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* {{Jerkass}}: Solomon doesn't seem like the most pleasant boss...
* JerkassHasAPoint: ...but while he isn't remotely kind in his criticism of Donnie, he doesn't have much reason to hold onto an employee who's regularly late and can't make his sales quota.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Downplayed but it seems that Rick knows he's abusive, even describing his actions as such to other parents, and doesn't seem too bothered by that fact.


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* HateSink: Most of the characters are too sympathetic or messed up to hate or have some redeeming traits. But Rick is just an asshole the whole way through.

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* TheCharmer: He's very charismatic.


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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Invoked in his interview where he claims that, despite his ideology, he's still close with his mother. [[spoiler: This may be a straight example as Frank did genuinely love his mother and see her die while his father did nothing had a serious effect on him]].


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* MrFanservice: Gets a brief scene in his underwear to show off his ripped physique.


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* PromotionToParent: Stanley, hurrying to get ready for school, reminds his father they're out of dog food: promptly--and almost imperceptibly--establishing which member of the Spector household is fully-engaged and responsible. In the green room--after the on-air meltdown of the show's host, and its brightest contestant--Daddy throws a tantrum (and a chair). Role reversal complete: as a parent, Rick has been [[DisappearedDad invisible]].

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* PromotionToParent: Stanley, hurrying to get ready for school, reminds his father they're out of dog food: promptly--and promptly -- and almost imperceptibly--establishing imperceptibly -- establishing which member of the Spector household is fully-engaged and responsible. In the green room--after room -- after the on-air meltdown of the show's host, and its brightest contestant--Daddy contestant -- Daddy throws a tantrum (and a chair). Role reversal complete: as a parent, Rick has been [[DisappearedDad invisible]].



* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:His father's abandonment, and the death of his mother molded him into the character we see in the film]]

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* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:His father's abandonment, and the death of his mother molded him into the character we see in the film]]film.]]



* AbusiveParent: [[spoiler: May have molested Claudia.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Can't actually recall whether he [[spoiler: sexually abused his daughter]], which (if so) altered her life from that point forward.
* [[DepravedKidsShowHost Depraved Family Game Show Host]]: Alcoholic, unfaithful, [[spoiler: and may have molested his daughter.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: Attempts to take his own life after his wife finds out that he quite possibly molested their daughter. However, the rain of frogs that occurs during the end of the film causes him to misfire his gun.]]
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: With Claudia, though he's not 100% sure about it.]]
* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: he has the same cancer Earl does.]]

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* AbusiveParent: [[spoiler: May [[spoiler:May have molested Claudia.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Can't actually recall whether he [[spoiler: sexually [[spoiler:sexually abused his daughter]], which (if so) altered her life from that point forward.
* [[DepravedKidsShowHost Depraved Family Game Show Host]]: Alcoholic, unfaithful, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and may have molested his daughter.]]
daughter]].
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: Attempts [[spoiler:Attempts to take his own life after his wife finds out that he quite possibly molested their daughter. However, the rain of frogs that occurs during the end of the film causes him to misfire his gun.]]
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With Claudia, though he's not 100% sure about it.]]
* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:He has the same cancer Earl does.]]



* OnlySaneMan: Has to deal with caring for a dying man, the erratic mood of said man's wife, and tracking down the man's long lost son. In spite of this, he keeps it together.

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* OnlySaneMan: Has to deal with caring for a dying man, the erratic mood of said man's wife, and tracking down the man's long lost long-lost son. In spite of this, he keeps it together.



* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:She originally intended to marry Earl Patridge in order to gain his fortune after he died, but she eventually fell in love with him genuinely.]]

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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:She originally intended to marry Earl Patridge [[GoldDigger in order to gain his fortune after he died, died]], but she eventually fell in love with him genuinely.]]



* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Subverted. She initially married Earl for his money but then she genuinely fell in love with him to the extent that out of guilt she even tried to have his will changed so that she would no longer be his heir.]]

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* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Subverted. [[spoiler:Subverted. She initially married Earl for his money money, but then she genuinely fell in love with him him, to the extent that that, out of guilt guilt, she even tried to have his will changed so that she would no longer be his heir.]]



* YourCheatingHeart: She admits to have cheated on Earl many, many times

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* YourCheatingHeart: She admits to have having cheated on Earl many, many timestimes.



* HopeBringer:[[spoiler: May be one for Claudia.]]

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* HopeBringer:[[spoiler: May HopeBringer: [[spoiler:May be one for Claudia.]]



* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: With Linda.]]

