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!)
- 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