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YMMV: The Boondock Saints
Both films

First film
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe, the end credits show a reporter interviewing people on their wildly varying views on the Saints.
  • Complete Monster: The "sick fuck" hitman who Rocco drives to his job, who murders an entire family — wife, kids, everyone — "like he's ordering a fucking pizza."
  • Critical Dissonance: You betcha.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The whole damn movie. Shooting an innocent cat? Utterly despicable. Accidentally shooting a cat, and reacting with a Cluster F-Bomb? Very funny. Attempting to conceal the blood splatter on the wall by taping a (much too small) piece of paper over it? Fucking hilarious.
    • The piece of paper is a picture of the cat.
    • "Is it dead?"
    • "I can't believe that just fuckin' happened!"
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: In a shameless action flick, they're relatively rare, but a definite one is, when Murphy's dragged out by the Russian mobsters, he and Connor are yelling for each other, and then Connor rips the toilet out of the floor and drops it on the guy's head, because he tried to kill Murphy.
  • Freud Was Right: One of the detectives accidentally says "fag man" instead of "fat man" in front of Agent Smecker (who even comments that "Freud was right").
  • Ho Yay: Connor and Murphy are very close. Some fans point to the scene where Connor rips a toilet from the floor in a frenzy and carries it up to the roof to drop on his brother's would-be killers when Murphy is in trouble, as well as jumping five stories down to land on an attacker as a sign of their profound love for one another.
    • Also the cauterization-by-iron scene where Murphy is holding Connor still from behind. They all got gagged to refrain from screaming, which reduces it somewhat... until Connor reaches behind and clutches at Murphy's hair while the camera pans over to leave only the two of them without even the iron in frame. Thus, it is extremely easy to take that scene out of context.
    • Then there's the hit on the Sick Mob Man, after which Connor puts his hand over Rocco's mouth, and kisses the back of his hand. Which doesn't even make sense in context, unless you count Rocco's immediate silence.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The shootout between the Saints and II Duce. The mundane explanation is three self-confessed amateurs against a hit man who hasn't been able to practice his skills in twenty five years. The magical explanation is that they were chosen by God to carry out a specific mission, and wouldn't be allowed to kill each other so long as they were needed.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The "rule of thumb" lady from the beginning.
  • Squick: Other reactions to shipping listed above.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Symbology?

Second film
  • Badass Decay: We first meet Romeo when he beats up a much larger man with his hands chained behind his back. He spend the rest of the movie being made fun of by the brothers.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When Eunice Bloom starts with the gun tricks in a cow girl outfit for no reason.
    • Also, the dream sequence in the hockey arena.
      • The hockey arena is a subtle callback to Greenly suggesting that their mass execution of the mob bosses take place center ice at a Bruin's game because of how public it will be. It's an homage to the passing of his character, as is the line "Thanks for coming out."
  • Fetish Fuel: Eunice Bloom at the scene of the priest's murder as well as her cowgirl outfit while investigating the penthouse shootout. (Actually, just Eunice Bloom in general.)
  • Fridge Brilliance: Romeo either was never actually licensed to operate a forklift, or else he was not licensed by a terribly reputable trainer. The entire "drive the forklift full of heavily armed Irish twins into the warehouse" plan fails from the get go because he makes a very fundamental error: Forklift operators are trained to drive the forklift with the forks as low to the ground as possible, both to give them a clear field of view ahead, and also to keep the center of gravity low (hitting a pothole with three tons of cargo hoisted ten feet up in the air is a very good way to get someone killed). Then again, Romeo is, like his predecessor Rocco, kind of a moron at times.
  • Narm: Special Agent Bloom's slightly lisping southern accent sounds just a wee bit like Truman Capote at times.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A lot of people were unhappy that Willem Defoe wouldn't be returning. then he shows up in the last five minutes of the movie!

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