YMMV / The Legend of Billie Jean

  • Awesome Music: Whatever Ms. Benatar thought of the film, her song perfectly captures the rage and spirit of vengeance born of being pushed too far by an inept legal system.
    • For whatever reason, the chase scene in the mall is accompanied by a noticeably sped-up version of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell."
  • Base Breaker: Lloyd. Some find him a shallow love interest who holds the plot up. Others love him and enjoy his story arc.
  • Broken Base: The long hair or the short hair. Helen Slater is beautiful either way so there's really no wrong answer here.
  • Critical Backlash: Well when someone has a habit of referring to it as "the worst movie ever made", it's understandable.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Putter sums up the reason Hubie won't bring the bike back on his own:
    "'Cause he's a fucker!"
  • Cult Classic: Picked up a fanbase purely through re-runs on TV who eventually clamoured for a DVD release.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Putter gets the best lines and therefore a lot of love from fans. Likewise Binx for being played by an adorable teenage Christian Slater.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Lt. Ringwald has quite the female following.
  • I Am Not Spock: This movie caused a few people to mistakenly think Helen and Christian Slater were brother and sister in real life.
  • Les Yay: The girls who cut their hair to look like Billie Jean often seem to really, really admire her.
  • Memetic Badass: Billie Jean is this in-universe and out. The fact that many people's first impression of her is giving Hubie a Groin Attack and escaping several adults chasing her in the mall probably helps.
  • Memetic Mutation: Before a DVD was eventually released, plenty of fans clamoured for it by saying "fair is fair!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Mr. Pyatt tries to have his way with Billie Jean in the attic. Later, Hubie attacking her in the mall. Man, what is wrong with that family?
  • Narm Charm: The movie is cheesy, contrived and incredibly 80s, and fans wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Pyatt's Attempted Rape is, obviously, pretty disturbing to watch. Then he gets shot in the shoulder.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The little redheaded kid who delivers the gang's videotape to the police is just precious.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Early roles for Christian Slater and Yeardley Smith.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Binx is generally a hothead, and does a lot to exacerbate the situation. In fact, he's the one to carelessly shoot Mr. Pyatt and kick off the whole mess. And then he pulls a (toy) gun on real police. Easy, tiger!
  • Vindicated by Cable: Flopped at the box office, but became a favorite of HBO and similar channels.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The statue of Billie Jean and all her merchandise being burnt up when the truth about her comes out.