YMMV / Purple Rain

  • Award Snub: The soundtrack lost the 1985 Grammy award for Album of the Year to Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down, though it did win an Oscar for Best Original Score.note 
  • Awesome Music: Hell, the first eight minutes of the movie are more than enough... let's face it, the whole soundtrack. And even the movie's non-Prince and the Revolution material is pretty good!
  • Designated Hero: The Kid. We're supposed to cheer for this jerkass to see the light, and he kind of never does.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "It doesn't matter if your art is personal as long as it pleases the crowd."
    • The movie seems to suggest that while raping or beating up women is not really acceptable, anything else (playing cruel pranks on them, tossing them into garbage bins for a cheap laugh) is fair game.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Prince's character in Purple Rain is a jerkass who bullies Wendy and Lisa and restricts their creativity. In real life, Prince was a huge jerkass to Wendy and Lisa, who eventually split with Prince and apparently never spoke to him for the rest of his life. Happy viewing!
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The only reason anybody would watch this is for the music.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Believe it or not the film has some creepy moments. Aside from the treatment Apollonia occasionally receives there is one scene in which The Kid and Apollonia listen to a demo tape in which a woman is supposedly crying played backwards.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Purple Rain is hardly a Best Picture winner, and much of the film is a pretty clear Prince music-selling vehicle. Nevertheless, the soundtrack and the fact that it stars Prince still endears it to many.