YMMV: The Accused

  • Enforced Method Acting: The director filmed the rape sequence first so the actors' attitudes toward Jodie Foster throughout the movie would more accurately reflect their unease and guilt over what had happened.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kurt, the last of the rapists, is sort of indicated to be this. Initially shocked and disgusted at being invited to take part, he snaps and gives in after a series of taunts and shouts of encouragement. While he was certainly not justified in what he did, one can't help but feel—however briefly—a little sorry for him, if only in conjunction with feeling rage at the encouragers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The rape scene.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Just because a woman is feeling frisky and provocative at a particular moment does not make the act of rape against her any less a crime and Slut Shaming her afterward is simply blaming the victim.
  • Strawman Has a Point : The Chief D.A. tries to stop Murphy from prosecuting the spectators by pointing out that Murphy feels guilty ("I owe her") about failing to put the actual rapists away for long. Ditto: "You don't get to use this office to pay your debts!". He also doesn't want to waste taxpayer's money on a "sure loser". All of which seem like good reasons. When he threatens to fire her for, well, ignoring her boss, she threatens to sue the D.A. 's office, making her look even more like a "vengeful bitch" (quoting the film here) on a personal vendetta (prosecutors also cannot be sued for decisions like these).