There's a quirkiness to some films that becomes all the film is about, which isn't always bad (Sunshine Cleaning, Lars and the Real Girl). Sometimes films can actually rise above their quirkiness to achieve something even better (my fav examples: Stranger Than Fiction, Little Miss Sunshine). While others can end up dated or don't reach a greater audience (Garden State, Rushmore). Salmon Fishing in the Yemen falls somewhere below great and above solely quirky. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt both got Golden Globe nominations for their performances, which may not mean much, but did increase the recognition of the film. While I'm sure there are other films that were equally deserving of nominations for their respective performances this year, I wouldn't argue against either McGregor or Blunt for these roles.