* {{Anvilicious}}
* FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: The downer ending is just to ask the viewer if they are willing to Pay It Forward, even if it means sacrificing their own life]].
** Also, Jon Bon Jovi as the abusive husband and father [[IncrediblyLamePun gives love a bad name]].
* {{Glurge}}: {{Tearjerker}} + AnAesop unintentionally broken by the tearjerking event = glurge.
* HilariousInHindsight: The kid Trevor was stabbed protecting was played by Marc Donato. Ten years later, Donato played a bullying victim who decides to [[TheFinal violently torture his bullies]].
** More of a HarsherInHindsight, but Haley Joel Osment, known for getting popular by [[TheSixthSense seeing dead people]] plays a kid [[spoiler: that dies.]]
* RomanticPlotTumor: This is a movie about an alcoholic single mother falling in love with a well-educated social studies teacher…oh, and something about a kid who tries to change the world.
* TearJerker: Natch.
* UnfortunateImplications: The change of ending between book and movie. [[spoiler: The movie: dies saving a kid from bullying. The book: dies saving a trans person after having received a medal.]]