!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the novel by Carl Sagan ''{{Literature/Contact}}'':

* HeAlsoDid: Creator/CarlSagan, astronomer and famous for the scientific documentary ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'', as well as essays and books of scientific and skeptical nature, writing a novel might sound alien for some. Indeed, it's possible to notice common points in this book which are later repeated (or are repeated from) his other works.

!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 1997 film ''{{Film/Contact}}'':

* HilariousInHindsight:
** When the Vegan first walks towards Ellie, his blurry form bears a strong resemblance to [[Manga/TheEnigmaOfAmigaraFault the DRR DRR DRR creature]].
** If the film is really taking place around the time it was made, Hadden's trip to ''Mir'' oddly predicted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Tito Dennis Tito]]'s visit to the ''ISS'' 3 years ahead.
* MagnificentBastard: Hadden. There's no other way to put it.
* StrawmanHasAPoint[=/=]WrongGenreSavvy: Kitz is a total jerkass, but when you think of it, his fears aren't that stupid as they sound [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in context]]. At one point he even asks Ellie directly about why she thinks the aliens ''must'' be benign.
** Near the end of the book, Ellie starts to wonder if she has been selling him short. Given that personal experience vs. objective evidence is a major theme of the book this portrayal may be deliberate.
*** In the movie, it comes full circle: [[spoiler:Kitz discovers definitive evidence that the aliens are real, but suppresses it to maintain the status quo. But he also gives Ellie a blank check for future SETI research. He's a ''politician'' - he's playing all the angles.]]

!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 2006 video game ''{{VideoGame/Contact}}'':

* PanderingToTheBase: Atlus marketed this game as a quasi-''VideoGame/EarthBound''ish title due to the "quirky" {{Retraux}} art style and humor, although the actual game is...a Suda51 game.
* PlayerPunch: Done absolutely ''magnificently''.
* TearJerker: TheStinger at the end might do this for you.