YMMV / The Blue Lagoon

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The film was destroyed by critics (especially Pauline Kael) and described by them as repulsive because in their opinion (again, especially Pauline Kael) the whole movie was devoted to watching over the sexual experiences of half-naked teenagers. The similarity of this theme with erotic films about the relationship between cousins, also does not help much.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: That the leading actors spend most of the film partly nude seems to be much better remembered than the storyline.
  • Critical Dissonance: As already mentioned here, the film was extremely negatively received by critics. However, this did not stop him from occupying himself at the box office and even now is considered a pretty sweet melodrama about the first love.
  • Cult Classic: Despite the hatred of critics and the passage of a lot of time, this film is still a classic of romance for many. In addition, it seems that it is popular with some people because of Incest Yay Shipping, although neither the book nor the movie has ever had any special emphasis on it.
  • First Installment Wins: To both series but for different reasons. The first book was the only one to get a movie treatment, to which not everyone knows the writer had more story to tell. Likewise the film sequels just kind of trigger Sequelitis as not being as well liked as the first.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Apparently, the film is very popular among young Romanian men. Hmmm....
    • Also in Brazil, but leaning more towards Memetic Mutation status, due to severe overplay by its biggest network.
    • The 1980 film adaptation is also unironically regarded in Hungary as one of the best classic movies of all time. Seems to have gained a lot of popularity in ex-Communist European countries, in particular, the remake was quite popular in Russia in the 90s as a "Paradise Hollywood love story."
  • Glurge: The original work and the film glorify the advantage of innocent life on nature over life in civilization, while also keeping silent that at some point their son would have to bury both parents and stay on the island alone. Not to mention that any of them could die even earlier because of some tropical illness, while they do not even have the slightest medication or that their son as a child of two close relatives could have been born with some kind of weakness that made life on a desert island dangerous..
  • Narm: It can sometimes be very difficult to take seriously children's quarrels and extremely innocent behavior of main characters, which are externally perceived as physically mature teenagers. Unrealistic ideality of what is happening can also become a "hard" moment for some.
  • Squick: The erotic content of the film and its similarity due to this with the eroticism, dedicated to the tabooed relationship, was the reason why the film was extremely negatively appraised by the critics.
  • Puppy Love: Because of the age and innocence of the characters, their connection quickly becomes such.
  • Sequelitis: The second part and almost a remake came out after ten years with Milla Jovovich in the title role and was completely crushed by critics, failing at the box office due to the almost verbatim quoting of the original film.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In our time it is very difficult to understand why during its release this film was considered so scandalous, shocking and even almost pornographic. However, at that time, so sensual portrayal of sexual experiences between teenagers was a completely new phenomenon, not to mention the nudity of the actors.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Two innocent and beautiful children grow up to be healthy and attractive teenagers, after which they become a tender couple on the island from a postcard. Be prepared for the fact that you will even be ashamed to watch it, because everything looks too innocent and perfect.
  • Values Dissonance: Although now the element of Kissing Cousins ​​in this novel and film can be a strong incestuous element for some US residents, because of which sometimes the film is even defined as a "film with incest", in other countries almost no one paid attention to this. This was also more permissible in the years of the author's life, since the marriage inside the family carried features of a patriarchal way of life. First-cousin marriage was very normal in Victorian times, exemplified by Queen Victoria and her beloved Albert.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was defeated by critics during its release, but a gradual softening of the attitude towards sensuality and erotica, rehabilitated it.


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