YMMV: The Fifth Element

  • Anvilicious: War Is Bad, kids. "Make love, not war." Making love is much more fun.
  • Base Breaker
  • Broken Aesop: When Korben is left alone with unconscious Leeloo at Cornelius’ apartment, he kisses her cheek. She wakes up while he does, aims a gun at his face, and angrily tells him ‘[...] never without my permission!’ Later, during the film climax, Korben manages to activate her powers by kissing her, despite the fact she said she has never experienced love, and without her giving him permission.
  • Cliché Storm: Justified given Luc Besson was a teenager when he wrote the script. And given the film runs on Rule of Fun, no problem with it.
  • Heartwarming Moments - The little loving smile that appears on Corben's face when he realizes his mom is on the phone, even though she is already in the middle of a thorough rant complaining about her son. It's just nice to see a son loving his mother, and enjoying talking...er...listening....to her, despite the fact that she keeps criticizing him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The multipass, a machine-readable all-purpose identification document? It might be coming sooner than you think it is.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • Leeloo Dallas Moool-tii-paass!
    • "GIMME DE CASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHH!"
    • Aziz, LIGHT!!
    • BZZZZZZZZZZZZ!.
    • "Green?" "Supergreen."
    • "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
  • Narm: Leeloo being pushed over the edge into thinking Humans Are Bastards by a shot of a nuclear explosion. It loses a lot of power when you realize: A. She has absolutely no context for what the image means, and B. Seeing as it was filmed in the first place, it's probably just a test.
    • She does have context. She's being shown images that all follow the theme of humans hurting, killing, and destroying each other and everything, ending in a massive cloud of fire. Even if it's a test, she knows that it's a weapon, and it's meant to kill thousands.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The alien opera diva.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: A spectacular example. The Fifth Element PS1 game by the creators of Nightmare Creatures landed on several worst-of lists that year. It got the first half-disc out of five rating in the Official US PlayStation Magazine. Also counts as a Porting Disaster since the PC version got much better reviews.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Korben's response to Leelo's Heroic BSOD about why life is worth saving in spite of things like war.
  • Special Effects Failure: The "unbreakable" glass container Leeloo breaks out of clearly has a nice circle of breakaway glass, visible for at least a second before she actually punches it.
    • The black stuff running down Zorg's head is creepy and all, but it really looks like chocolate syrup (or barbecue sauce), especially when smeared.
    • The wall Leeloo jumps through after the bit with the glass above is clearly tin foil painted bronze.
    • Diva is clearly someone just wearing a bodysuit. The swirly back-of-headpiece moves a lot whenever she moves, making it look more like a foam hat than a body part.
  • What an Idiot: No one thinks to tell the police that they are chasing an incredibly valuable lab subject that needs to be preserved. As a consequence she is nearly killed when a trigger-happy cop duo decides to shoot Corben's car down on the mere suspicion of being a car thief.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Tiny Lister, President of the World? And he doesn't get a scene with Chris Tucker?