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YMMV / Love Story

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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The movie seems to be best known as "The one in which the girl dies at the end, and they tell you so at the beginning."
  • Ear Worm: The theme music is definitely this.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: So many have lampooned the implications of the film's most famous line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." This was even parodied in What's Up, Doc?, another movie of Ryan O'Neal (who played Oliver in Love Story). Barbra Streisand's character coos "Love means never having to say you're sorry" while batting her eyelashes, to which O'Neal's character responds, "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard."
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  • Glurge: Most of the movie, really, but especially the (in)famous lines from the film, "Love means never having to say you're sorry" and "What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Not long after this film's release came the first daily panel of Love Is..., which read: "Love Is… being able to say you are sorry."
  • Memetic Mutation: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
  • Narm: Once again, "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
  • Sequelitis: Oliver's Story. Neither the book nor movie are well-received by critics or fans.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The film as a whole is considered one of the most classic film examples.
    • At the end of Oliver's Story, he acknowledges that despite having ostensibly finally moved on with his life – thriving legal career, potential new relationship – he'll never truly be happy without Jenny.
      "Sometimes I wonder what I would be if Jenny were alive. And then the answer comes to me. I would also be alive."
  • Values Dissonance:
    • When Jenny is first discovered to be sick, the doctor tells her husband, who decides that neither he nor the doctor are going to tell her. She finds out later anyways of course, but nobody ever calls Oliver or the doctor on concealing her condition from her. Patient confidentiality, at least as a part of the legal code, did not exist back then (HIPAA only became law in the late-1990's), which is why there's no backlash from the doctor telling her husband and not her. Also, doctors have always been allowed to bend the rules when it comes to next-of-kin. Whether they should is a discussion for elsewhere. Even today, at least in parts of the U.S., it's not uncommon for a doctor to tell a patient's closest relative – who probably has medical power of attorney – that the patient is terminal, but not tell the actually-dying person. Usually the official reason for doing this is to keep the person active and not-depressed (and thus alive) for as long as possible.
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    • For that matter, when Oliver resigns himself to asking his father for money for treatment, he prefers to let the older man think he got some other girl in trouble and needs it for a supposed abortion, rather than admit the truth about Jenny's illness.
  • Wangst: Pretty much the entirety of the sequel.


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