* EndingFatigue: Maggie's misfortunes are so heart-wrenching that you wish for the movie to end faster. It doesn't.
* MoralEventHorizon: Maggie's family crosses it [[spoiler: when coming to visit her in the nursing home... after spending a week at Universal Studios and Disneyland, with the ulterior motive of wanting her to sign her money over to them. Maggie earns a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome by rejecting them and forcing them to leave without a cent.]]
* {{Narm}}: Maggie's family are such over-the-top redneck stereotypes that it can be hard to take them seriously.
* TearJerker: One of the most depressing and heartwrenching Clint Eastwood stories.
* UnfortunateImplications: The film caught a lot of flak from advocacy groups for the disabled, who claimed that it condones [[spoiler: euthanizing paralyzed people]], and that its ultimate message is [[spoiler: "life with a physical disability isn't worth living"]]. A few reviewers [[http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/005/307qsmui.asp claimed that it would have been a better movie if it had ended with]] [[spoiler: Maggie learning to cope with her disability and getting an education]].
* TheWoobie: Maggie. Oh, dear God.
** Also goes for poor ol' [[Creator/JayBaruchel Danger Barch]]; all he wanted to do was become a prize fighter...
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