YMMV: The Hudsucker Proxy

  • Angst? What Angst?: The reaction to Hudsucker's death, for most of the board. Mussburger (his Vice-President) even takes the cigar he had left behind and starts to smoking it, proclaiming it would be a shame to "waste a Montecristo". There's only one guy who seems genuinely upset, and he's told to "quit showboating, Addison, the man's gone."
  • Funny Moments: "What the hell is it?!"
    • "Strictly speaking, I'm never supposed to do this. But have you got a better idea?"
  • Genius Bonus: Notice how the movie goes from morning to night continuously (despite the story going over the course of months)?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Mussberger.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Y'know, for kids!"
    • "Extruded plastic dingus."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Steve Buscemi as the Beatnik bartender who's increasingly exasperated by a drunk Norville's inability to comprehend that he's not getting a martini in that establishment.
    Martinis are for squares, man!
    • Anna Nicole Smith's cameo (and film debut) is memorable, consisting of a single cat growl.
    • Charles Durning only has two scenes, but Hudsucker is a constant presence in the film (heck, his name is in the movie title!)
  • The Untwist: Some viewers believe the presence of a hula hoop on the poster drains the humor out of Norville's pitch consisting entirely of a circular drawing on scrap paper; seeing the hoop on the poster (and the main page's former picture) would make the circle appear less meaningless than it does to the characters who have yet to comprehend Norville's idea.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film had a dreadful theatrical release, partly due to the poor, undescriptive title. Showings on premium cable gave it a cult audience.
  • Wangst: One executive sure does blubber a lot.
  • What an Idiot: Buzz. Mussburger convinces him that Norville stole the hula hoop idea from him. He even says himself that he has no recollection of ever inventing it.note