- Audience-Alienating Premise: The movie is about a romance between a male bee and a full-size human woman. Many critics highlighted this as an issue with the movie, and this likely contributed to its poor box office performance. On the other hand, it also lent itself to the eventual Memetic Mutation of the entire film.
- Awesome Music: "Barry Flies Out."
- Crosses the Line Twice:
- Barry wins the case by asking if nature intended for Bees to be "honey slaves to the WHITE MAN?!?" Cue the one black lawyer on the opposition awkwardly scooting his chair away. Even more so when Montgomery angrily whispers "He's playing the species card!"
- Part of the montage after Barry's ban on bee-harvested honey is put into effect shows animal control tranquilizing Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ken, due to being played by Patrick Warburton and being bizarrely sympathetic.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Successfully advocating for a cause may actually make things worse, especially if you don't do proper research about what you're advocating for/against in the first place.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When the ATHF tackle the old lady for putting honey in her tea, she yells, "I can't breathe!" Now, after the Eric Garner fiasconote , this joke is a lot more uncomfortable.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The "Winter boots" Ken threatens Barry with in their first encounter are actually Timberland boots, or "Timbs", which would receive many memes around them in the mid-2010's.
- Vincent happens to be the bear that destroyed the hive and nearly terrorized the courthouse.
- Hype Aversion: Promotion up the wazoo is probably one of the main reasons that the movie wasn't as successful as hoped.
- Jerkass Woobie: Ken may have anger issues, but his girlfriend dumped him for a bee. However, the fact that he tried to murder Barry, even when he showed politeness to Ken, turns this around.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Fans of Jerry Seinfeld and not the memes just want to see him animated.
- Memetic Loser: The fans of the movie - both ironic and otherwise - love mocking Ken. History does not speak of many men who were cuckolded by a bee.
- Memetic Mutation: Ya like memes? Here's a list.
- Squick: Six words - "Are you her little bed bug?"
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: As weird as it may sound, this movie could've had potential if they did some simple fact-checking about bees. Barry being a male bee who is uninterested in reproduction and wants to be useful in a different way by becoming part of the all female Pollinators is both an interesting source for conflict and also a good allegory for both genders that following societal expectations is optional. Simply inserting a Knight Templar with the Queen Bee and leaving Vanessa, Ken and Barry becoming a lawyer out of the script would've arguably made for a better movie.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Ken's supposed to be an unlikable Jerk Jock, but it's a little hard not to sympathize with him for the fact that his girlfriend leaves him for a talking bee. A bee who, as noted above, actually poses a genuine threat to Ken's safety, given his severe allergy to bee stings. However, Barry never actually tries to attack him and Vanessa leaving Ken for him was of her own choosing rather than Barry manipulating her to leave Ken. That and trying to murder Barry when its proved hes a sentient bee? Dick move, Ken.
- Values Dissonance: The notion of working in the same job for your entire life as being an unpleasant prospect is not shared the world over. Indeed, in Japan the concept of "shūshin koyō" or "Lifetime employment" is seen as something to aspire to, as it guarantees job security for the rest of your life.
- Vindicated by History: The Hype Aversion caused the film to fade from public consciousness after its theatrical run, but Tumblr fans have kept it fresh again in The New '10s, albeit in a chiefly ironic way (see Memetic Mutation). News of this actually made its way up to Jerry Seinfeld himself, who either didn't get the joke or is having fun with it.
- Watch It for the Meme: The movie did poorly in theaters, but the huge amount of memes about it prompted a resurgence of popularity in The New '10s.
YMMV / Bee Movie