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YMMV: The Wizard
  • Critical Research Failure: When the tournament announcer says one level, and the game screen says another (earlier) level, something is wrong. Someone like The Angry Video Game Nerd noticing this would make it a run-of-the-mill goof. When Roger Ebert (who was no fan of video games and admitted he didn't get past the second level of a game shown in the movie) notices the screwup, it's this. In his review with Gene Siskel, he even called himself a dummy when it came to video games when pointing out the error.
    • 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 the movie (particularly the boys' father) treats him much worse than he actually is.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse/Rooting for the Empire: Lucas Barton, of course. A picture of him wearing the Power Glove used to be the image for this page, and in his written review of the film, the Spoony One believes that Jimmy robbed Lucas of his victory at the end by somehow knowing about the warp whistle in the first fortress (whose location otherwise wouldn't be that easy to figure out), wondering if the finals were crooked.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Even though his character wasn't part of the scene, the line "he touched my breast!" is now this since Jackey Vinson (the actor who played Lucas) is now a sex offender for molesting little kids.
  • Ho Yay: The relationship between the father and his oldest son seemed far more sensual than what was likely appropriate. They practically spooned each other while discussing how much they love each other and then slept together wearing only their underwear. No subtext needed here.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Back when this movie was new the main reason to see it was the preview of Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Power Glove really was bad, however Lucas is using slang so he meant "cool".
  • Memetic Badass: Lucas
    • They say he's less than a god but more than a man.
    • He can actually use the Power Glove. That says it all.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
  • Most Annoying Sound: Cawifohneeeya
  • Narm: Oh God yes. Lucas is pretty much a walking Narm due to how he is portrayed.
  • So Bad It's Awesome: The movie is awful in all the right ways.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Apparently suffering a traumatic event makes you autistic and being autistic renders you a barely sentient person who does nothing but obsessively go to one place and play video games while robbing you of your ability to say anything other than "Cawifohneeeya". However it's so stupidly done and inaccurate that it just serves as complete Narm rather than being offensive.

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