YMMV / The Kite Runner

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Amir a misunderstood boy who wants his father’s affections? A coward who always runs from his problems? Or a selfish but still caring person? It seems that everyone sees Amir differently.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Some people see Amir as a protagonist everyone can relate to who has to tackle the obstacles in his path, while others see him as a spineless jerk who only cares about himself.
  • Broken Base: Over the film as to whether it's a good adaptation of the book or not.
  • Complete Monster: Assef rapes Amir's servant, Hassan, because he wouldn't give him a kite, and then goes on to become a member of the Taliban, where he takes small children from orphanages to become sex slaves, one of them the orphaned son of Hassan!. As a cherry on top, he actually ''admires'' Adolf Hitler. By that point he's already shown himself to be a nasty villain in many respects.
  • Hollywood Homely: In the book, Ali is described as having his face muscles damaged by a sickness, and Hassan having a harelip. Neither are present in the film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Amir is shown to be stubborn and often outwit on Hassan with tricks for his amusement. But he has a father who doesn’t appreciate the way he is, feels guilt about “killing” his mom when she gave birth to him and Hassan is his only friend. He may be a jerk sometimes, but what Amir had to go through was rough.
  • Moe: Hassan is loyal, innocent (or too innocent as Amir mentions) and a bit naïve. It’s no surprise that people find him adorable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Assef, see Rape as Drama on the Main page.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, the Afghan child actors who played young Amir and young Hassan respectively, had never acted before and have never acted again. In fact, acting in the movie caused major problems after shooting finished, because many questioned sending them back to Kabul, where their families feared attacks because of the homosexual themes in the movie. They were relocated to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Even though Hassan is a nice person who would do anything for Amir, he is often subjected to racial comments by the Afghans for being a Hazara. But a lot of people adore Hassan and sympathize him for what he went through.
  • The Woobie: Hassan, oh so much.
    • Sohrab.