YMMV / Ernest Scared Stupid

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Old Lady Hackmore seems to firmly hold the Idiot Ball when she explicitly tells Ernest the incantation to bring Trantor back. However, she later uses the chance to plant the dolls of her sister and friends on Trantor's tree so they can be returned to normal, as they were stuck that way following his original defeat. Was she just taking advantage of this situation following her screwup, or was actually The Chessmaster, intentionally allowing Trantor to be revived in a Batman Gambit that Ernest would defeat him in order to save them all along?
  • Crazy Awesome: Old Lady Hackmore, the one character who can hang with Earnest in this category.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
  • Funny Moments: The Cutaway Gag in which Ernest's 4th grade teacher confirms that "He never knew when to quit." after whapping young Ernest over the head.
    • "How 'bout a bumper sandwich, booger-lips?!"
    • When Trantor attacks Ernest while he's driving.
    Trantor: You will pay for the sins of your forefathers!
    Ernest: I didn't have four fathers! I just had one father and I didn't know him that well!
    (*Trantor's face falls as though disappointed in not having a Worthy Opponent*)
  • Genius Bonus: If you can manage to stop smirking at Ernest during Ernest's costume-changing pep-talk, you'll realize he's paraphrasing Sun Tsu's The Art of War.
  • Heartwarming Moments: When Ernest is reunited with Rimshot, after the spell that turned his dog into a wooden statue is broken.
    • Old Lady Hackmore being reunited with her sister.
  • Memetic Mutation: The face Ernest makes at Trantor the troll during their fight (and right after Ernest's "booger lips" line) has become memetic to the point that this movie is the origin of the internet phrase "troll face".
    • "Authentic Bulgarian Miak" is a bit of a shibboleth for the film's fans.
  • Narm Charm: Like pretty much every Ernest movie.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Quite a few of the scenes actually are genuinely frightening, particularly for children.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Granted, the film never really takes itself too seriously.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure: The very revealing stage hand pushing the block of garbage Ernest is trapped in out with a hammer.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Elizabeth randomly kissing Kenny on the cheek as they head on home, even though there were no romantic implications between the two.
    • Except for a throwaway comment by one of the Murdocks at the beginning: "The dork likes her!"
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Very minor example, but the Trantor costume is a lot more impressive than you'd expect for a shoestring-budget comedy.
    • Then again, Trantor and the trolls were designed and built by the Chiodo brothers, so you'd expect them to look pretty damn good.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Who would have thought an Earnest movie would have dark elements? From an evil troll targeting kids to Ernest being pissed to the point that he was willing to violently kill Trantor for going after his dog.