YMMV / Rain Man

  • Anvilicious: Decades after it was new, the Aesop that people with non-normal brain chemistry are as human as everybody else is this. In 1988, it was a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is full of it, some of which is still fun to listen to. "Iko Iko" (by the Belle Stars) and "Las Vegas" are standouts. Meanwhile, the one and only Hans Zimmer composed the score itself.
  • Fair for Its Day: The movie is criticized nowadays for introducing the stereotype that all autistic people have savant skills, and for giving out a strict criteria for autism portrayals when the condition is, in reality, loosely defined. However, mainstream awareness of autism owes much to this film, and it opened the floodgates for introducing mentally challenged characters in media. According to the book Neuro Tribes, the movie also helped the general population become much more sympathetic towards autistic people, as the movie gave them a basic understanding of the condition.
  • Glurge: Despite the general positive reception of the movie and Dustin Hoffman's great Oscar-winning performance, for many autistic people, the movie's much more Glurge-y than anything else. The simplistic portrayal of autism in the movie, and the way it's used as a plot device to teach the "neurotypical" protagonist not to be a Jerkass, make it guaranteed Flame Bait on many autistic support forums.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Any time Raymond freaks out.
    • Charlie tries to force Raymond to go on a plane, even after he insists that there's a real risk that it'll crash. But just before they board it, Ray screams bloody murder and hits himself on the head repeatedly (which is something an autistic person might do when they're scared or nervous), and it's absolutely terrifying, which forces Charlie not to taking the plane.
    • "HOT WATER BURN BABY!"
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Perhaps due to Autism being better-known these days, some people (even autistics) find the movie pretty unremarkable (that is, if they don't outright hate it, as noted above) despite the hype alongside The Rain Man stereotype.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: While "Mentally-Challenged people are still just as human as everybody else" seems obvious nowadays, it was a radical message when the movie debuted.


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