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YMMV / Airheads

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Lone Rangers, or namely Chazz - frustrated Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or just a jerk in a group of jerks?
  • Awesome Music: The song "Born to Raise Hell" by Motörhead featuring Ice-T and Whitfield Crane, which plays over the opening credits.
  • Covered Up: "Degenerated" is not an original song, it was originally performed by hardcore band Reagan Youth. However, far more people know the films version.
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  • Critical Dissonance: On Rotten Tomatoes, Airheads only has a 21% freshness rating with critics. Among audiences, however, it is moderately popular with a freshness of 51%.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Kayla leaving the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and driving erratically to Rebel Radio becomes less funny when you learn that actress Amy Locane went to prison for killing an elderly woman while driving drunk.
    • The entire plot revolving around three angry men taking over a radio station with fake guns doesn't look quite as funny due to the amount of gun violence in recent years (see Values Dissonance below).
    • "Lemmy is God" after Lemmy's passing in 2015.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When making their fake demands, one of the items cited is "naked pictures of Bea Arthur." In 1994, it's an oddball curiosity, but in 2013, it's worth $1.9 million.
    • The "Lemmy Is God" line became hilarious when he actually did play God in the horror film "Curse Of El-Charro".
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    • The "wrestling match" part of the joke became this after Motörhead themselves performed Triple H's themes for both himself ("The Game", "King of Kings") and his Power Stable Evolution ("Line In The Sand").
    • Chazz's dismissive comments on classic rock artists like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix have become funnier now that rock and metal artists from the 80s and 90s are also being considered "classic rock" nowadays.
  • Memetic Badass: Lemmy, thanks in no small part to this movie.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?"
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lemmy.
  • Squick: Five words: Naked pictures of Bea Arthur.
    Jimmy Wing: Bea Arthur? Outstanding.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The Lone Rangers could be seen as this.
  • Values Dissonance: It's a goofy comedy about guys taking a radio station hostage with fake Uzis, and we're supposed to root for them. After all the violence of the last few decades, if this movie were made today, it would probably be a whole lot darker.

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