YMMV: Harold and Maude
- Adaptation Displacement: Hardly anybody remembers or even knows the novel by Colin Higgins, who was originally slated to direct before Hal Ashby came on board. The novel is currently out of print.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: None of Harold's friends or family ever actually meet Maude. Is she real, or just Harold's Tyler Durden?
- Awesome Music: "If you want to sing out, sing out..."
- Crosses the Line Twice: Boy obsessed with being dead? Funny. Boy who stages his own suicide for attention? Dude, Not Funny!. Boy who turns staging his own suicide into a recurring act? Funny again.
- Cult Classic
- Dude, Not Funny!: Averted because Harold's pranks are so ludicrously over-the-top.
- Hilarious in Hindsight or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, depending: The priest's expression when describing Harold's "firm, young body."
- It Was His Sled: Surprisingly averted. Although the movie's premise is reasonably well known, the ending is not.
- One-Scene Wonder: Tom Skerritt (credited as "M. Borman"note ) as the motorcycle cop.
- Squick: The priest goes on for a very long scene about this.
- Tear Jerker:
Maude: Go and love some more.
- The reason Harold pulls these stunts.
- Values Dissonance: It's hard to imagine someone who steals cars and then drives them recklessly being heralded as a noble crusader against The Man these days.