These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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?
It may or may not have been done on purpose in order to prove a point. They likely justify it as an artistic decisionto remind us just how horrible cyberbullying is (which it is, of course, but still), and/or to "warn" us about what might happen if it doesn't stop. Either way, it wouldn't make it that much different from other movies of this type (even if it did air on ABC Family). The CRF arguably just made things worse (for both the victims, their familes, and anyone else who knows them)...
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."
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.
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...
Life Imitates Art: Emily Osment, who plays Taylor Hillridge, was bullied on her twitter account. The story went a different road because she is a teenage popstar, and has better repartee than her character (who already wasn't stupid). Just read this : .
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!".
It likely could have worked like harassment cases in real life: if a minor reports being harassed maliciously and repeatedly, then they would have some legal standing to stop it, even if it was "just" online. That wouldn't require monitoring at all.
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?