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What can we say about ''The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things''? Well, [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cole and Dylan Sprouse]] plays Jeremiah, a boy, who is taken from his foster parents to live with his drug-addicted, prostitute mother Sarah and along the way has [[spoiler: sex with Music/MarilynManson]], gets [[spoiler: raped and molested several times]], and at one point becomes a [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking Christian]]!. A very [[{{Squick}} squicky]] film to say the least.
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!!Tropes Seen in The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things:
* AbusiveParents: Sarah although she would have won a mother of the year award compared to the book.
** Sarah's parents were also abusive to her.
* AnAesop: Some foster parents are more caring than bilogical ones.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices
* DiabolusExMachina: Nothing ever seems to go right.
* DirectedByCastMember: Asia Argento.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Meta example. The film is based on an autobiographical novel by teenaged author JT [=LeRoy=]. Except that [=LeRoy=] turned out to be thirtysomething female Laura Albert.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Music/MarilynManson plays a heartwarming role as someone who [[spoiler: willingly is seduced by and has sex with a 11 year old boy.]]
** WinonaRyder plays an extremely incompetent child psychiatrist.
** Peter Fonda plays Jeremiah's [[TheFundamentalist christian fundamentalist]] grandfather.
* {{Jerkass}}: Every single character apart from Jeremiah and Buddy
* MoodWhiplash: Sarah. One minute she loves Jeremiah, the next she hates him.
* NightmareSequence: Several, usually featuring [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic massive, clawing red birds]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour