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YMMV / Machete

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  • Ear Worm:
  • Fridge Brilliance: Luz says outright that "Shé" is now just an icon to the Mexicans.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Robert De Niro plays a far-right politician running for office who promises to build a wall between the USA and Mexico if he gets elected. Six years after the movie was made, Donald Trump was elected president and promised to build a wall between the USA and Mexico. DeNiro became an outspoken critic of Trump, and memorably laid a Precision F-Strike on him at the 2018 Tony Awards... so a Trump supporter sent him a mail bomb. (No one was hurt.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this film, Steven Seagal plays a Mexican drug lord who doesn't even bother to try an accent. In 2011, Seagal was sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in a west Texas county, charged with handling immigrants who try to—what else?—cross the border.
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  • Moment of Awesome: Where to begin? Katanas vs. Machetes.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Narm:
    • "We didn't cross the border! The border crossed us!" Obviously intentional.
    • "Machete don't text."
    • Machete's wife's beheading is deliberately filmed, so that when Torres completes his swing, her head's still attached a good two seconds. The head falling to the ground is so fast and sudden, it's hilarious.
    • Machete's gigantic... machete. It's bigger than him.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Cheech Marin has only a couple of minutes of screen time, but manages to steal every scene.
    • While they're technically a Two-Scene Wonder; the hilariously savvy guards.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Intentional, of course.
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  • Special Effect Failure: A significant amount of CGI.
  • Squick: The female hostage from the opening was hiding a mobile phone in her vagina. No! NO! Those do not go there!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Osiris. After he is hired, he mostly stands in the background and doesn't even take part in the climax. He returns in the sequel, though.


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