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YMMV: Cyberbully

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Were Samantha's actions a well-intentioned attempt to protect her best friend that went too far, jealousy because she was in love with the guy paying Taylor interest, or is she a self-hating closeted lesbian who uses the internet to fantasize about dating her best friend and acting on her hatred of jocks?
  • Cliché Storm: Hits all the cliches prevalent in this genre.
  • Critical Research Failure: It's blatantly clear that the writer knows nothing about the Internet.
  • Designated Hero: Taylor. She has quite a few moments where she's kinda bitchy to girls who are supposedly her best friends, and when a homosexual boy in her class tries to sympathize with her about the cyber-bullying, he tells her that people post on his page calling him homophobic names a lot. Taylor's response is basically "Yeah but you really are gay so it's totally not the same as what I'm going through."
    • To be fair, she does apologize to the guy when they end up in a self-help group together. Still doesn't explain her other cases of bitchiness.
    • Samantha, whose cyberbullying tactic is much more realistic and harmful than Lindsay's over-the-top method and much more reminiscent of the prank that prompted the news story around which the movie is based. But Sam gets a free pass because she was "trying to help."
    • Downplayed and justified: before being bullied, she doesn't understand the depth of the injuries one can cause with the internet, or even with words. She doesn't even really mind being called "Lardo" or "Dogface". The fact that she gets better proves that she understood the point and she gets Character Development in the end.
      • It's still counterintuitive to the movie's aim. The way the plot is played, Taylor is your every day teenage girl whom the audience is supposed to sympathize with. By portraying her as annoying and bitchy, her ultimate breakdown comes off less like the hero at their lowest point and more like an annoying bitch getting her comeuppance.
  • Designated Villain: Lindsay and her father are ridiculously played as if they are utterly devoid of any redeeming qualities.
  • Epic Fail: I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!
    • You would think that overdosing on pills would be relatively easy. Just open the bottle and OH WAIT.
    • They didn't notice the big 'X's next to the comments?
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Yeah, do you really think things are going to be better for these girls after all that happens between them?
  • Glurge
  • Idiot Plot: Nobody thinks of blocking the people harassing Taylor until the last ten minutes of the film.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: The realization that anyone can be a bully, even a victim of bullying.
  • Les Yay: Sam states near the end that she created the fake Internet guy profile and used it to flirt with Taylor in order to "protect her from a guy". Sounds a bit like Clingy Jealous Girl behavior...
  • Love It or Hate It: People who didn't take it seriously: "I hate that movie! It's like one of those Lifetime things about how rich WASPs can angst for hours over nothing, and you're supposed to sympathize because the girl is Emily Osment.". People who took the movie seriously: "This movie is awesome! It's like somehow some people refuse making fun of how I am depressed because my bullies make fun of me, and no one tells me I'm wangsting. I stopped being an Acceptable Target!".
  • Memetic Mutation: I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!
    • "ur a liar lindsay"
    • "Too gay to lift" has been accepted as a hilariously ineffective homophobic slur.
  • Narm: Buckets full. Seriously, this thing rivals High School Musical in the narm department.
    • This exchange.
    Senator Evans: "I don't know know much computers, but I believe they have delete buttons."
    Kris Hillridge: "That's what I thought until I almost lost my daughter."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lindsay's father appears in one scene, but he is played as over-the-top nasty as his daughter.
  • Snark Bait: Already, it's gaining a reputation for this, Especially among actual Cyberbullying victims.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Among other things, Taylor is too dumb to open a childproof cap without struggling. Making this a strange case of Too Dumb To Die.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The movie tries to cast online social networks in an unsavory light. ABC Family is a subsidiary of Disney, one of the most vocal supporters of SOPA (a bill that among other things hoped to cripple social networking sites for their potential of unpermitted media sharing), which was publicly proposed not too long after the movie first aired...
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: If Taylor had just shut down her Cliqsters profile like her mother told her to, multiple times. Or, if she had just not "friended" Lindsay on the website, who already disliked Taylor in the first place, so, why Taylor would friend anyone who disliked her is anyone's guess.
  • What an Idiot: The protagonist yells "Help! I can't get the cap off!" to her friend when she's trying to open a pill bottle, and can't get it open. Does she expect her friend to open it and let her attempt suicide?
  • The Woobie: Taylor Hillridge.


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