YMMV / The Good Son

  • Fridge Horror: Just how much abuse Connie had suffered over the years at the hands of Henry?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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 good chance that Mark could be sent to a juvenile detention center after the events of the movie as everyone, except Susan, has written him off as a nutcase due to Henry's manipulations. Furthermore, Susan could get into serious problems with her marriage the minute she tries to explain to her husband what happened to Henry. Also, even if Mark's name gets cleared and Susan's marriage escapes unscathed, she could end up gradually resenting him later on because by choosing the life of her husband's nephew over that of her remaining son, Susan destroyed any hope of rehabilitating her own flesh and blood.
  • 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.
    • Really, the fact that the movie constantly hones in on the fact that Henry is evil and refuses to make it subtle is fairly narmy.
  • The Scrappy: Wallace, so much as he enforces the Adults Are Useless trope, refusing to believe his nephew about their son. He really crosses the line, though, when he locks up his nephew after Henry pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Almost makes you wish Henry would kill him next.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many viewers note that the film's premise about an evil boy isn't bad at all; it's just that Henry is so over-the-top and one-dimensionally evil, and the film does nothing to explore the implications and reasons behind a child being that way. We Need to Talk About Kevin and Orphan are generally considered to execute similar premises much better.
  • 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.
    • Susan takes the cake. First her youngest son (who was still only a baby) drowns in the bathtub, then her daughter is nearly killed after falling through thin ice. After she finds out her other son is a total sociopath who was responsible for both of these incidents, he tries to kill her too and she winds up having to drop him off a cliff in order to save both herself and her nephew. Oh, and it's never revealed whether or not her daughter recovered.
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