YMMV / Enemy Mine

  • Award Snub: Roger Ebert and other critics felt Louis Gossett, Jr. deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination, having to act convincingly under a crapton of prosthetic makeup. In addition, the film's visual effects, makeup effects that helped create the Drac race and screenplay writing did not get nominations neither.
  • Complete Monster: All of the strip miners are nasty by default, but leader Stubbs stands out in particular for how much he openly enjoys beating, torturing and killing enslaved Dracs.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Davidge never let on that Mickey Mouse wasn't really a "great Earthman teacher," meaning he has to fight hard to stifle his laughter when Jerry tries to insult his faith by calling Mickey "one big, stupid DOPE!!"
    • "Jerry, ol' buddy, where would you be without me?" "Back home."
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: After Jerry and Davidge insult each others' "great teachers" (see Crazy Cultural Comparison above) during an argument, Davidge apologizes for what he said about Shizumaat, and Jerry apologizes in kind for insulting Mickey.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Quite a few.
    • Jerry singing Drac philosopy into a Fyrene sunset, in a soft croon — with Davidge listening, and trying to see things through Drac eyes. Sadly the moment is interrupted by yet another of the planet's deadly meteorite storms.
      • With an added dash of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming; Davidge has tears in his eyes as he listens to Jerry. He may not understand the words (yet), but he understands all the same.
    • The passing of Shizumaat's book of wisdom from Jerry to Davidge.
    • "Of course we know your Zammis. You are Uncle."
    • And of course, the recitation of Zammis' lineage, in flawless Drac, by Davidge on the Drac homeworld.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: One of Maurice Jarre's best.
  • Ho Yay: Although Dracs are an asexual race, it's hard to keep yourself from the idea that Davidge and Jerry are gradually beginning to look like a loving couple with typical gender roles and family debate. Lord, later they even have a child. Hilariously lampshaded when Davidge learns of Jerry's pregnancy:
    "But how did you— who did...? *beat* Well, don't look at me!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Both Dennis Quaid and Brion James appearing in this movie is interesting considering both actors would later be involved in the Superman media. Quaid, who plays a human character who finds himself fostering an alien child, was one of the considerations to play Jonathan Kent (who also fostered an alien child who would grow up into who we all know and loved) in Man of Steel before losing to Kevin Costner who ultimately took the role, while James, who plays the Big Bad who is part of a team of miners who loved to suck dry planets of their resources and act as a threat to Quaid's character and his adopted alien child, would later voice the energy-sucking supervillain and one of Superman's rogues gallery the Parasite in Superman: The Animated Series up to his death in 1999 where afterwards the Parasite would be taken over by The Other Darrin Brian George in Justice League.
    • Future voice actor Bumper Robinson plays Drac alien Jerry's child Zammis in a sci-fi film which involves themes of humans and aliens working together and Fantastic Racism. Robinson would later be known to younger viewers as the voice of Rook in Ben 10: Omniverse, which the general premise involves the human character Ben being partnered up with Robinson's alien character and features some episodes involving the Forever Knights, who bears Fantastic Racism against anything alien.
  • Nightmare Fuel - the aforementioned Pit Fiend is incredibly creepy, and is a constant threat even outside their pit traps.
    • The opening effectively sets the tone of War Is Hell, with the frozen corpsicle of a human pilot whose fighter was shot up, drifting through space.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rook was Zammis.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The movie does a pretty good job of gut-punching the viewer when Jeriba dies.
    • Sadly the scene where Davidge stands and recites Jeriba's entire family line is cut shorter than in the novella, where it really packs a wallop, but still wets some eyes.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The movie was apparently forced to include subplot about their enemies operating a mine, on the basis that people wouldn't understand the title could be rephrased as "My Enemy", and would want to know where the mine was. Maybe they could have had someone step on one too.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: All over the place, from the shots of outer space, to the very convincing alien world of Fyrene IV, to the excellent Drac makeup effects that nicely averted Rubber-Forehead Aliens and made Lou Gossett Jr. and the other actors completely unrecognizable underneath them.