YMMV: Vanilla Sky

  • Award Snub: As divisive as the film was, Cameron Diaz earned critical acclaim for her performance, and it seemed like she was a contender for an Oscar nomination (as she had been recognized by the Golden Globes, BFCA, SAG, and a number of critics groups). Unfortunately, she just missed out.
  • Broken Base: Which one is better? Vanilla Sky or Open Your Eyes? One of the few cases where the "Foreign Original Vs. Hollywood Remake" debate is pretty legitimate, with solid arguments on both sides.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critical reaction was decidedly mixed, almost to the point of Love It or Hate It, but it made over 100 million at the box office and is Crowe's second most successful film.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The ending is set to an early version of Sigur Ros's "Untitled 4/Njósnavélin". It also plays Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Jeff Buckleys lyrical dissonance "last goodbye" fits perfectly for it's part being played.
  • Follow the Leader: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception, Sucker Punch, and an army of less successful wannabes all borrow pretty heavily from concepts in Vanilla Sky, but it's rarely acknowledged. Inception's Mal is almost beat-for-beat Julianna (the former lover who killed herself because of the lead and is now a malicious and insidious force wrecking the dream world), while Eternal Sunshine is likewise a Genre-Busting blend of romance, science fiction and psychological thriller, the relationship between Joel and Clem following many of the same emotional beats as that of Sophia and David.
  • Love It or Hate It: A prominent example of this trope. Some critics found it overbearing, pretentious, narcissistic on Cruise's part and a betrayal of Cameron Crowe's aesthetics up to that point (often comparing it unfavorably to the source material), whereas other critics were impressed by its ambition, even to the point of naming it one of the best films of 2001. The one part of the movie that was consistently praised was Cameron Diaz's performance.
  • Mood Dissonance: The "Narm" line below may be funny for viewers. On the other hand, the fact that it's coming out of a clearly unstable woman recklessly driving a speeding car with David in the passenger seat may also produce some other feelings.
  • Narm: "I swallowed your cum, it means something!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: David's flashing from healthy face to freakish face when his dream is breaking up. Shudder.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tilda Swinton shows up near the end of the film to deliver a sales pitch for Life Extension.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Stacks and stacks of Foreshadowing, among other things. Roger Ebert even went so far as to admonish prospective viewers not to try to analyse the film until after they'd seen it twice.
  • Sci-Fi Ghetto: Is it a romance involving dreams? Is it Scifi?
  • The Woobie: David after his accident.