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YMMV: The Butterfly Effect
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: One of the major criticisms of the film was that it was so phenomenally depressing that by the end most of the audience was wishing they could spontaneously commit suicide too.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Depending on the ending, everything bad that happens to you and everyone you love can be traced back to simply being the kind of person they would love, or having been born in the first place.
    • Also in the Director's Cut ending, killing yourself is good if your family members and friends are better off for it.
  • Fetish Retardant: The glass table sex scene in Revelations.
  • First Installment Wins: Well... There are two obscure DTD sequels.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tommy arguably crosses this when he sets Evan's dog on fire.
  • Narm: Any time something particularly horrible happens to Ashton Kutcher.
    • Or when the tubby little Obviously Evil kid beats up a guy twice his size in the cinema.
    • Or when Evan accidentally crushes the granola bar.
    • Or the deadly serious use of the word "fuckbag" to defuse a child abuse situation.
    • Or the reaction of the cellmate to the magically appearing "stigmata".
    • Or the sheer amount of crap in Evan's life even before he starts trying to fix it, which just gets impossible to take seriously.
    • Or the...Christ, the whole film.
    • "Oh Mrs Bosweeelllll..."
  • Nightmare Retardant: The scene where Evan wakes up with no arms.
    • Also counts as hideously painful Narm in some scenes. Sweet Jesus, the granola bar thing.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Some people consider the film this simply because Ashton Kutcher plays the main character. Whatever else can be said of him, he actually gives a fairly nuanced performance in this film.
  • Unfortunate Implications: See Family-Unfriendly Aesop above.
  • The Woobie: Evan's girlfriend and Evan himself.


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