YMMV / The Outsiders

  • Angst? What Angst?: Justified and explained.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Our protagonist's name is Ponyboy. Around fifty years later in 2010, we see My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic and its well-known fanbase with adult men and teenage boys.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Johnny and Ponyboy have a very close friendship, with several tearful heart-to-hearts during the story. It wouldn't be hard to interpret it as a love story between the two.
    • Johnny comes across as slashy with Dallas too. Notably when Johnny dies, that causes Dally's Despair Event Horizon.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Darry can be quite cold and harsh to his brothers sometimes, and he does occasionally overstep his boundaries. But it's hard not to feel sorry for a twenty-year-old guy who was college bound when he lost his parents - and is trying to make sure his younger brothers have a better future than him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bob crosses the line when he and his friends attack Ponyboy. In the movie they're waterboarding him, which could have resulted in him drowning.
  • Narm: The extended cut replaces most of the movie score with generic surfer music, most annoyingly during the rumble.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Socs trying to kill Ponyboy and Johnny.
    • The fire that the doctors outright admit will cripple Johnny for the rest of his life if not outright kill him. Johnny was burned so horribly that he suffers for a day or two before finally dying.
    • The rumble, while In-Universe treated as a climactic battle of good and evil, is in reality dozens of young men slugging each other to a pulp. The score of the scene in the film really gets across the fact that, even on this scale, War Is Hell.
    • Dallas, in despair after Johnny's death, gets himself killed by the police.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The film is noted for how many of the actors went onto become noted stars - Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez. Hell it can be jarring to see Tom Cruise in a small role.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In 1983 the film was notable for its unique look at teenagers - particularly those who came from troubled home lives. Note that this is one year before John Hughes started making his teen-oriented comedies. Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson have stated that The Outsiders "created a new type of filmmaking".
    "This movie was one of the few Hollywood offerings to deal realistically with kids from the wrong side of the tracks, and to portray honestly children whose parents had abused, neglected, or otherwise failed them."
  • Signature Scene: Johnny's death.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the Moral Event Horizon scene, you will see some of the worst blood effects you will ever see in your entire life.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The book is one for 1960s America. The depiction of 1960s teen gangs based on subcultures is very clearly a reflection of the times. Note that the presence of greasers (and arguably the lack of hippies, who ARE present in some of Hinton's slightly later novels), very specifically sets it in the early to mid 1960s, rather than the later part of the decade. (The movie, on the other hand, is an intentional period piece, as it wasn't made until the 1980s but was still set in 1965.)
  • The Woobie: Johnny - a child of abuse who becomes a murderer just to save his best friend. In spite of Bob's general nastiness, Johnny is guilty about it the whole time. He ultimately dies of burns.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Johnny dying to save children in a burning building. Not symbolic? Look again at his initials. In a church no less.