YMMV / The Fighter

  • Award Snub: Persons were disappointed with the exclusion of a Oscar nomination for Mark Wahlberg. The Real Life Micky Ward even called him to apologize, saying that if he had just been a little crazier, the part would have gotten Wahlberg more attention. Wahlberg did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture though, as he served as one of the film's producers.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Seriously, Dicky is the most charismatic drug addict ever to grace the silver screen.
  • He Really Can Act: Played with—no one doubted Amy Adams's talents as an actress, per se; it's just that prior to this movie, there was a slight risk of her being type-casted as The Cutie Nice Girl. This film opened Hollywood's eyes to how wide her range really was.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Dicky is selfish, incredibly unreliable, and seems not to give a damn about anything but himself. But he is so beaten down by his own faded dreams of glory and his self-hatred at what he has become its difficult not to feel for him.
  • Memetic Mutation: NAWT YOU!
  • Moment of Awesome: Don't call Charlene a skank. Just...don't.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dicky's plan to get money.
    • Sherri (Micky's ex-wife) having Kasie watch the documentary just to show her what a wreck her uncle has become. Compare this to Alice not wanting Dicky's son to watch the documentary.
  • Narm Charm: NOT YOU! NAWT YOU!
  • The Woobie: Micky constantly suffers from abuse from his family and when he finds happiness in Charlene, his family tries to take that away from him. Eventually, he makes it out okay.