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  • Acceptable Targets: Some have theorized that Hayley is just a sociopathic sadist who looks for socially acceptable targets, like pedophiles.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Both characters are subject to this, more so Hayley.
    • A lot of people seem to think Hayley was molested or otherwise abused, driving her to seek revenge on men like the one who hurt her, which does change things up a bit.
    • Page even mentions on the blu-ray commentary that Hayley being raped by her father was one of the backstories fans brought up for her, but gave no confirmation.
    • As mentioned in the Acceptable Targets entry, some people have theorized that Hayley is just a sadistic, budding Serial Killer who fixates on Acceptable Targets so that her "handiwork" can be interpreted as vigilantism.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Elephant Woman by Blonde Redhead
  • Just Here for Godzilla: That torture scene.
  • Love It or Hate It: A lot of people think this film is brilliant. Just as many think it's a ham-fisted piece of unsubtle crap with a twisted message.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hayley Stark can hunt down pedos, make them think they hunted her and then convince them to kill themselves.
  • Mind Game Ship: Hayley and Jeff's entire interaction with each other.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The ambiguity of the film strikes again.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Both characters cross it. Jeff crosses it offscreen, in the backstory, by virtue of being a predatory hebephile, Hayley during the castration scene.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Surprisingly subverted. Sandra Oh, despite appearing in several famous movies and shows (including a starring role in Grey's Anatomy) has been placed in a One-Scene Wonder role as an extra; despite being very suspicious of Hayley, she disappears for the rest of the plot (besides Jeff using her suspicion to try and make Hayley paranoid) acting as a human Red Herring of sorts.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Though both of the protagonists themselves are established as villains, some fans found it easy for root for Hayley herself.

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