YMMV / The Birds

The Aristophanes Play
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: References to Rhea. Rhea is the name both of Zeus' mother and a South American relative of the ostrich.
  • Values Dissonance: What does Peisthetaerus dream of? A world where parents of attractive children want them taken advantage of sexually.

The Hitchcock Film

  • Adaptation Displacement: Did you know there was a short story? By Daphne du Maurier, no less. Not that it has a lot to do with it.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Annie Hayworth, the school teacher, stayed in the town her ex-boyfriend lived in on the weekends, despite originally being a city girl, saying she didn't want to lose the friendship between them... could it have been something else? Could Annie in fact have been Cathy's real mother, with Lydia actually being Cathy's grandmother given her age and appearance, but being the time period that it was such an out of wedlock birth could not be accepted, so they all just lied about it to save face? It would certainly explain some of Annie's interactions with Cathy at the party and later on Annie sacrificing herself to save Cathy from the birds.
  • Ear Worm: I married my wife in the month of June. Risseldy, rosseldy, Mow, mow, mow. I carried her off in a silver spoon. Risseldy, Rosseldy, hey bambassity, nickety, nackety, retrical quality, willowby, wallowby, mow, mow, mow.
  • Narm:
    • "I think you're EVIL! EVIL!" Geez, lady, we understand you're very frightened here, but come on now. Fortunately she got a Bright slap either to get her back to sanity, or as her way of saying "SHUT THE HELL UP!!" to her.
    • When the camera keeps cutting between a trail of fire approaching the gas station, and Melanie making scared faces.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You'll never look at birds the same way again...
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Try as they may, Rod Taylor and Tipppi Hendren weren't Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
  • Sequelitis: The 1994 Direct-to-Video sequel The Birds II: Land's End got very negative reviews.
  • Special Effects Failure: The bird effects were extremely technically innovative when the film first released, but look rather ropey nowadays.
  • Tear Jerker:
    "Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? They haven't harmed anyone."
  • Values Dissonance: Earlier in the film, Melanie is searching for Mitch's family home and the local townspeople give her directions to not only his home but also to the local school teacher's home; before that, an apartment resident tells her how long Mitch will be in Bodega Bay. This is jarring from a modern perspective worried about serial killers and stalkers.