YMMV / The Birdcage

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Subverted. Armand valiantly declares that he won't change himself for some bigot......then immediately changes himself, for some bigot.
    • A Deleted Scene (that sometimes still shows up in tv airings) has Armand go downstairs and talk to his bartender about the sacrifices parents make for their children. Which brings it back around to Awesome.
  • 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.
    • And Mike Nichols also passed away just a few months earlier.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Agador Spartacus.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: As pointed out by Rantasmo, we don't see the Senator and his wife get reprimanded for their attitudes, we see them at the wedding but there is no idea of how they...evolved.
    • Val may not be punished for making his fathers act out the charade, but he does own up to his mistake and has an unspoken epiphany when he pulls off Albert's wig and saying "This is my mother." It's also implied that the Keeleys are not quite as ultra-conservative as they let on, as any time a "return to family values" is brought up, it's for the sake of the Senator's campaign.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: As it was one of the first, not to mention most successful, films to portray Camp Gay characters sympathetically, many openly Gay men find the movie both hilarious and relatable.
    • Hank Azaria was actually afraid that his voice for Agador would be too stereotypical, until a friend of his who was Gay told him otherwise.
  • The Scrappy: Val, to some, both because of the hell he puts his parents through for the sake of his own happiness and his general lack of personality.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Gays are people too, and can raise families as caring and loving as hetero parents. There's a reason the song "We Are Family" becomes a Leitmotif throughout the film.
  • 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.
  • 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).