YMMV / The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • Jerkass Woobie: Sherman McCoy, an admittedly arrogant yuppie who is nonetheless unfairly cast as the rich white villain of a racially charged tabloid melodrama.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy and Bruce Willis as Peter Fallow. To say nothing of Saul Rubinek as ADA Kramer. Or Melanie Griffith as Maria Ruskin. Or, really, the whole cast.
    • In defense of Tom Hanks, Bonfire came out around the time that Hanks had still not been codified as the go-to big name actor who only plays nice guys. Also, Griffith would later go on to play bitches in sheeps clothngs (see Cecil B Demented for instance). So her playing Maria actually worked.
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