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YMMV: The Good Son
  • Awesome Music: For all its faults, the movie does have a wonderful soundtrack.
  • Complete Monster: Henry Evans is the ultimate example of an Enfant Terrible in film. Having a disturbing attraction towards death and the idea of murder, Henry built a philosophy around himself that stated that if people were to rid themselves of their morals, then they are free to do any evil acts that they wanted to do without such concepts holding them back. Prior to the main plot, Henry murdered his own younger brother in the bathtub just because he had happened to be playing with a toy that belonged to him. He then goes on to convince his cousin, Mark, into helping him throw a dummy dubbed "Mr. Highway" off of a bridge, resulting in massive car accidents. He also shot and killed an innocent dog with a nail gun from a distance and he also attempted to drown his sister in a frozen lake when they were skating together. When Henry's mother was beginning to realize that her son was a remorseless sociopath, she decided to send him to a mental institution so that he could get the help that he needed. Unwilling to lose his freedom, Henry decided that his family needed to die so that he could be free to do whatever he wanted.
  • Cult Classic
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Macaully Culkin plays a kid that kills his little brother over a toy. Said kid's photo is played by his real life brother Rory Culkin. Rory later goes on to play one of the recent Ghostface killers in Scream 4.
    • Not to mention that Gregor Glegane mutilates his own little brother Sandor for a similar reason in Game of Thrones.
  • Idiot Plot: If the characters would just take a look at Henry's actions, not be fooled by his obvious sociopathy and apathy, or just were able to figure out when he's acting, the plot would have fallen apart.
  • Inferred Holocaust: There is a strong possibility that Mark would end up being arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center after the events of the movie. Especially when looking at the fact that everyone, except Susan, has written him off as a nutcase due to Henry's manipulations. Also Susan's marriage would be in trouble the minute she tries and explain to her husband what happened to Henry and even if the former two doesn't happen she'd end up gradually resenting Mark down the road because she chose Mark's life over Henry's. She'd also be forever haunted over what happend at the cliff.
    • ...What makes you think that Susan is going to end up resenting Mark later on?
  • Moral Event Horizon: Henry drowned his baby brother. Over a toy.
  • Narm:
    • Henry falling to his death could have been pretty dramatic if it wasn't for the fact that there's no way in the world young Macaulay Culkin screaming doesn't remind you of Kevin McCallister.
    • All of the creepy scenes of Henry with any of the adults would have been effective if they weren't so dumb and oblivious.
  • Special Effects Failure: When Henry shoves his mother off the cliff at the end and she catches a branch halfway down, the cable holding her up is clearly visible.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Many critics decried the casting of Macaulay Culkin in the role thanks to his kid-friendly Home Alone series, many children hero-worshiped him and marketing research indicated extreme interest by children in the film entirely because of Culkin's presence. If the number of anecdotes by people mentioning this film gave them nightmares indicates, they probably saw it anyway in spite of the R-rating.
  • The Woobie: Definitely Mark, he lost his mother. Then it looks like he's going to bond with his cousin Henry, only to find out that Henry is Ax-Crazy. Then when he tries to warn everyone about Henry, they think he's the one who's crazy.
    • Connie is in the Iron Woobie territory. She'd have to be strong to live with a monster like Henry her whole life.

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