!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 1997 film ''{{Film/Contact}}'':
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Even in-universe, nobody's sure what Hadden was really after, especially [[spoiler:considering how close to death he was]]. Money? A charitable contribution to mankind's future? [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulation for its own sake]]? Scientific discovery? All of the above?
** Drumlin is very politically savvy and much of what he does lampoons Ellie. However he never does anything bad and unlike Ellie, who is very condescending to those (meaning just about everyone else) who don't understand the science as well as she does, he is very good at explaining things so regular people can understand.
** Kitz is the National Security Advisor. He would be blatantly derelict in his duties if he wasn't skeptical and cautious about everything going on. It is a theme of the movie of course, but Ellie puts a lot of faith in the aliens.
* DesignatedHero: Palmer can come off every bit as unhelpful and obstructive of Ellie as Kitz or Drumlin, for both unscientific and selfishly personal reasons, but gets away with it because he's the LoveInterest.
* 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.
** Creator/MatthewMcConaughey is in this film, and seventeen years later, it would be [[{{Film/Interstellar}} his turn to take a ride through a wormhole]]. WebVideo/HonestTrailers even lampshaded it, dubbing the film "Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Contact''".
** During the opening trip through the solar system, the chorus from the {{disco}} standard "Boogie Oogie Oogie" is played at the exact same time we see the planet Mars. This is somewhat funnier after ''Literature/TheMartian'', with the running gag that the only music left with Mark Watney on Mars is disco.
* MagnificentBastard: S. R. Hadden. There's no other way to put it.
* {{Narm}}: When Drumlin says Ellie won't be taken seriously as a scientist with her SETI work, she shouts back "So what?! It's my life!", a line that makes her sound more like a petulant teenager than a grown-up scientist.
* NightmareFuel: The Hitler speech video. The noise from the message are in sync with chanting "Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Seig Heil..."
* OvershadowedByControversy: Most people recognize the film due to its high-profile TroubledProduction as well as the negative publicity surrounding then-president UsefulNotes/BillClinton making an unauthorized cameo as well as those of real-life Creator/{{CNN}} personalities.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: 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.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Sagan lampshades this in the "Author's Note" section.
-->My fondest hope for this book is that it will be made obsolete by the pace of real scientific discovery.

!!YMMV tropes and audience reactions for the 2006 video game ''{{VideoGame/Contact}}'':

* MisaimedMarketing: Atlus marketed this game as a quasi-''VideoGame/EarthBound''ish title due to the "quirky" {{Retraux}} art style and humor, and although the tone is indeed quirky, it's not quite Earthbound-y.
%%* PlayerPunch: Done absolutely ''magnificently''.
%%* TearJerker: TheStinger at the end might do this for you.