YMMV / One Hour Photo

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The director stated that the end of the movie, showing a photograph of the Yorkin Family with Sy beaming among them was meant to be ambiguous. He said that in his opinion, the Yorkins forgave Sy because he ended up saving their family, and he got to be part of them like he always wanted to. But taking the work by itself, it's equally plausible that we are seeing Sy is still trapped in his delusions, thinking that he's part of their family unit.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Sy's nightmare comes across as a BLAM, until he is chased by the police and runs across a hall where a lecture about a treatment for retinal degeneration is held. The former symbolises Sy's increasing delusional state and aggression, the latter symbolises realising the mistakes he's made.
  • Fridge Horror: Some of Sy's earlier lines become a lot creepier after watching the interrogation scene. For example, when he casually mentions to Jake how he was sick a lot as a child. Specifically mono... And hepatitis.
    • Also disturbing is the thought that a lot of Sy's lines in the hotel room scene may have been things he was parroting from his parents.
    Sy: Pretend! This is all pretend!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Robin Williams playing a lonely and depressed man becomes a lot harsher after his death.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Sy's dream sequence with his bleeding eyes. There's also something unsettling about the growl-like expression he makes when he's caught by the cops.
    • Arguably, the whole movie.
  • Paranoia Fuel: This movie is a damn good reason to only use a digital camera, if Manhunter hasn't convinced you yet.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Phil Coulson is one of the cops who take Sy in.
  • Squick:
    • Sy's interrogation.
    • The photos Sy allegedly takes in the hotel.
  • Tear Jerker: Sy's theme, and the credits song.
    • Nina and Jake sending Sy "good thoughts" after Jake deduces that even without really knowing him, he can tell Sy has spent most of his life alone. Gets worse when the film cuts to Sy standing dully by his kitchen sink with a glass of water — clearly the good thoughts are not getting through to him.