YMMV / The Game

The film:

The book:

  • Designated Hero: Neil attempts to cast himself as the Only Sane Man in a community filled with lotharios, but he comes off as just as bad (if not worse) and his attempts to justify or explain his own behavior come off as disingenuous at best. Among other instances in the book, he knowingly gets involved in affairs with married or committed women, steals women from their boyfriends in the middle of clubs, mocks other men for their inability to score, uses every advantage he can (up to and including fake personas) to get what he wants, and generally acts like a smarmy, self-entitled man throughout the original book and its companion.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing:
    • The book concludes that the Seduction Community can become hollow over time and that being able to pick up scores of women will not solve your problems. In fact, as the climax shows, it can actually make things worse, and perhaps the only way to make your life better is to do it yourself. Yet, many PUAs cite that this is the book that started their journey.
    • While Rules of the Games first volume ostensibly tries to get the reader to a point where they'll be comfortable hosting their own dinner party with people they might not even know, the book itself repeatedly has disclaimers and warnings saying that you should not pursue the techniques within unless you're absolutely confident in your abilities.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: One chapter in Rules of the Game has Neil Ethan Hunt-ing his way into his own apartment after he loses the keys to his front door, and all while a pair of women (who he's trying to seduce) are waiting below. By the time he gets in, and after performing ridiculous actions like jumping to an overhang in order to get back in, he discovers that the woman he wanted to sleep with got bored and went home, thus ruining his night.

The television series:

  • Broken Base: The opinions of season four. Fans either thought the season was uneven but still pretty good, or absolutely awful. Thoughts on the season ending, however...
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Any time a character in this show finds happiness, or comes close to it, they always sabotage themselves and end up right back where they started, and there's enough Dysfunction Junction to make the viewer wonder how any of these people are still speaking to each other.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Regina Greer a Karma Houdini who basically personifies The Unfair Sex finally got her Laser-Guided Karma as Tasha Mack.
  • Jerk Sue: Jason may be one of the few examples that uses this trope as a plus. He said a lot of horrible stuff to his wife during season two - and even forced her to dress up like a hooker for a potential client - but his selfishness comes from such wreckless insecurity, it's hard to hate him entirely. And then he redeems himself by protecting Kelly from a persistent boyfriend and giving up his post-NFL career as a sportscaster to look after his increasingly feral daughter.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much every character crossed this at least once.
    • Derwin in season one when he kissed the video vixen, Drew Sidora, and now in season four, by accusing his wife of getting an abortion. Even assuming that it's true, it's still a horrible accustion.
      • Though it's not like that last one was baseless; he only asked after a doctor brought it up and he gauged her reaction.
      • Worse still when he deliberately misses a tackle and allows the rookie Sabers quarterback to take a seriously bad hit, resulting in an injury that might've ended his career - and then denied it when he was called out on it. Though on that one, he paid for it.
    • Jason crossed this multiple times in season two - like blaming Kelly's druggie brother for the mysterious syringe that came from Jason's steroid usage, then later claiming that Kelly's diminished attractiveness caused his erectile dysfunction when it was the steroids, and even after admitting to the steroids, he kept using them longer than he promised - but he took the cake when he made Kelly dress up like a stripper to get a late contract for another NFL team.
    • Malik in season four. He screwed his best friend's girlfriend, the Sabers owner's wife, drove behind the wheel while drunk and then attacked the officer who pulled him over. He was too unbearable for even his most supportive teammates and even Tasha.
    • Melanie's paranoia often gets the best of her, though fabricating a DNA test to get Derwin's baby mama away from him was a pretty shitty thing to do.
    • Kelly when she punched Tasha in the face. While the act's understandable, she's not really known for being violent. And then Kelly started lowering her own standards to air a reality TV show.
    • Tasha just can't keep a man, but when she continually sabotages every good relationship she has, it's hard to sympathize.
  • Narm: The scene when Tasha broke up with Rick Fox by singing Rihanna's "Take A Bow". No, really. It was meant to be a Crowning Moment of Awesome (highlighted by the men recording the break-up), but instead comes off as really silly, coming from a forty-something woman.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A common complaint since the BET revival, which underwent noticeable chances from the CW seasons. This is magnified with season six, after the show's producers let go of the main couple, Derwin and Melanie, which almost every fan thought was a terrible idea. Unsurprisingly, the ratings have plummeted.
    • What doesn't help is that Blue, the character replacing Derwin, generally acts like a smug Jerk Ass in his first appearance, insulting Derwin about being traded to another team and getting into a fight with him. He and the girl replacing Melanie go through an especially irritating case of Will They or Won't They?.
  • The Scrappy: Not many fans are fond of Brandy's character, Chardonnay, during season five. It doesn't help that the way her and Jason initially got together was extremely contrived.

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