven soundtrack qualifies as this. Everyone on the DVD commentary mentions how the music flows seamlessly into and out of the scenes, and Andy Garcia mentions how some of it reminds him of the old Tijuana Brass songs. Special mention goes to Pickpockets, $160 Million Chinese Man, Claire De Lune, and Elvis Presley's A Little Less Conversation, the last of which was saved from obscurity, remixed for the movie, and became a radio hit.
    • Ocean's Twelve's infamous laser dance scene is accompanied by La Caution's Thé à la Menthe. Good luck getting that out of your head.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Most of the cast.
  • First Installment Wins: It's almost unanimously agreed upon that Ocean's Eleven is superior to Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.
  • Genius Bonus: Some of the fake-outs in the climax of Eleven have even more of an effect if you've seen the original Sinatra movie first. Specifically, the oldest member of the crew seeming to up and die without much warning (as Richard Conte's character did in the original)...and ultimately, the money supposedly being burned to a crisp (like the Twist Ending of the original). Alas, if you've seen this movie first, this might result in your expecting similar fake-outs in the original...which don't happen.
    • Ocean's Twelve opens with Rusty leaving Isabel when he realizes that his cover is going to be blown. It's accompanied by Ornella Vanoni's version of "L'Appuntamento." At first glance, it's a way to establish the movie's European setting and easygoing tone. But if you're familiar with the song - or speak Italian - you know it's about a bitter woman placing her romantic hopes in a new man, despite her doubts due to previous bad experiences with relationships. Three guesses as to what Isabel's character arc is.
    • Also in Ocean's Twelve, Reuben's first scene shows him getting a tarot reading. The card shown on the table is the Five of Wands, which signifies interpersonal struggle and competition. It's a clever bit of foreshadowing of the movie's plot.
  • Ho Yay: Reuben and Basher in the third movie. Danny and Rusty all the time - in the third movie, they go for walks and tear up together over an emotional episode of Oprah.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe in the third movie, Bank crosses it when he cuts Reuben out of his share of the casino and threatens him with death if he doesn't accept the drastically unfair deal. He shook Sinatra's hand. He should know better.
  • Prop Recycling: The wig Rusty uses while posing as a doctor is the one used by Mike Myers during his rehearsals of the first Austin Powers film.
  • Special Effect Failure: Ocean's Twelve suffers from this in any scene involving the laser net at the art gallery. Some of the statues in the scene where Toulour reveals how he used capoeira to get past it are this as well. The excuse that the lasers are invisible to the characters and were added in for the audience's benefit only gets you so far. It could have been justified if Toulour had actually bypassed the lasers in some entirely different manner, and only claimed he'd danced his way through them so as not to give away his methods to rival thieves. This would make the dubious F/X a hint that his "break-in scene" is a fantasy-sequence.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While not as well received as the first film, Ocean's Thirteen got a pretty good reception and was considered an improvement over the second film, which was generally regarded as mediocre.
  • The Woobie:
    • Danny in the first film. The money of the con is beside the point to him, all he wants to to prove to Tess that he loves her and Terry doesn't. He also implies that he got caught the first time almost intentionally because Tess left him and he didn't care anymore.
    • Also, don't say that you didn't feel sorry for the real Five Diamond hotel reviewer when the team puts him through the worst hotel stay of his life. As compensation, the team sets him up to "win" an eleven million dollar jackpot as compensation.