YMMV / The Emigrants

The books provide examples of:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Jonas Petter loves to tell dirty stories. While they're entertaining they don't always fit so well in with what's currently going on.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • Kristina tells Karl Oskar she is pregnant the night before they leave home and he sighs and says it couldn't have come at a worse time. Kristina snaps and yells at him that he is the one who came at a bad time.
    • The way Danjel handles the provost.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Karl Oskar names their home in America New Duvemåla to make Kristina feel more at home.
  • Memetic Mutation: Karl Oskar jag tyar in't mer.

The movies provide examples of:

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Kristina and Karl Oskar both dislike Ulrika at first. Kristina gradually begins to see her differently but Ulrika and Karl Oskar come to blows while they're on the steamboat and his dislike for her grows. When they stop to go ashore and buy some food Karl Oskar and Kristina's only living daughter Märta is missing when the steamboat is getting ready to leave and both parents panic. Just as the boat is about to leave shore Ulrika comes running with Märta, having found her playing in the sand. The wordless shot where Karl Oskar shakes Ulrika's hand is truly heartwarming and it's all in von Sydow's and Zetterlund's acting.

The musical provides examples of:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: For those not familiar with the story the Native Americans appearing towards the end can come off as this.
  • Breakout Character: Robert to some extent, although mostly this was due to the role becoming a breakthrough performance for Peter Jöback (not to mention his song "Gold Can Turn To Sand" becoming a huge hit in Sweden). The character, and the aforementioned song, launched a successful international career for Jöback as a musical theatre actor, highlights of which include landing the role of Chris in "Miss Saigon" after auditioning singing Robert's signature song in Swedish, originating the part of Michael in "the Witches of Eastwick" and in 2011 being asked personally by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the titular Phantom in "the Phantom of the Opera" on West End (and later Broadway). The character of Robert had previously been somewhat polarizing but thanks to his signature song and Jöback's performance he became far more popular than before.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Some of the lyrics in the English American Man where the women are amazed by an American man who does house work.
    • The song where Ulrika's suitors try to win her over. "At least once a year I will wash myself with soap." Gee, how can a girl resist?
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Ulrika gets quite a few, such as standing up to the provost.
    • Karl Oskar in the song "''Wild Grass''", in which he refutes accusations from a neighbour claming that his land does not belong to him but to the Native Americans. Karl Oskar defends his right to the land not by right of purchase but through the hard work he's put in farming the land, building a house and creating a home and a livelihood for his family out of what was once merely a place where wild grass grew.
    • In 1996 Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson brought their four lead actors to Lindström Minnesota, the place where Karl Oskar and Kristina settled, for a concert performance of the musical. The books and their characters are highly revered in Lindström to this day, there are still people there who speak fluent Swedish and the concert was held in that language (the English translation still many years away at this time). You can find a few of the performances from this concert online and not only are the performances themselves outstanding, the captive audience members, listening to their own history in a sense, is both awesome and heartwarming.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Most of the score, but Gold Can Turn To Sand and You Have To Be There stand out.
  • Narm: Most of the English lyrics.