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YMMV: The Birdcage
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Armand having to talk Albert out of killing himself. Sadly, Robin Williams didn't take his own advice.
    • Coupled with a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment near the beginning where Armand threatens to kill himself if Albert doesn't perform the main act of the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Reveal in the 2000s that hyper-conservative Sen. Strom Thurmond had an affair (and love child) with a black maid and that the revelation came out only after Thurmond had died.
  • Technology Marches On: A major part of the plot relies on the fact that this movie was made when car phones could make but not receive calls. A good part of the drama could have been... well... delayed if Katherine had a cell phone.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Senator Keeley apparently thinks it is just as bad that the girl who had been consorting with the late Senator Jackson was black as it was that she was a prostitute and underaged.
    • That's the joke. To most, it's not like he would have been better off if the girl had been white, a prostitute and underaged, but to the Conservative Strawman Political men, it is.
      • There's also the fact that even if Senator Keeley didn't care, the reporters would (and do).
      • He didn't care about the prostitute, per se — he was worried that race would be entered into the debate (which it was) and that his more racist voters would be turned off
  • Values Dissonance/Values Resonance: An interesting mixture of the two. On the one hand, the pro-gay-rights message still resonates today. However, the views publicly expressed by the conservatives in this movie come across as much more of a Strawman Political than they did at the time. This is particularly true of the idea that conservative figures having gay relatives is a major liability, as many prominent Republicans now do (Dick Cheney's daughter, Michele Bachman's stepsister, and Phyllis Schlafly's son).

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