YMMV / The Jazz Singer

  • Jerkass Woobie: Cantor Rabinowitz, a jerkass for how he violently rejects his son's lifestyle, and a woobie for having his own way of life — and years of tutoring — rejected by his son. And then he becomes terminally ill.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: An otherwise important milestone in the history of sound in film, and the details that receive the most attention are the moments in which Jack dons the blackface. The context in which it's used — that Jack is a Jewish performer invoking this trope — further invites discussion on the film's themes of race.note 
  • So Bad, It's Good: The 1980 remake of The Jazz Singer, most notable for Neil Diamond's songs, "America", "Love on the Rocks", and "Hello Again".
  • Values Dissonance: Needless to say, the notorious blackface performance hasn't aged well.