YMMV / Trainspotting

  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" in the opening, where Renton is sprinting from the cops.
      • "Nightclubbing" from The Idiot, also by Iggy Pop.
    • "Deep Blue Day" from Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian Eno.
    • "Think About The Way" by Ice MC.
      • blur's "Sing" being played over the same footage partway through the film.
    • Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" from Transformer during Renton's overdose.
    • Underworld's "Born Slippy" when Renton steals the money from Begbie and walks away into the sunrise in the film's finale.
      • "Dark and Long Dark Train" during Renton's cold-turkey hallucinations.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Mostly averted. The movie portrays casual drug use as it really is - a series of enjoyable interludes inevitably followed by crashes into depression, sickness, or worse. For the habitual users, their drug fix is a desperate need, and while their lives perhaps remain "fun" by their own definition, they appear squalid, wretched, and disgusting from the perspective of a sober person.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sick Boy.
  • Gut Punch: Baby Dawn's death.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Sick Boy again, at least in the books. Particularly so in Porno, where his good looks and charm are starting to fade.
  • Ho Yay: Spud with both Renton and Sick Boy.
    • Renton and Sick Boy, particularly in Skagboys, taking place before they start to actively resent each other.
    • Arguably any of the main four (including Begbie) among each other.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The "Choose life" opening spiel was much imitated in Britain for a while after the film came out, but not as much as the distinctive poster.
    • The scene where Mark hallucinates Dawn crawling on the ceiling has been parodied a couple of times.
  • Misaimed Fandom: For a movie with such unsympathetic portrayals of addiction, it has an awful lot of fans in the drug community.
    • Plenty of real-life opiate addicts are big fans of this movie for several reasons: one, it's about as accurate as movies get in its portrayal of the heroin experience, ups and downs both, and two, it's not overly anvilicious about it in the way that, say, Requiem for a Dream is; it takes more of a neutral, observational stance, rather than outright saying "drugs are bad and everyone who does them will inevitably die horribly" or "hey, drugs are great and nothing bad ever happens to people who do drugs!" It's simply an objective, realistic look at addiction that doesn't try to patronize or hammer a moral into your head.
    • Begbie has one in some quarters. You're supposed to see him as a violent, empty sociopath. Others see him as Crazy Awesome, especially immature readers/viewers. Welsh himself actually finds him scary to write.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Begbie's treatment of his girlfriend June. Who is also the mother of his unborn child.
    • Sick Boy crosses it in Skagboys when he lets the murderer of Maria's father have sex with her. He was planning on killing him, but still...
  • Nightmare Fuel / Narm: In the movie, there is Renton's dream sequence when his parents lock him in his room to get him off heroin. (The sequence is quite a lot worse in the book. Welsh's writing style is extremely visual and truly horrifying in its description of the hallucinations.) The baby, in particular, is most memorably horrifying. However, the latter may have been a bit too exaggerated to be actually scary.
  • Older Than They Think: The concept of waiters (or waitresses) tainting the food of customers they dislike is probably most closely associated with Fight Club, but this did it first.
  • Signature Scene: Renton crawling into the toilet.
  • The Woobie: Poor Spud. Other than his self-destructive drug habits, he doesn't do anybody any harm. Yet, he gets sent down to prison while the considerably more deserving Renton escapes it by enrolling in rehab in a quite cynical attempt to make the judge think he's attempting to reform of his own volition. Then, he gets his palm sliced open by Begbie and nearly bleeds out, while his "so-called mates" refuse to call an ambulance for him.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Tommy, who ends up getting AIDS from using heroin after his girlfriend dumped him (though notably he uses it far less than some of the other addicts who are still in fairly good health). Not only is he dying, but he ends up with hate messages scrawled all over his walls too. His acceptance of his fate and lack of hatred for the guy who gave him that first shot (Renton) makes it in some ways a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but all the more tragic that such a nice guy should end up this way.
    • When Dawn dies, you can't help feeling sorry for Sick Boy, who breaks down (at least in the film). Renton realises that she was his daughter and notes that Sick Boy has never been the same since.

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