* AcceptableTargets: Punk culture, if a tasteless party Alex and his girlfriend attend is anything to go by.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: To what extent was Alex's charade done out of love and overzealous concern for his mother, versus nostalgia for the past and his suddenly-lost country?
** During [[spoiler:'President' Jähn]]'s address to the nation, the national anthem of East Germany plays in the background, and then swells to a crescendo as the scene shifts [[spoiler:to the Reunification celebrations]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mo59IyQbro&list=RD6mo59IyQbro#t=3 The main theme]], which plays when Alex's mother sneaks out and sees for herself how Berlin has changed.
** And the short, [[TearJerker but touching]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RxkxCj4cpc piano piece at the beginning and end of the film]] (Summer '78).
* LoveItOrHateIt: The film got a lot of positive reviews from people familiar with TheThemeParkVersion of the GDR, but even then found some criticism for portraying what was supposedly a run down dystopia in a favorable light at times. People who actually lived in the GDR tend to hate it for its often inaccurate portrayal of many things or, seeing as it's a comedy, failing of portraying most of the real problems many East Germans faced when their country and society disappeared basically overnight (the job crisis and resulting mass-poverty being a massive one that the movie ''entirely ignores'' with the exception of showing unemployed adults and some rather unsavory rock n roll parties). Even then the film is popular among the East German ostalgie movement for showing that there were people who legitimately loved their own socialist nation.
* TearJerker: Several moments, but the biggest is the ending, [[spoiler: when Alex and the others hold a funeral for his mother and he comments on how he'll remember her and the country she was part of and died with. All while old footage of East Germany streets and his mother and sister at summer camp is shown]].
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The movie while coming out in 2003 examines the transition from communism to capitalism in the former East Germany.This was an important issue in the 90's and early 2000's in Germany.For germans born after reunification this issue is at most a curiosity.