YMMV: Stranger Than Fiction

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Harold Crick singing Whole Wide World leading into Wreckless Eric's rendition of the song while he finally gets the girl
  • Genius Bonus:
    • All the characters' last names are references to famous mathematicians and scientists.
    • There are a number of visual references to René Magritte paintings, particularly The Son of Man.
  • He Really Can Act: Will Ferrel is mostly known for his comic roles, but damn if this movie doesn't prove he can pull off a dramatic role. Crick's distress when he's told that he must accept his death in order to make Karen's book work feels strikingly genuine.
  • Paranoia Fuel: If you're a writer who has killed off characters.
  • Tear Jerker: At the end when Harold decides to face his death.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Several critics bemoaned that the considerable talents of Queen Latifah — a capable lead in her own right — were wasted in an "assistant" role that gave her very little to do.
  • Vindicated by History: Though far from critically panned, the movie didn't quite get the type of praise it deserved (mostly because many people were skeptical about Will Ferrel being able to pull off a dramatic role and a lot of the praise ends up sounding like "who knew Ferrel could do this?" rather than "it's a good movie"). However, today it is often regarded as one of the best movies of 2006, with many people wondering why Ferrel didn't get at least nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars.