- Anvilicious: A borderline case already. Definitely so had the director included the Coda included in the deleted scenes on the DVD.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Departure, which is what happens you combine this trope with Tear Jerker.
- Designated Hero: Vincent's parents. They live in a society with heavy (albeit rather arbitrary) genetic discrimination, yet they let their child be born with genetic defects even when they know it's going to ruin his life?
- Vincent certainly is a nice enough fellow, but you must wonder if controlling a dangerous space mission when he's overdue for a heart attack was the wisest choice to make.
- Ho Yay:
- Vincent and Eugene. That scene after Eugene gets drunk, anyone?
- Eugene leaves him a lock of his hair.
- Iron Woobie: Both Jeromes qualify.
- One-Scene Wonder: Tony Shalhoub has a few minutes as the underground contact who brings Vincent and Jerome together, helping and lending the equipment necessary for the fraud, and is brilliant as a genetic profile "used car salesman".
- Paranoia Fuel
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The Coda hits you like a bagful of wet sand behind your left ear.
In a few short years, scientists will have completed the Human Genome Project, the mapping of all the genes that make up a human being. We have now evolved to the point where we can direct our own evolution.Had we acquired this knowledge sooner, the following people may never have been born;Abraham Lincoln — Marfan SyndromeEmily Dickinson — Manic DepressionVincent van Gogh — EpilepsyAlbert Einstein — DyslexiaJohn F. Kennedy — Addison's DiseaseRita Hayworth — Alzheimer's DiseaseRay Charles — Primary GlaucomaStephen Hawking — Amyotrophic Lateral SclerosisJackie Joyner-Kersee — AsthmaOf course, the other birth that may never have taken place is your own...
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Strawman Has a Point:
- Designer Babies aren't necessarily bad. They have decreased chances of inheritable diseases.
- It's not that the above necessarily wouldn't have been born, they just might not have those conditions which in many cases worsened their lives. Many other genetic conditions are fatal, so those without them would have a chance at life. True, it's possible having them in some cases is a trade-off (the well-known correlation Asperger's Syndrome and high intelligence, for instance), or merely through strengthening character, but one can't achieve much if they've died young from, say, progeria.
- The reason Vincent couldn't be an astronaut. In the words of Cezary Jan Strusiewicz of Cracked: "If you have a condition that can kill you at any moment, common courtesy dictates you do not sneak into a profession where you're responsible for keeping a whole bunch of people alive. Whether it be here or on a super long flight through the cold, unfeeling vacuum of space. If Ethan slips away mid-flight to take a dump and his heart fails while he's sitting on the toilet, you've got a rocket ship full of future people that's going to smash into the nearest celestial body at about 15,000 miles per hour. There are some jobs you just shouldn't have, you selfish fuck. NOT EVERYHING IS ABOUT YOU."