* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Conservative Christians are presented as a mix of TheFundamentalist and (in the case of [[spoiler: Marianne's father and Micah]]) StrawHypocrite. The only one that comes across as even slightly sympathetic is Marianne, who seems to genuinely want to 'help' Olive, and even she is a strong case of HolierThanThou.
** Possibly [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the entire movie is a retelling from Olive's perspective.
** Also, several snide remarks in the movie imply that many who hate the Christian group are Christians themselves - the group is hated for being [[HolierThanThou obnoxious]] and for doing ActivistFundamentalistAntics, not for being Christian.
* {{Anvilicious}} / AuthorTract: It is easy to see the film as having a strong Anti-Christian bent; the antagonists are ''loudly'' Christian, and Olive's attempt to see their perspective lead her straight into her enemy's lair or into an empty room where no one listens. This largely depends on the viewer's appraisal of the film; see the above entry.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Olive's parents steal every scene they are in.
** Mr. Griffith got some love too for being a cool teacher.
* GeniusBonus: The foreign film that Olive goes to see using her free tickets, and whose name she has trouble pronouncing, is not just [[BilingualBonus the German translation of "The Scarlet Letter"]], but is actually the 1973 German adaptation of the novel.
* HeReallyCanAct: Dan Byrd, playing Brandon. The speech he has about how hard it is to be gay really shows off his acting skills
* HilariousInHindsight:
** On the DVD commentary, while joking about the suits from Sony [[ExecutiveMeddling screening her and the director's comments from the adjacent room]], Emma Stone [[ProductPlacement tells the viewer to see]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan the upcoming Spider-Man reboot]]. Between the date the commentary was recorded and date the DVD was released, Stone was cast in the Spider-Man reboot.
** Amanda Bynes' character is a clean-cut, HolierThanThou Christian fundamentalist. Since this movie, Bynes has become better known for her drunk driving charges, traffic accidents, disgusting and disturbing Website/{{Twitter}} rants, and generally bizarre behavior than she is for her acting. The fact that this was the last film she did before her sudden meltdown doesn't help matters. It makes her "seems as if someone's going on a downward spiral" quote more painfully ironic.
* HollywoodHomely: Subverted. Olive speaks about her lack of allure, being invisible to members of the opposite sex, and how she has never been the sexual desire of anybody, which would come off as hard to believe given Emma Stone's beauty, but the eventual point of the movie is that it all revolves around image and perception. She was never supposed to be physically unattractive, just viewed that way as a result of her High School status.
* IronWoobie: Olive definitely qualifies. At one point in the film, her fellow students, including her erstwhile ''best friend'' are picketing at school with placards calling her a whore, and she still keeps her head up. And when she tells Mrs. Griffith "I could have [[spoiler:chlamydia]]," you want to give her a hug ''and'' stand up and salute her. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* MemeticMutation: Olive going "Yuuum!" at the Lobster Shack.
* LesYay: Marianne frequently comes across as a repressed lesbian who is attracted to Olive. At one point she actually ''sniffed'' Olive's hair.
* SignatureScene: Olive's SexyWalk in the hallway wearing her very first "slutified" wardrobe.
* TheWoobie:
** Brandon, Olive's friend who is bullied for being gay. His "We can talk about how things will get better all night long, but ''right now'' this sucks!" speech was especially heartbreaking in light of the multiple gay teen suicides around the time the movie came out (fall 2010). [[spoiler: He gets his happy ending though.]]
** By about halfway through the movie, Olive herself. In the [[spoiler:attempted rape]] and confessional scenes, you just want to reach through the screen, give her a hug, and tell her it'll all be okay.
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