YMMV / American Graffiti

  • Award Snub: Averted when it was nominated for five Oscars - Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Editing, and Best Supporting Actress for Candy Clark - but played straight when it lost all five. Granted, it was the same year The Sting came out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Steve's remark about Laurie's Big Brother Attraction, when you realize this film is made by the same guy responsible for the Star Wars movies, one of which is infamous for a passionate kiss between Luke and Leia before they find out they're siblings.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird. All she does is mouth "I love you" at the camera and fans have been wondering about her character ever since.
    • Although his God-like voice is present throughout the movie as background chatter, Wolfman Jack's actual appearance at the end - offering Popsicles and wisdom - counts.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny:
    • Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still a pretty novel subject for a film in 1973.
    • The habit of movies looking back a decade or two with a nostalgic melancholy in general. Cooley High, Dazed and Confused, Boogie Nights, a lot of Coming of Age movies... it all started with this movie.
  • Sequelitis: The original American Graffiti is regarded as a classic and one of George Lucas's best movies outside of the Star Wars franchise. More American Graffiti? Not so much.
  • Tear Jerker: Finding out the fates of John Milner and Terry the Toad (unless you've seen the sequel) in the epilogue.