YMMV / The Visit

The Play:

  • Magnificent Bastard: Claire. She ruined the town of Guellen herself, by buying up all the big businesses and shutting them down, so that by the time she'd came by they'd do anything for her money...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything about the eunuchs.

The Movie (unrelated):

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's possible the mother in question is very neglectful when it comes to her kids. Hence her lack of concern when they frantically try to inform her about their grandparents.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The end of the movie has Becca and Tyler seeming to suffer no ill psychological effects of being held prisoner by two mentally ill people, learning their grandparents and one other woman they met had been murdered, or having to murder two dangerous people themselves. The credits even play over Tyler rapping about their entire experience.
  • Broken Base: Tyler. People either find him and his rapping unbearably annoying and unfunny or think he's hilarious and even endearing at times.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The scene where Pop Pop smears his soiled diaper in Tyler's face. Especially considering the PG-13 rating.
  • Monster Sob Story: Nana, near the climax of the film. She's shown throughout the entire movie as a really, really sick woman, both physical and mentally. But unlike Pop Pop, who spent the entire week putting up an act, her 'normal' moments with the kids are implied to be genuine. Seeing her mental health slowly degenerating, culminating at the point where she breaks down to tears and tries to choke herself with a scarf can be particularly heartbreaking, specially due to Deanna Dunagan's brilliant performance.
  • Narm:
    • The major dramatic moment of the climax, which has been carefully set up throughout the whole film, is an adult diaper getting rubbed in a kid's face.
    • The boy's penchant for rapping, while intentionally awkward at times, can make one cringe due to the amount of it shown in the film. Including the end-credits where he raps about their whole experience with no trauma whatsoever, describing what it was like to have an adult diaper shoved in his face, etc.
    • If you've seen the trailers for the movie, you may remember Nana saying the line, "Can you get inside the oven to clean it?", and you wre probably conflicted over whether or not that was supposed to be scary.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Grandma's scratching at the walls and laughing at nothing, Grandpa is messing with his gun and there's something weird in the shed, and Mom's far away and doesn't believe you when you say something's wrong. And those aren't your grandparents.
    • Becca being asked by Nana to clean the oven is incredibly unnerving, especially given how the grandmother becomes somewhat detached and insists that Becca put her entire body in to clean it properly. The second time is even worse, since the children now know that their "grandparents" are impostors and this time, Nana shuts the door while Becca's inside to wipe off the door. The oven door, incidentally, is what has the knobs to turn it on. It's understandable why Tyler tries to have her let him do it instead.
  • Squick: Nana projectile vomiting at night, coupled with the "lovely" shot of her in her undergarments the next night.
    • Pop Pop keeping all his dirty diapers in the shed out back. Nana's explanation seems reasonable, but considering the mental instability of both of them, he could just be doing it for no real reason at all.
      • Made even worse during the climax of the film, when germaphobe Tyler gets a dirty diaper shoved into his face by Pop Pop.
  • Tear Jerker: The fate of Tyler and Becca's real grandparents, especially when you also take into account that their mom never got to reconcile with them before they were killed, despite being given several opportunities to do so beforehand.
    • Doubly so when one considers that everyone had nothing but good things to say about the real grandparents, who seemed to be truly kind and understanding people. Given the issues Becca and Tyler were working through, their grandparents probably could have given a lot of support. Not to mention, the grandparents sounded very excited to meet their grandchildren for the first time, only to lose that chance because they told someone and it went badly.
    • A minor one but both Tyler and Becca's inability to come to grips with the departure of their father, who abandoned them and their mother. In particular when Tyler asks her Becca if she feels worthless regarding their father running out of their lives. Cue cutting to Becca crying in private and lamenting over how her father simply gave her a card to say goodbye.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The film has been criticized for its use of Insane Equals Violent and relying on cheap stereotypes of mental illness for shock.
  • Win Back the Crowd: What M. Night Shyamalan is attempting to do with another horror movie featuring children. However, if Wayward Pines is of any indication, he might already be winning people back.
    • It seems to be this way critically right now as well, with a Rotten Tomatoes percentage in the 60% range.
    • Another big part of it is that the film is as much comedy as horror, rather than his attempts at deadly serious films that ended up full of unintentional laughs.
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