YMMV: The Master of Disguise

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Pistacio autistic? Look at the evidence:
    • He impersonates people who are right in front of him and doesn't seem capable of seeing how offensive it is.
    • He has only one goofy facial expression.
    • He dresses up in weird costumes as a hobby, using things like shaving cream. Remember that he's over 30.
    • He mutters incessantly to himself and has poor posture.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Pistachio, as Turtle Guy, biting a guy's nose off cartoon-style then spitting it back onto the guy's face. What? How? Why? Who knows.
    • A Downplayed moment when Pistachio randomly quotes a certain Madonna song while Fabrizzio tries to give him a pep talk.
    Pistachio: But, Papa? Don't preach. I'm in trouble deep, and I'm keeping my baby.
    Fabrizzio: Say what?
    Pistachio: What?
  • Designated Hero: Had the film been set up with Jennifer as the actual hero and Pistachio as a Bumbling Sidekick who keeps the bad guys distracted while she gets stuff done, chances are audiences would have been a lot more forgiving.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Jennifer, due to Jennifer Esposito somehow managing to do well with the material, and the fact that for a large part of the film she's the only person actually managing to get anything accomplished.
    • Among the various personas adopted by Pistachio, his version of George W. Bush was about the only one that everyone agreed was perfectly on-target. Terry Suave was also regarded as, if nothing else, less annoying than most of the other characters, due to Carvey giving a more restrained performance instead of the broad comedy he went for elsewhere.
  • Fridge Logic: The whole point of disguise is to avoid drawing attention and suspicion to yourself, which is the exact opposite of what Pistachio does the entire movie.
  • Memetic Mutation: Turtle!
  • Parvum Opus: One of the contenders for this in the Happy Madison library, and The Nostalgia Critic, in his review of the movie, called it the "crowning achievement of failure" from the studio.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dylan and Cole Sprouse as a young Pistachio.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Not that Devlin Bowman was widely regarded as an especially memorable villain — though being played by Brent Spiner certainly didn't hurt — but he's still way funnier than Pistachio.