* 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. Or it's a flimsy excuse for perpetuating a film full of racist humor.
* 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''.
* HilariousInHindsight: This was ScarlettJohansson's movie debut. ''Film/{{Lucy}}'', in which she starred, thrashed ''North'' director RobReiner's ''And So It Goes'' at the box office twenty years later (almost to the day, since ''North'' opened on July 22, 1994 and ''Lucy'' bowed on July 25, 2014) .
* 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 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.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Assuming we're meant to ''like'' North, they certainly failed to make you do so, considering that, even if you ignore the fact he's a racist, bigotted egoist, there's the fact that the entire conflict of the film comes down to him feeling his parents don't love him. However, given that he makes a big deal about how everyone else loves him for being super special, while the parents aren't actually shown to be particularly bad, it seems to be less that he's neglected, and more that he's self-entitled and ''thinks'' they should worship him more or something. Add in the way [[spoiler: he dreams about how]] everyone wants to adopt him, he clearly has some massive ego issues.
* 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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