YMMV: Rumble Fish
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Rusty James a misplaced Holden Caulfield or a genuinely brilliant person whose intelligence is undermined by his relentless quest to be like his brother?
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Rusty James' Near-Death Experience.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The film features a stellar soundtrack by Stewart Copeland of The Police.
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The Motorcycle Boy is Jesus. Consider the final moments of the film, when he sacrifices himself allowing his brother to escape to California, and far away from the unnamed town. Or should I say limbo?
- However, in the book, Rusty James is arrested and unable to save the fish; they die on the floor.
- Moment of Awesome: The Motorcycle Boy breaking every bone in a guy's body by ramming him with his motorbike.
- Tear Jerker