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YMMV: Sucker Punch

  • Anvilicious: "My most precious possessions" said by Blue pretty much drives the point home in the standard version of the movie.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Pick a card, any card — there are many to choose from and that's without the alleged Family Unfriendly Aesops.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The "Distant Planet" promotional animation portrays the robots protecting the bomb on the train as freedom fighters. The upper-class citizens of the city (who may or may not be robots themselves) have forced the lower-class robots into ghettos, keeping them down with martial law. One robot sees his wife's horrified reaction when she watches a newscast of a protest being put down, decides he has had enough degradation, and joins the rebellion. The last scene shows the robot looking at his wife's photo before picking up a gun and shooting at something... the silhouettes of Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, and Rocket. Cue the narrator, who had been explaining the oppressive nature of the regime and the motivations of the rebels, saying a line about how we are all the same in one aspect, because we all have a time to end.
  • Applicability: Zack Snyder believes the movie seeps ideas into one's brain, but the viewer has to discuss, debate, reinterpret and rethink various scenes in the movie.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: There are some pretty defensive fans of this movie.
  • Critical Backlash: From critics and fans, largely regarding the perceived messages and supposedly feminist aspects of the movie. Fans believe it is heading towards Cult Classic and is not that bad at expressing feminism and is better than the critical reception. This whole argument is contentious.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Cult Classic: Has a small subset of very dedicated fans. Also has a small but committed fan base of feminists and whatnot.
  • Fridge Horror: Shortly before the film was released, an animated short called The Trenches was put online. It shows a fully-human German soldier being killed and converted into one of the clockwork zombies that the girls mow down by the hundred. It's made abundantly clear that at least part of the soldier's humanity remains even after his conversion, meaning that the Wiseman's "Don't worry, they're not human" speech wasn't entirely true.
    • Actually, that could be Foreshadowing. That part of the soldiers' humanity is trapped in a clockwork body, unable to fight their programming or return to the lives they once had. Death is their only way out of that fate. Like Babydoll's situation regarding the lobotomy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Compare and contrast Paramore's "Brick by Boring Brick", from 2010, the year before the film's release. Blonde protagonist, Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme of escaping reality, tons of CG.
    Well you built up a world of magic/Because your real life is tragic/Yeah you built up a world of magic...
  • HSQ: The movie is rather off-the-wall.
  • Idiot Plot / Adults Are Useless: The plot relies on the police not trying to question someone who is suspected of assault and murder before/after sedating her and letting one of her alleged victims and primary beneficiary drive her away and institutionalize her, or for at least five days afterwards, and for an apparently ethical lobotomist and therapist to not even think of verifying the paperwork on a lobotomy that the latter didn't think was necessary before performing the procedure. And this has apparently happened multiple times without anyone getting suspicious. The movie requires almost everyone in authority to be stupid or as corrupt as Blue.
  • Internet Backdraft: No, not at all!
  • Iron Woobie: Babydoll
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: A very common defense of the movie.
  • Les Yay:
    • The scene between Amber and Blondie where Blondie explains to Amber how to seduce the Mayor.
    • Not to mention Amber and Blondie are paired up in almost every group scene and even die together.
    • It's much more subtle, but it is there in abundance with Babydoll and Rocket.
    • Babydoll and Sweet Pea shared quite a lot of meaningful looks.
    • In Babydoll's fantasies, she imagines all the girls in skimpy clothing.
    • Rocket is very hands on with all the girls, especially Babydoll and Blondie.
      • And with Sweet Pea too. In the fantasy sequence, at the dungeon entrance, she slaps Sweet Pea's butt to signal her to move forward. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but it's there.
      • She actually slaps Sweat Pea's thigh. It's a surprisingly well researched depiction of stacking up and breaching a doorway. It looks a lot less sexual when the guys doing it are marines in full combat gear.
      • She also slaps Sweet Pea's butt in the bordello fantasy, before "finishing her tour". Kinky.
    • "I don't bite (too hard)" is said outright by Rocket.
  • Love It or Hate It: And let's leave it at that.
  • Memetic Mutation: There are many many videos on YouTube showing the "real dance" Babydoll did. Mostly guys dressed up as she was or troll faces.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • After Babydoll's mother dies, her wicked stepfather tries to rape her, and when she resists, he attempts to do the same to her sister who accidentally gets killed by Babydoll, and then has Babydoll institutionalized... in a Bedlam House run by a crooked orderly who has a lobotomist coming in five days from the date of committal. Oh, and he forges signatures.
    • Other than Blue agreeing to arrange a lobotomy for a patient who he knows shouldn't be in the asylum and does not need a lobotomy in exchange for a lengthy amount of bribed cash, he shoots Amber and Blondie, and then tries to rape Babydoll twice.
      • To be fair, the shooting and first rape attempt happened in the bordello reality, so we don't know how much of it actually happened.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Alan C. Peterson as the Mayor. In his brief appearance, he steals the scene with his utterly badass pimpin' entrance and Leitmotif: a mash-up of "I Want It All" and "We Will Rock You".
  • Rewatch Bonus: Little lines and implications make sense with more viewings.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Who can argue with an empowerment theme?
  • Shocking Swerve: Who the real narrator is and who really survives the asylum. Also how Blue actually comes off in the real world.
  • Tear Jerker: Rocket's death.
    • "Where Is My Mind?" cover on the soundtrack.
    • Opening sequence.
    • "Asleep" is also well played in the movie.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many felt the whole prison framing device wasn't needed and the movie could've worked fine as a straight up fantasy movie within its own unique world.
  • Too Cool to Live: Amber, Blondie, Rocket and maybe Babydoll fit this description.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The baby dragon and his/her mother.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Pretty much the purpose of the "dance" sequences. The final one is especially blatant, with a number of slow-motion shots of robots getting broken in detail.
  • The Woobie: Babydoll. She loses her mother, is almost raped by her stepfather, shoots at him in self-defense which accidentally kills her younger sister, and is taken to an asylum that just screws more with her already tenuous grip on reality.
    • Iron Woobie: She loses her entire world, everything that meant anything to her and even loses one of her closest friends and still keeps on GOING and GOING and GOING...


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