YMMV / Road House

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In one scene, Wesley has his trophy wife perform a strip tease in front of Dalton at the Double Deuce so that he can... show how powerful he is? Show off how hot his trophy wife is? It's not really clear what he was hoping to achieve.
  • Cliché Storm: Tropes Are Tools. The movie wouldn't be nearly as much fun if didn't play everything with a straight face.
  • Cult Classic: It ain't Masterpiece Theatre, but it sure is easier to turn into a Drinking Game.
  • Foe Yay: Jimmy tells Dalton "I used to fuck guys like you in prison!"
    • And then there's this gem by Wesley:
    Wesley: I see you found my trophy room, Dalton. The only thing missing... is your ass.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The line "Pain don't hurt" became incredibly poignant once Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which would ultimately kill him.
    • An eerie coincidence: Patrick Swayze and Ben Gazzara both died from pancreatic cancer.
  • Ho Yay: There's plenty of stuff for the ladies in this movie, and by extension, for the guys, too.
  • Memetic Badass: Dalton. You know how pain hurts, by its very definition? Well, it doesn't to Dalton. This man calls the dictionary a liar, and he gets away with it!
  • Memetic Mutation: This movie inspired the filk song "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas" from MST3K.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Brad Wesley having Wade Garrett killed.
  • Narm: "You want to save them from Brad Wesley? Well, who's gonna save them from YOU?!" This might have been a more effective Armor-Piercing Question if Dalton had shown any indication whatsoever of being a threat to any of the townsfolk. As it is, it's a random spurt of goofy, overacted melodrama that both comes from and goes absolutely nowhere.
  • Narm Charm: The story, script and action are all cheesy enough to sprinkle over pizza, and that's why it's so entertaining. Even Michael J. Nelson has unironically praised it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Taking a standard Western-movie plot and transplanting it into the decade of excess shouldn't work at all, and it somehow does anyway.
  • Too Cool to Live: Wade Garrett.