YMMV: The Joy Luck Club
- True Art Is Angsty: Every main character, especially mothers, all have messed up lives. Everybody loves it.
- Values Dissonance: Some of the parenting methods from 1920s and 1950s China may seem abusive to a modern audience.
- Waverly's homophobic comment about Jing-mei's gay hair stylist: "He could have AIDS. And he is cutting your hair, which is like cutting a living tissue." Granted, we're not really supposed to agree with her, but this reflects an attitude about AIDS which was very common in the 1980s, when the book was written. Only the most virulent homophobes would say something like that now.
- The Woobie: An-mei's mother, most definitely.
- All the main characters in the film. Most males are either abusive or clueless, with the possible exception of Suyuan's husband and Lindo's husband, so the women are even more sympathetic.