YMMV: American Graffiti

  • Dawson Casting: The only exception is for Mackenzie Phillips, who was 12 at the time of filming and played a 13 year old girl.
  • Magnum Opus: George Lucas thought this award-winner would be his. After this movie's success gave him official cred as a real movie producer, Star Wars was a fun "throw-away" project nobody (including him) expected to have more than a niche audience. The narration in original trailer for A New Hope called Lucas "the man who brought you American Graffiti".
  • Nightmare Fuel: For a nostalgic comedy, the film has a few genuinely creepy scenes.
    • Milner and Carol's visit to the auto graveyard.
    • Toad and Debbie's walk through the woods, where she tells him about the "goat killer" that's supposedly loose in the area.
    • Curt's mission to hook up the cable to the police cruiser's axle is accompanied by eerily-distorted train sounds.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Suzanne Somers as the Blonde in the T-Bird.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Fifties nostalgia, now old hat, was still a pretty novel subject for a film in 1973.
  • 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.