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:
  • Genius Bonus: Notice how the movie goes from morning to night continuously (despite the story going over the course of months)?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Mussburger.
  • 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 (though she does show up later, and with a proper line to boot).
    • Charles Durning only has two scenes, but Hudsucker is a constant presence in the film (heck, his name is in the movie title!)
  • Retroactive Recognition: Buzz is played by Jim True-Frost, better known as Roland Pryzbylewski of The Wire.
  • 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 circle drawn on scrap paper; seeing the hoop on the poster 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