YMMV / Over the Top

Tropes related to the movie:

  • Cult Classic: Although it was unsuccessful both critically and commercially, this movie does have its share of fans.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jason Cutler has a large number of Kick the Dog moments, but the two highest contenders for this are either him locking up all of Lincoln's letters to his family over the years and trying to convince Michael that Lincoln never cared about his family (and trying to continue to play this angle when Michael finds the letters) or him hiring a bunch of goons with the mission of kidnapping Michael (and bringing him to his home) and roughing Lincoln up.
  • So Bad, It's Good: To paraphrase Norm MacDonald, this movie is a lot like Kramer vs. Kramer. That film also involved a bitter custody battle, but it was missing something— what was it? Oh yeah: ARM WRESTLING!

Tropes related to the series:

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Simon.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: It's mainly known for either having Tim Curry, or a pre-fame Steve Carell.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Simon mentions that he is not blushing, but having a stroke to an overly obsessive fan who is preventing him from being off television. This isn't so much funny, especially to fans July 2012 when Tim Curry actually does come down with a stroke. Granted that he is fine now, but it's a bit touchy to his loyal fanbase.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The show's backstage turmoil (see the Trivia page) is more talked about than the show itself.
  • Retroactive Recognition: As stated, a young Steve Carell played the crazy Greek chef, and people began to search the show up after Carell talked about it in interviews.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To Fawlty Towers, given how much of the setting was employed (hotel, crazy chef), but the focus was more on the characters' lives as opposed to hotel antics and that the leads weren't very much like Basil or Sybil Fawlty. (It helps that two previous US attempts— Chateau Snavley's {with Harvey Korman and Betty White} and Amanda's by the Sea {with a Gender Flip of Basil played by Bea Arthur} either didn't last or weren't picked up, and one after this, Payne {with John Laroquette and Jobeth Williams}, despite having the blessing of John Cleese himself {and who intended to have a recurring role in the second season} also failed quickly.)
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