YMMV / Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

  • Jerkass Woobie: Peter, by the end.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Attempted, but the Bittersweet Ending makes it a little difficult to take to heart, even when it makes sense - the project worked because the people involved actually believed in it, but Fred never really believed things would work between him and Harriet and therefore they didn't and everyone seemed to think that both the Sheikh and Jay so great that they were invulnerable, or at least less vulnerable than anybody else when they clearly weren't.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Harriet's soldier boyfriend Robert turns up alive, Fred admits to him that he loves Harriet. Robert sarcastically comments "well I'm sorry I'm not lying dead in a ditch somewhere," to which Fred remarks "so am I." Although Fred apologizes for it immediately afterward, saying that he was just joking, he seems less than sincere.