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YMMV / The Crying Game

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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Trope Namer. Pretty much the only thing most people know about the film is that Dil has a penis, and specifically how Fergus finds that out. This was further exemplified when the Academy Awards themselves actually manage to spoil the big surprise of The Crying Game (for markets that hadn't aired the film yet, like Australia, and those who just hadn't seen the film yet) by nominating Jaye Davidson for Best Supporting Actor. To the film's credit, the drama and romance isn't compromised by previous knowledge of the twist.
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  • Fair for Its Day: The film is still questioned for its vagueness as to nature of Dil's gender, whether she's a transgender woman or just a gay male drag queen who prefers female pronouns. However, it very nicely avoids the too-frequent "trap" stereotype often associated with trans people and characters by framing the reveal that she has a penis as nothing more than an awkward misunderstanding, rather than a deception, and otherwise treats it as a non-issue once Fergus gets over his initial shock.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film's UK response was lukewarm, considering it "just another IRA drama". However, the Plot Twist made it a major artistic hit in America, which was fascinated by the gender identity politics angle of the film.
  • Ho Yay: Between Jody and Fergus, further complicating an already complicated Love Dodecahedron. Jody even remarks that Fergus is "the handsome one" of the kidnappers. Not to mention all those dreams Fergus has of Jody in his white uniform. In the end he makes Dil use that same white uniform, which can be seen with a lot of different interpretations.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Jody dies. This is the set up for the entire plot.
    • The Reveal has been the subject of so many parodies and jokes that even people who have never seen the movie know the twist.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe, The Reveal, for Fergus. The scene of his reaction afterward has also been parodied, most famously in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.


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