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 
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 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."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Prince's character in Purple Rain is a Jerk Ass who bullies Wendy and Lisa and restricts their creativity. In Real Life, Prince was a huge Jerk Ass to Wendy and Lisa—who eventually split with Prince and apparently haven't spoken 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
  • What Could Have Been: Director Albert Magnoli told Rolling Stone that when the concept was first brought to Warner Bros., they suggested John Travolta should play Prince.