* AcceptableReligiousTargets: The Amish family. North doesn't even give them a chance.
** Of course, they would stress the importance of physical labor on their farm, and most kids aren't exactly leaping at the chance to bale hay or plow fields. And as for going entirely without TV...
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Either North is a wonderful child whose parents don't appreciate him, or a raging egotist who doesn't get other cultures. [[spoiler:Consider the fact that all the cultures depicted in the dream would seem to indicate that is how he views them, not how they really are. This would seem to indicate the kid's a bigot, and, especially in light of his reputedly high intelligence (i.e., he ''should'' know better but apparently chooses not to), subsequently less sympathetic.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Say what you will about the ending being a cop out, but at the very least it's a safety net for all the stereotypes portrayed through it.
** Not necessarily. See UnfortunateImplications below.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The over-the-top musical number sung by Ma and Pa Tex, set to the tune of the ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' TitleThemeTune. (Note that ''Bonanza'' was set in Nevada.)
** As North's plane lands in Alaska, it slowly drops its speed as it gets closer and closer to the airport building, finally lightly bumping off the window. Cut to the next scene.
** The Eskimo family starts whistling the theme to ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' -- the ''entire'' theme -- for the sole, flimsy sight gag that Andy his son Opie would be shown fishing to this song over the opening credits.
** In the offices of the pants factory, there are men engaging things such as golfing, dancing and chopping down trees set against suitable backdrops. This is never explained in anyway or implied to have meaning. [[spoiler: Possibly a case of FridgeBrilliance since this is all a dream, perhaps that's what North thinks working at a pants factory somehow entails.]]
* BileFascination: Has to be seen to be believed.
* DudeNotFunny: A lot of the jokes fall into this territory.
** Making cracks about your wife being barren to children ''while she's standing right next to you'' is in poor taste.
*** Don't forget that her name is Mrs. ''Ho''. Isn't the irony hilarious?
*** Kind of lampshaded by the dirty look she gives him afterward.
** Saying the horrific death of your overweight son was a "mighty ''big'' loss."
*** And to top that off, we then immediately get a happy-go-lucky, over the top musical number with the lyrics "We had a son who was trampled by a ton of longhorns!" What. The. Hell?
** The billboard with North's crack on it came off as ''incredibly'' creepy, and not at all funny, especially since it includes a [[FanDisservice lingering shot of it]].
*** It was in fact a blatant reference/parody to a 1950s-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coppertone.jpg Coppertone ad]], though why an ''octopus'' is still up in the air.
** The scene where the Eskimos exile their elders into icebergs. What truly makes it tasteless beyond belief is how this is pretty much treated as heartlessly as possible, with a guy hurrying people along. Appearently, saying goodbye to your grandparents you'll never see again is time-wasting...
* EthnicScrappy: The main reason why the movie is hated.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Abused and neglected kids need to just buck up and get on with it.
** You can never be truly happy with anybody who isn't your biological family. Try telling ''that'' to anybody who's adopted or a foster parent...
* {{Glurge}}: The film seems to think of itself as an uplifting morality tale.
* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HeyItsThatGuy: It's impossible to watch this movie now and not briefly think, "Wait, [[{{Series/Seinfeld}} George and Elaine]] got married?"
** And gave birth to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]], no less!
** Even when the movie was being produced, they were already famous for ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'' (made by Castle Rock Entertainment, which also produced this movie), also making it an example of WTHCastingAgency.
** JustForFun/JohnMunch has somehow made his way to the Arctic and is taking tickets for the Eskimo elders' abandonment on the ice floes.
** To say nothing of Kathy Bates being sprayed brown and given a cheap black wig and pretending to be an Eskimo.
** HeyItsThatVoice: Mrs. Ho is played by Lauren Tom, a voice actress known for playing characters like Amy Wong (and her mother) on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and Minh Souphanousinphone from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* MartyStu: North. Model student, super intelligent, great actor. He's basically idolised by nearly ''everyone'' to the point that families upon families desire to be his adoptive parents. [[spoiler:Possibly foreshadowing for everything is a dream.]]
* MemeticMolester: The film portrays the ''entire populace of the state of Hawaii'' as this, thanks to the tourist ad.
** North's dad comes across as one, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmIwlK-SQUU thanks to a very unfortunate scene.]]
--> Quick, loosen his pants!
** And seeing as the Hawaii thing, [[{{Squick}} with the octopus and its tentacles]], was AllJustADream from an 11 year old [[UnfortunateImplications whose dad, in the real world, has some fascination]] [[FridgeHorror with loosening North's pants...]]
* {{Narm}}: North's panic attack. Apart from the fact the writers apparently didn't know what a panic attack looks like (i.e. NOT THAT), the line, "Quick, loosen his pants" just hammers the point home.
* {{Squick}}: North's butt shown in Hawaii's ad with that hideously grinning octopus. It's a parody of a famous Coppertone/Water Babies ad (which had a puppy and a little girl), but comes out wrong...
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Arguably, Elijah Wood was the only one to actually do so.
* UnfortunateImplications: [[spoiler:The "all just a dream" ending means that the highly unflattering representations of the different cultures are based entirely on North's mental image of them, and therefore, ''North is a gigantic fucking racist]]''.
** On top of that, the American suburban family is painted in a significantly more positive light than any of the other cultures.
** Not to mention the bit where ''his adoptive parent'' puts up a tourist ad[[note]]Billboards are illegal in Hawaii[[/note]] with an octopus pulling down North's trunks and exposing his underage crack to tourists in hope to make them come to Hawaii. [[spoiler:What could have happened to him to make him imagine such things in the first place?]]
*** It could have been something as simple as his having seen ads for Coppertone suntan oil. They used to feature a child on the beach, with a dog pulling down the bottom half of her bathing suit and showing her crack. ValuesDissonance didn't used to consider that child pornography.
** Even when put with a perfect family (which are the white American family mentioned above), North is still unhappy and realizes he can't be satisfied until he's living with his neglectful biological parents. Implying that a foster home or adoption are unable to provide a happy life to a child.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: This was one big reason Creator/RogerEbert loathed this movie.
* WTHCastingAgency: Most of the cast could fit into here. The most unexplainable is probably [[{{Literature/Misery}} Kathy Bates]] and [[Film/TheGodfather Abe Vigoda]] with their faces painted brown playing Eskimos.
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