History YMMV / RadioFlyer

14th Aug '16 2:34:02 PM twilicorn
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: See the main page.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: See Because of the main page.nebulous conclusion, a few people have concocted theories regarding that Bobby doesn't actually fly away at the end. One such theory is that Mike was the actual recipient of the abuse and that Bobby was just a psychological projection, ala ''Film/FightClub'', whom he used to disassociate himself from it, and that he "flew away" once The King was arrested because Mike no longer had any need of him. Another theory is that Bobby actually perished, and that Mike repressed this memory and constructed a false but bearable one. However, [[WordOfGod director Richard Donner has denied all these theories]].


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* LoveItOrHateIt: On one hand, you may find it a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] [[TearJerker tearjerker]]. On the other hand, however, you may find it (and indeed, at the time of its release, many such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin found it) [[Main/{{Glurge}} a bit immoral]] for suggesting that all a child needs to do to escape abuse is construct a rickety little toy airplane out of a red wagon and stuff from a junkyard -- which obviously is impossible in real life.
2nd Jul '14 11:21:33 PM darkrage6
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Big time and the main reason the film was a major BoxOfficeBomb. Most kids won't want to watch a depressing movie that centers around child abuse, and most adults will be turned off the ridiculous Family-Unfriendly Aesop of how it's OK not to tell anyone about an abuser if that person makes someone else happy.
25th Feb '14 9:51:48 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He continues doing this even after being punished and [[InsaneForgiveness undeservingly]] given a second chance by Mary, and he never sincerely repents for his actions. He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. Creator/AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].
16th Feb '14 6:10:19 AM m8e
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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He continues doing this even after being punished and [[InsaneForgiveness undeservingly]] given a second chance by Mary, and he never sincerely repents for his actions. He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].

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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He continues doing this even after being punished and [[InsaneForgiveness undeservingly]] given a second chance by Mary, and he never sincerely repents for his actions. He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin Creator/AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].
8th Feb '14 1:53:51 AM DiscoGlacier
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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].

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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He continues doing this even after being punished and [[InsaneForgiveness undeservingly]] given a second chance by Mary, and he never sincerely repents for his actions. He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].
8th Feb '14 1:51:14 AM DiscoGlacier
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* CompleteMonster: The King, an alcoholic who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].

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* CompleteMonster: The King, [[TheAlcoholic an alcoholic alcoholic]] who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor he would never do a role like this one again]].
8th Feb '14 1:50:04 AM DiscoGlacier
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* CompleteMonster: The King, an alcoholic who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor and disgust in]] AdamBaldwin.

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* CompleteMonster: The King, an alcoholic who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, Shane, and [[TheFaceless the way he's portrayed]] ensures that he can never be humanized. AdamBaldwin was disgusted enough by the character that he stated that [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor and disgust in]] AdamBaldwin.he would never do a role like this one again]].
8th Feb '14 1:37:58 AM DiscoGlacier
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* CompleteMonster: The King, an alcoholic who relentlessly abuses Bobby and Shane, [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath almost killing the latter]] and permanently chasing the former away from the family.]] He arouses [[TheDreaded fear]] in both the children and Shane, [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor and disgust in]] AdamBaldwin.


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* MoralEventHorizon:
** The King crosses this once he begins abusing Bobby.
** Later in the film, Mary crosses this [[InsaneForgiveness when she invites the King]] [[WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack back into the family]], knowing full well he has assaulted Bobby in the past.
30th Jun '13 4:10:51 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CompleteMonster: The King.
15th Jun '13 8:06:02 PM ManCalledTrue
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** FridgeBrilliance kicks in, however, when one realizes that the story is told from a child's point of view, and children do tend to see the world around them in mythic terms.

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** FridgeBrilliance kicks in, however, when one realizes that the story is told from a child's point of view, and children do tend to see the world around them in mythic terms. Except Richard Donner shot that down, leaving one to wonder what exactly he was thinking.
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