YMMV / Shock Treatment

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • "Shock Treatment", of course. "Look What I Did To My Id" and "Breakin' Out" also get special mention.
    • "Bitchin' in The Kitchen" is often a favorite for Refuge in Audacity, depicting materialistic consumers of The '80s empathizing with their appliances more than each other.
    • "Looking For Trade". Jessica Harper's singing has definitely improved since Phantom of the Paradise (and they avoid the mistake that film made of having her dance).
    • "Denton U.S.A." qualifies, in spite of the fact that its not an entirely accurate description of Denton.
    • "Anyhow Anyhow" is an Ear Worm finale, with "Denton U.S.A." making an Ironic Echo.
  • Genius Bonus: "Remember Lt. Orpheus? He disappeared into that Underworld show."
  • He Really Can Act: A lot of viewers didn't realize that Brad and Farley were both played by the same actor until they were told.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At heart, this is about what we now would call reality TV.
    • Brad looks and sounds almost exactly like Ben Folds does today.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Fans who don't like this movie compared to the first one will usually admit that it's worth watching for the songs.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Farley Flavors. In the end he doesn't get Janet, but he gets the good guys tossed out of the taping and proceeds to successfully turn his charms on the ambitious Macy and save the show, and it's safe to assume his media empire will continue to grow.
  • The Other Darrin: Brad, Janet and Betty are now played by Cliff De Young, Jessica Harper and Ruby Wax respectively.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Hardly anyone liked Jessica Harper as Janet. Elevated levels of bitchiness aside, compare Susan Sarandon's soft, smooth soprano singing voice to that of Harper, whose considerably deeper contralto tone made her sound like a man on more than one occasion.
    • There's actually quite a few who do like Jessica. While Susan was the perfect Janet for Rocky and has a sweet voice, Jessica is a far better singer and a solid actress in her own right. Listen to her solo "Old Souls" in the amazing Phantom of the Paradise. Her voice is absolutely beautiful in its unusual depth. Those who don't like her tend to be those who don't like Shocky - for the same reason. They expect it to be the same as Rocky.
    • Jessica has quite a lot of fans in the Rocky community, for both Shocky and Phantom - especially now that she did a Barry Bostwick-esque turn, and has learned to embrace her RHPS fan base rather than shun it.
    • Even The Cinema Snob noted that while Susan was perfect for a young, naive, innocent Janet, Jessica was equally perfect as a jaded, disillusioned with marriage Janet. Ironically, he was more critical of Cliff de Young playing Brad as too nerdy especially compared to his enjoyable portrayal of Farley. However, DeYoung was probably overplaying both to make them as different as possible.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The stage play is a play based on a movie, based on a movie that's based on a play.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rik Mayall as "Rest Home" Ricky.
  • The Scrappy: Macy Struthers has been seen as the Jar-Jar Binks of the RHPS fandom.
  • You Look Familiar: Cosmo, Nation, Nurse Ansalong and Judge Wright are played by the sane actors as Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia and The Criminologist from the first movie.

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