YMMV / The Wizard

  • Critical Research Failure:
    • When the tournament announcer says one level, and the game screen says another (earlier) level, something is wrong. Even Roger Ebert, who was no fan of video games and admitted he didn't get past the second level of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noticed the screwup.
    • The game referred to as "F-1 Dream" (a top down racing game by Capcom which uses a joystick and buttons) is actually Taito's Top Speednote , a third person driving game which uses a steering wheel and at least a gas pedal. It continues to be referred to this way in a later appearance in one scene at one of the arcades in Reno.
  • Designated Villain: The villain of this movie is literally the finder of lost children. The protagonists think he's sick because he gets paid for it. Putnam is a Jerkass, but he's was just doing his job. However, Putnam does actively attempt to stop the father of the boys from finding him first by slashing his tires and later bribing a tow truck driver into towing the Dad's truck which results in it getting scrapped just so Putnam can get the reward money, so he's not exactly innocent.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Lucas Barton has become the best-remembered and most popular aspect of the film.
    • There are also people who root for Putnam, both because he's a bit of a Designated Villain and he's noticeably funnier and more sympathetic than the kids.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Aside from the relentless Adults Are Useless. According to this movie, it's okie-dokie to exploit your little autistic brother into winning money for you.
    • Wasn't this plot point inverted in a more successful movie for adults?
      • And it's also okay for minors to walk and hitchhike from Utah to Cawwwifffohneeeyaaaa, by themselves.
      • Or to accuse a guy, who is just trying to do his job, of child molestation. Even if he is kind of a douche.
      • Also, it's okay to cheat, as long as it's using the Nintendo Hot Line for video games.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Corey's response to Lucas's infamous "Power Glove" line: "Yeah, well, uh, just keep your Power Gloves off her, pal, huh?" is now this since Jackey Vinson (the actor who played Lucas) has been convicted of child molestation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: As The Angry Video Game Nerd points out, do you think anyone would care about anything in the film that isn't related to Super Mario Bros. 3?
    AVGN: So, yeah, that's all great, but do you think any 9-year old gave two fucking shits about the plot of this movie? I know I didn't.
  • Memetic Badass: Lucas. He can actually use the Power Glove and win. That says it all.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
    • "Cawwwifffohneeeyaaaa."
    • "You got 50,000 in Double Dragon?"
  • Most Annoying Sound: Cawifohneeeya
  • Narm:
    • Lucas is pretty much a walking Narm due to how awesome he's portrayed.
      "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
    • Jimmy is also a good example thanks to how much of a dramatic cliche he is.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Values Dissonance: The "He touched my breast!" scene. Though it raised some eyebrows even then, treating a false accusation of sexual assault so lightly would not fly at all today.