YMMV / Orphan

General Tropes
  • Designated Evil: Esther's mercy-killing of the accidentally, mortally wounded bird, is presented as a cruel/heinous act.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Heh, a dysfunctional couple named John and Kate.
  • It Was His Sled: Esther being a 33 year old dwarf will catch on even if people haven't seen the movie thanks to the internet.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Danny.
  • Narm : John's crying jag.
  • Paranoia Fuel
  • Rooting for the Empire: It's easy to root for Esther despite the fact she's batshit insane because A) She's a Magnificent Bastard and B) Isabelle Fuhrman's performance. Not to mention most of the protagonists- except for maybe Max come off as whiny and annoying to some.
  • Squick: When Esther tries to seduce John in a cocktail dress.
    • Esther breaking her own arm, especially as the bone very visibly pops out. The fact that it's the only scene where she shows any real weakness or pain somehow makes it worse.
    • The entirety of Kate's Nightmare Sequence.
    • This film's use of blacklights.
  • Unfortunate Implication: The film was severely criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of older adopted children, calling it cliche for portraying them as violent and cruel.
  • The Woobie: Both Kate and Max definitely qualify.


Tropes that concern Esther (Or better said, Leena Klammer). Spoilers dead ahead!!
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/Orphan