History YMMV / TheGoodSon

11th Oct '17 7:44:38 PM WaxingName
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Many viewers note that the film's premise about an evil boy isn't bad at all; it's just that Henry is so over-the-top and one-dimensionally ''evil'' and the film does nothing to explore the implications and reasons behind a child being so evil. ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' and ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' are generally considered to execute similar premises much better.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Many viewers note that the film's premise about an evil boy isn't bad at all; it's just that Henry is so over-the-top and one-dimensionally ''evil'' ''evil'', and the film does nothing to explore the implications and reasons behind a child being so evil.that way. ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' and ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' are generally considered to execute similar premises much better.
19th Sep '17 8:07:54 PM FluttershyWelcome
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** Susan takes the cake. First her youngest son (who was still only a baby) drowns in the bathtub, then her daughter is nearly killed after falling through thin ice. After she finds out her other son is a total sociopath who was responsible for both of these incidents, he tries to kill ''her'' too and she winds up having to drop him off a cliff in order to save both herself and her nephew. Oh, and it's never revealed whether or not her daughter ultimately recovered from the coma she was put in.

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** Susan takes the cake. First her youngest son (who was still only a baby) drowns in the bathtub, then her daughter is nearly killed after falling through thin ice. After she finds out her other son is a total sociopath who was responsible for both of these incidents, he tries to kill ''her'' too and she winds up having to drop him off a cliff in order to save both herself and her nephew. Oh, and it's never revealed whether or not her daughter ultimately recovered from the coma she was put in.recovered.
1st Jul '17 1:30:20 PM WaxingName
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Many viewers note that the film's premise about an evil boy isn't bad at all; it's just that Henry is so over-the-top and one-dimensionally ''evil'' and the film does nothing to explore the implications and reasons behind a child being so evil. ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' and ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' are generally considered to execute similar premises much better.
15th Dec '16 1:04:15 PM eaterofworlds
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* FridgeHorror: Just how much abuse Connie had suffered over the years at the hands of Henry?
8th Nov '16 8:03:03 AM LadyYuki
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** Susan takes the cake. She just lost her youngest son who had drowned then later on her daughter almost died after falling through thin ice in a lake, both conducted by Henry. Then to find out that her son's a psychopath and tries to kill her. Now she has to live with the fact that she lost both her sons. It would be a miracle if her sanity remains intact.

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** Susan takes the cake. She just lost First her youngest son who had drowned (who was still only a baby) drowns in the bathtub, then later on her daughter almost died is nearly killed after falling through thin ice in ice. After she finds out her other son is a lake, total sociopath who was responsible for both conducted by Henry. Then to find out that her son's a psychopath and of these incidents, he tries to kill her. Now ''her'' too and she has winds up having to live with the fact that she lost drop him off a cliff in order to save both herself and her sons. It would be a miracle if nephew. Oh, and it's never revealed whether or not her sanity remains intact.daughter ultimately recovered from the coma she was put in.
3rd Nov '16 8:59:20 PM nombretomado
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: ''Many'' critics decried the casting of Macaulay Culkin in the role thanks to his kid-friendly ''HomeAlone'' series, many children hero-worshiped him and marketing research indicated extreme interest by children in the film [[ContractualPurity entirely because of Culkin's presence]]. If the number of anecdotes by people mentioning this film gave them nightmares indicates, they probably saw it anyway in spite of the R-rating.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: ''Many'' critics decried the casting of Macaulay Culkin in the role thanks to his kid-friendly ''HomeAlone'' ''Film/HomeAlone'' series, many children hero-worshiped him and marketing research indicated extreme interest by children in the film [[ContractualPurity entirely because of Culkin's presence]]. If the number of anecdotes by people mentioning this film gave them nightmares indicates, they probably saw it anyway in spite of the R-rating.
3rd Nov '16 4:59:32 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AwesomeMusic: For all its faults, the movie does have a wonderful soundtrack provided by the late Elmer Bernstein.

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* AwesomeMusic: For all its faults, the movie does have a wonderful soundtrack provided by the late Elmer Bernstein.Music/ElmerBernstein.
22nd Sep '16 2:48:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* CompleteMonster: Henry Evans is the ultimate example of an EnfantTerrible in film. Having a disturbing attraction towards death and the idea of murder, Henry built a philosophy around himself that stated that if [[TheUnfettered people were to rid themselves of their morals]], [[ChaoticEvil then they are free to do any evil acts that they wanted to do without such concepts holding them back]]. Prior to the main plot, Henry murdered his own younger brother in the bathtub [[DisproportionateRetribution just because he had happened to be playing with a toy that belonged to him]]. He then goes on to convince his cousin, Mark, into helping him throw a dummy dubbed "Mr. Highway" off of a bridge, resulting in massive car accidents. He also [[KickTheDog shot and killed an innocent dog with a nail gun]] from a distance and he also attempted to drown his sister in a frozen lake when they were skating together. When Henry's mother was beginning to realize that her son was a remorseless [[TheSociopath sociopath]], she decided to send him to a mental institution so that he could get the help that he needed. Unwilling to lose his freedom, Henry decided that his family [[SelfMadeOrphan needed to die]] so that he could be free to do whatever he wanted.

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* CompleteMonster: Henry Evans is the ultimate example of an EnfantTerrible in film. Having a disturbing attraction towards death and the idea of murder, Henry built a philosophy around himself that stated that if [[TheUnfettered people were to rid themselves of their morals]], [[ChaoticEvil then they are free to do any evil acts that they wanted to do without such concepts holding them back]]. Prior to the main plot, Henry murdered his own younger brother in the bathtub [[DisproportionateRetribution just because he had happened to be playing with a toy that belonged to him]]. He then goes on to convince his cousin, Mark, into helping him throw a dummy dubbed "Mr. Highway" off of a bridge, resulting in massive car accidents. He also [[KickTheDog [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals shot and killed an innocent dog with a nail gun]] from a distance and he also attempted to drown his sister in a frozen lake when they were skating together. When Henry's mother was beginning to realize that her son was a remorseless [[TheSociopath sociopath]], she decided to send him to a mental institution so that he could get the help that he needed. Unwilling to lose his freedom, Henry decided that his family [[SelfMadeOrphan needed to die]] so that he could be free to do whatever he wanted.
10th Sep '16 7:12:08 PM taddavis
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* AwesomeMusic: For all its faults, the movie does have a wonderful soundtrack.

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* AwesomeMusic: For all its faults, the movie does have a wonderful soundtrack.soundtrack provided by the late Elmer Bernstein.
23rd Apr '16 4:26:46 AM FlashSteps
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** Really, the fact that the movie constantly hones in the fact that Henry is evil and refuses to make it subtle is fairly narmy.

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** Really, the fact that the movie constantly hones in on the fact that Henry is evil and refuses to make it subtle is fairly narmy.
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