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!
  • 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.