!!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.

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!!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.]]

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!!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.