YMMV / Bridge to Terabithia

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Jess's father's annoyance at him could just be a "Well Done, Son!" Guy thing. Or alternately he clearly cherishes little May Belle - and shows her the most affection throughout the film. Perhaps he's annoyed at Jess excluding his little sister so much?
  • Ear Worm: From the film, AnnaSophia Robb's "Keep Your Mind Wide Open", a sweet little song that reads as an anthem for Cloudcuckoolanders everywhere.
  • Epileptic Trees: It's not uncommon to find an LDD fan believing that Terabithia was real all along and that Leslie was really abducted by the Dark Master.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Along with the Epileptic Trees, common LDD fanfiction involve, Jess returning to Terabithia to rescue Leslie from the Dark Master.
    • Some fics that spare Leslie will kill off someone else to preserve the theme; Jack Aarons is probably the most common "victim."
  • Fanon: Virtually any fic with Jess and Leslie as teens will have Leslie growing up gorgeous, probably because AnnaSophia Robb did indeed grow up gorgeous.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Jess/Leslie is in that weird "Only not an Official Couple on a technicality" corner of this trope.
  • Fight Scene Failure: That punch Jess threw at Scott, while pretty awesome, was pretty fake as well.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A few, closely related to the essay that Leslie wrote, though two of the three could also be considered foreshadowing.
      • First, the naming of the essay, "Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus". Guess how Leslie dies.
      • The next is the final lines of the essay. "I check my air. I don't have as much time as I need to see everything, but that is what makes it so special."
      • And finally, Jesse asks Leslie if she encountered any sharks when he assumes her scuba diving was for real... Well, maybe not in this film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Also some:
    • First, there is the scene when Leslie, Maybelle and Jess return from Easter mess, They discuss faith and Maybelle says to Leslie: "If you don't believe in Jesus, you go to Hell when you die". Leslie dies less than a week later.
    • In the film, Jess coming home and saying "Hi guys" as his Catch Phrase with no one responding rings more harshly when he says it and his mother frantically grabs him and his parents have to tell him Leslie is dead.
    • Then when you finish the book, you find that Leslie's death is Based on a True Story.
    • The director of the 2007 film is the author of the book's son. So that movie is practically a grown-up Jesse remembering his own youth and his best friend back then.
  • He's Just Hiding: Most Fanfics for Bridge to Terabithia fall into two categories: "What If Leslie didn't die?", and "Leslie didn't die, period". This is actually done In-Universe as well, with Jesse believing that her death is all lies, believing he saw her over at her house when they went to pay their respects, and finally mistaking May-Belle's voice for Leslie's.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jesse having a crush on his teacher played by Zooey Deschanel becomes funny when she stars in New Girl playing a character named Jess. Additionally, said character is also a teacher.
    • The name of Josh Hutcherson's (Jesse) mother in Little Manhattan is Leslie.
    • Leslie's imagination in creating the fantasy world is a little amusing if one watches AnnaSophia Robb in Race to Witch Mountain where she's again imaginative - and actually does have magic powers. What's more is that her brother in that film is played by Alexander Ludwig, who plays Josh Hutcherson's Arch-Enemy in The Hunger Games.
    • May Belle being crowned the Princess of Terabithia if you've seen Bailee Madison in Once Upon a Time where she plays a fairy tale princess for real: the young Snow White of all people.
  • It Was His Sled: Leslie dies. Spoilered because it's not as well known as, say Darth Vader being Luke's father, but since it is one of the most discussed things about the story, it's hard to avoid hearing about it whenever the book or movie is brought up.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Janice turns out to be one. At the end of the film, it's implied she and Jesse may become friends.
  • Memetic Molester: Miss Edmunds; see Values Dissonance for why.
  • Memetic Mutation, Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Leslie as portrayed in the 2007 movie went memetic on several Russian Image Boards.
  • Moe: Maybelle, at least in the second film. This is lampshaded by Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb in their commentary, the former of whom calls her "just the cutest kid ever".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scott and Gary cross it when they up their bullying of Jess following Leslie's death, Scott going so far as to outright taunt Jess over it in in class, complete with a smug smile on his face the whole time.
  • Narm:
    • In the 80's film version, the sadness is ruined by the awful acting on Jesse's actor's part. The "You lie!" line is particularly laughable.
    • The book was written in the 1970s and as such the 2007 film has a lot of slang that's a little outdated. It's usually the taunts coming from the bullies.
  • Narm Charm: The "free the pee" scene is silly but also amusing too.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Dark Master. We don't get a very good look at him in the film, but a promotional still of him exists and holy Hell what is that thing doing in a kids' movie?
    • It ups the Nightmare Fuel when we find out that the Dark Master symbolizes Jess' father played by Robert Patrick, while the father himself isn't that bad of a guy, it does stir up some repressed T-1000 memories.
  • One True Pairing: There's one kind of Terabithia fan, and that's the kind that ships Jess/Leslie.
  • Paranoia Fuel: There's always a chance someone who is close to you could die in a freak accident.
  • Spiritual Licensee: A stealth remake of My Girl but with genders reversed.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Those who read the book knew that the story isn't a fantasy adventure, but rather the bonding experiences of two kids in a realistic setting. Seeing the 2007 film adaptation's trailers, which centered around the fantasy world imagined by the kids but now fully populated by CGI creatures, caused them to believe that the filmmakers completely missed the point of the book and were instead trying to make a Chronicles of Narnia (the book series that Jess and Leslie compare Terebithia to in the book) rip-off that the marketing strategy seemed to promote. In some cases, this turned them off from seeing the film altogether, even though the film was actually truer to the book than the trailers would lead one to believe.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A few of the more overly sentimental scenes, such as the dancing while Leslie's family are painting the wall. The Nostalgia Critic likened them to a bubblegum commercial.
  • Toy Ship: Jesse and Leslie.
  • Ugly Cute: Jess describes May Belle as this.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In the book, Jess's mother is worried about his best friend being female. Because it means he might be gay. The film on the other hand, Jess seems to get odd looks from his family when they meet Leslie; however, it seems to be that they're surprised he might have a girlfriend.
    • Also in the book, when Leslie tells Jess that Janice's father is abusive, Jess at first responds that most kids' fathers beat them; Leslie then has to clarify that this kind of beating is the kind that gets you sent to prison. The reason why Janice was crying was that she was telling her friends, obviously looking for sympathy, and they tell the school. Jesse thinks of how stupid that was because Kids Are Cruel. Understandably, in the movie this is changed to Leslie starting by saying that Janice's father hates her, hits her, and got the cops called on him, hence how everyone at school nows.
    • Jess's teacher calls him up to spend the day with her when her nephew cancels. Probably fine in the 70s but would raise a couple of eyebrows with the alarm over the Pedo Hunt today. Especially since the implication is that the teacher calls Jess personally rather than asking his parents for permission.
  • What an Idiot: Maybelle, you're a sweetie and all, but if you find a ring of keys lying on the floor of the greenhouse, don't you think you oughtta tell your parents?
  • The Woobie:
    • Jesse starts out as one already, though with Age-Appropriate Angst about having four sisters and having to wear hand-me-downs. The angst quickly gets less age-appropriate.
    • Leslie's parents after their daughter dies in a freak accident, right in their backyard. They act gracious at the memorial service, thank Jesse for being such a good friend to her, and apologize for wanting to keep Prince Terrien as a memento. Within a few weeks they move, just after they had finished painting the living room.
    • Maybelle is another one, given she worships her brother but he sees her as an Annoying Younger Sibling. Fortunately by the end they patch up.
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