* JerkassWoobie: Cantor Rabinowitz, a {{jerkass}} for how he violently rejects his son's lifestyle, and a [[TheWoobie woobie]] for having his own way of life - and years of tutoring - rejected by his son. And then he becomes terminally ill.
* OvershadowedByControversy: 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 [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope - further invites discussion on the film's themes of race.
* SoBadItsGood: The 1980 remake of ''The Jazz Singer'', most notable for Neil Diamond's songs, "America", "Love on the Rocks", and "Hello Again".

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