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The book

  • Fridge Horror: At one point in A Million Suns, a group of people on Godspeed speculate that someone else could do a better job running things than Elder, giving serious thought to kicking him out of power in favor of another person. One of the names thrown out as a potential candidate? Luther. Who stirs up riots just because he can, who has raped women and tried to rape Amy, and who was very good at hiding his behavior from the public in general. Imagine what things would have been like if he had been put in charge...
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  • Uncanny Valley: Everyone on Phydus.

The film

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment/Disney Acid Sequence:
    • Some of the musical sequences are... odder than the others.
    • The only reason for 'Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite' is Eddie Izzard. Oh, and to illustrate what happens when you drop acid.
    • Around the time Max gets enlisted, the plot takes a backseat. It's easier to think of the movie as a series of connected music videos than a story.
    • The "Let It Be" sequence's meaning isn't explicitly stated, but it juxtaposes both Lucy and Jojo's reasons for coming to New York - Jojo's brother was killed by police in the 1967 Detroit Riots, and Lucy's boyfriend was killed in Vietnam.
  • Broken Base: Amongst Beatles fans, with some viewing this film as a blasphemous abomination. Also overlaps with a heavy dose of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
  • Covered Up:
    • Who aside from hardcore Beatles fans had heard Hold Me Tight before this movie came out?
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    • The movie's arrangement of With a Little Help From My Friends starts out aping the Beatles', but shifts halfway through to the Joe Cocker version.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome - Say what you will about the plot, but the Beatles covers in the film are impressive.
  • Faux Symbolism
  • Ho Yay: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" might just be the most homoerotic scene in any movie ever. The army recruiters get awfully handsy while singing a song originally about sexual obsession and lust to a bunch of half-naked young men, as Prudence gayngstfully sings about her own obsession with Sadie.
    • Jude and Max are very close throughout the film.
      • Especially if you listen to the soundtrack version of "With A Little Help From My Friends." It's a duet.
  • MST3K Mantra - Mr. Kite spells it out himself in his sequence.
    "It's a lot of explanation, kids, but don't worry about it. Just tune in, turn off, drop out, drop in, switch off, switch on and explode."
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Bono as Dr. Robert, a Ken Kesey Expy.
    • Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Jojo's brother's funeral. Buckets. All of "Let It Be".
    • Max's homecoming.
  • Uncanny Valley: The recruiting officers in the "She's So Heavy" sequence; they look human, but their identical uniforms and stiff, precise movements are complemented by identical prosthetic masks with unnaturally massive Lantern Jaws of Justice that make them all appear like identical living mannequins.
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  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
  • The Woobie: Everyone, but special mention goes to Prudence.

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