YMMV: Good Bye, Lenin!

  • Acceptable Targets: Punk culture, if a tasteless party Alex and his girlfriend attend is anything to go by.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: To what extent was Alex's charade done out of love and overzealous concern for his mother, versus nostalgia for the past and his suddenly-lost country?
  • Artistic License – History: Assuming the cab driver really is supposed to be Sigmund Jähn, this could count. In real life, Jähn had managed to work as a freelance consultant for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) following reunification in 1990, prior to which he was in the East German army where he had risen to the rank of Major General, hardly making him likely to be as down on his luck as the movie suggests.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: During 'President' Jähn's address to the nation, the national anthem of East Germany plays in the background, and then swells to a crescendo as the scene shifts to the Reunification celebrations.
  • Love It or Hate It: The film got a lot of positive reviews from people familiar with The Theme Park Version of the GDR, but even then found some criticism for portraying what was supposedly a run down dystopia in a favorable light at times. People who actually lived in the GDR tend to hate it for its often inaccurate portrayal of many things or, seeing as it's a comedy, failing of portraying most of the real problems many East Germans faced when their country and society disappeared basically overnight (the job crisis and resulting mass-poverty being a massive one that the movie entirely ignores with the exception of showing unemployed adults and some rather unsavory rock n roll parties). Even then the film is popular among the East German ostalgie movement for showing that there were people who legitimately loved their own socialist nation. Base Breaker indeed.
  • Tear Jerker: Several moments, but the biggest is the ending, when Alex and the others hold a funeral for his mother and he comments on how he'll remember her and the country she was part of and died with. All while old footage of East Germany streets and his mother and sister at summer camp is shown.