- Audience-Alienating Premise: The entire film is essentially an insult to people who like to watch these kinds of films. And even those who don't are turned off by the gore and arguable sadism, so it's a lose-lose battle.
- Bile Fascination: People who hate the film and its arguments have spent a lot of effort to refute it, even though the best possible rebuttal to the film's message is to not watch it at all.
- Broken Base: The film calls into two categories: A very well done and unsettling horror movie or an insulting film where why care about the main characters if the film's being as sadistic as possible simply because of it's mocking themes of said sadism in the media. There's no funny ground, really.
- Cult Classic: Both the original and remake have developed followings since their theatrical releases.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The dictates of the message demand that the story end badly, so once you see where it's going, there's no reason to watch the rest.
- Evil Is Sexy: Paul in both versions is a handsome young man.
- Funny Moments:
- Narm: The film's opening features the family pleasantly driving to their lake house smiling and laughing...with loud death metal music in the background. It's probably supposed to convey...something, but it just ends up looking ridiculous.
- Padding: Lots of it, but in particular, a ten minute scene where we see Anne emotionally reacts to the situation and mourns over the recent murder of her son.
- Paranoia Fuel: Those nice, seemingly harmless young men who have just come over asking to borrow some eggs? They're a pair of sadistic serial killers who intend to Mind Rape you and your whole family before killing you. They Look Just Like Everyone Else! indeed.
- Snark Bait: The original, the remake or occasionally both are sometimes used as prime examples of how pretentious a movie can be and are often mocked accordingly.
YMMV / Funny Games