* AdaptationDisplacement: Far more people have heard of the movie than the book it was based on.
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* 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 Music/BonJovi as the abusive husband and father [[{{Pun}} gives love a bad name]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: There's a scene where Kevin's Spacey's character stops a pedophilie from possibly taking Trevor. In 2017 there were allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct made against Kevin Spacey by several people who claimed Kevin abused them as teens.
* {{Glurge}}: {{Tearjerker}} + AnAesop broken by the tearjerking event = glurge.
* HarsherInHindsight: Creator/HaleyJoelOsment, known for getting popular by [[Film/TheSixthSense seeing dead people]] plays a kid [[spoiler: that dies.]]
** The scene where Eugene defends Trevor from a pedophile is extra cringeworthy now that the accusations against Creator/KevinSpacey have been made public.
** Another harsh moment regarding the same actor. He is well known among gamers for being the English voice actor of Sora, the main protagonist of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler: Sora dies... though unlike Trevor, he gets revived]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The kid Trevor [[spoiler:was stabbed]] protecting was played by Marc Donato. Ten years later, Donato played a bullying victim who decides to [[Film/TheFinal violently torture his bullies]].
** The reporter's name is [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris Chandler.]]
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler:Trevor is stabbed by bullies.]]
* MisBlamed: [[spoiler:Trevor dies]] in the book the movie was based on as well, although the circumstances were changed. In the book, [[spoiler:he's killed in the Washington, D.C. area after meeting the president]].
* 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.
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