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YMMV / The Boys in the Band

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  • Award Snub: Leonard Frey, who played Harold. He'd be nominated for Best Supporting Actor the next year for Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Cult Classic
  • Fair for Its Day: Many people see this film as a hopelessly outdated relic of a time when gay characters were only camp, snarky queens. Few are aware that this was one of the first films to show gay characters as not only protagonists, but real three-dimensional individuals who were every bit as human as their straight counterparts. This is from a time when gay characters rarely even made it to the end credits of films.
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  • Genius Bonus: The dialogue is loaded with literary and cinematic references that are likely to go over many viewers' heads.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Hank and Larry's phone calls to each other.
    • Michael's gift to Harold - a silver framed photo of Michael, with an inscription that's never revealed.
      Harold: (choked up) Thank you, Michael.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Who do you have to fuck to get a drink around here?" (This one's widely subject to the "Weird Al" Effect.)
    • "Who is she? Who was she? Who does she hope to be?"
  • Mondegreen: Some people hear Emory say, "I may be nelly, Michael, but I'm Noël Coward."
  • Technology Marches On: Much of the problems in the film would have been solved had cell phones existed.
  • Vindicated by History: Far better regarded now; Google Users give it an 88% approval, for instance.


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