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* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With Linda.]]



* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Jimmy. Maybe.]]

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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Jimmy.[[spoiler:Jimmy. Maybe.]]



* FunctionalAddict: Well, barely functional
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:At the hands of Jimmy.]]

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* FunctionalAddict: Well, barely functional
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* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:At the hands of Jimmy. Possibly.]]



* AdvertisedExtra: Even though she introduces herself in one of the trailers like the rest of the characters, she has a more peripheral role, on part with Solomon Solomon

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* AdvertisedExtra: Even though she introduces herself in one of the trailers like the rest of the characters, she has a more peripheral role, on part with Solomon SolomonSolomon.



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: She has a fondness for these.



* {{Foil}}: To Donny. Whereas Donny is a StraightGay naive, has an idealistic perspective on love crush on Brad the Bartener, Thurston is a somewhat CampGay cynic who uses money to get Brad's attention and sees the bartender as little more than a boy toy.

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* {{Foil}}: To Donny. Whereas Donny is a StraightGay StraightGay, naive, has an idealistic perspective on love love, and a genuine crush on Brad the Bartener, Thurston is a somewhat CampGay cynic who uses money to get Brad's attention and sees the bartender as little more than a boy toy.


* PromotionToParent: Stanley, hurrying to get ready for school, reminds his father they're out of dog food: promptly--and almost imperceptibly--establishing which member of the Spector household is fully-engaged and responsible. In the green room--after the on-air meltdown of the show's host, and its brightest contestant--Daddy throws a tantrum (and a chair). Role reversal complete: as a parent, Rick has been [[DisappearedDad invisible]].



* {{Jerkass}}: The persona he's built around himself

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* {{Jerkass}}: The persona he's built around himselfhimself.



* ChildProdigy: Formerly. Now he's a ManChild



* FormerChildStar: A former Child Prodigy on a TV quiz show who developed into a ManChild and fell on hard times.



* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Out of guilt over her infidelity.
* GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Subverted. She initially married Earl for his money but then she genuinely fell in love with him to the extent that out of guilt she even tried to have his will changed so that she would no longer be his heir.]]



* PrettyInMink: She appears in one in her first scene with the family lawyer.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Because of the age difference.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Because An elderly and rather withered movie executive dying of the age difference.cancer married to a gorgeous trophy wife several decades younger than him.


* ADateWithRosiePalms: Subverted. Phil looks to be going down this route when he orders a bunch of porn from a delivery service, but it turns out he was looking to find Frank's business number among the ads.



* YourCheatingHeart: She admits to have cheated on Earth many, many times

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* YourCheatingHeart: She admits to have cheated on Earth Earl many, many times

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Can't actually recall whether he [[spoiler: sexually abused his daughter]], which (if so) altered her life from that point forward.

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*{{Foil}}: To Donny. Whereas Donny is a StraightGay naive, has an idealistic perspective on love crush on Brad the Bartener, Thurston is a somewhat CampGay cynic who uses money to get Brad's attention and sees the bartender as little more than a boy toy.


->'''Played By''': Philip Baker Hall & Thomas Jane

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->'''Played By''': Philip Baker Hall & Thomas Jane
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->'''Played By''': William H. Macy

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->'''Played By''': William H. Macy
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* {{Bookworm}}: He spends most of his time reading and carries a large numbers of books and encyclopedias to school



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* {{Jerkass}}: The persona he's built around himself



%%* AbusiveParent

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%%* AbusiveParent* AbusiveParent: [[spoiler: May have molested Claudia.]]
* [[DepravedKidsShowHost Depraved Family Game Show Host]]: Alcoholic, unfaithful, [[spoiler: and may have molested his daughter.]]



* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: he has the same cancer Earl does.]]



* ChildProdigy: Formerly.

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* ChildProdigy: Formerly. Now he's a ManChild



* {{Golddigger}}: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]

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* {{Golddigger}}: GoldDigger: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]



%%* YourCheatingHeart

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%%* YourCheatingHeart* UglyGuyHotWife: Because of the age difference.
* YourCheatingHeart: She admits to have cheated on Earth many, many times


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*AdvertisedExtra: Even though she introduces herself in one of the trailers like the rest of the characters, she has a more peripheral role, on part with Solomon Solomon
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->'''Played By''': Michael Bowen

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->'''Played By''': Michael Bowen
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* [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment]]: [[spoiler:By Earl.]]

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* [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment]]: ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:By Earl.]]



* [[spoiler: InterruptedSuicide]]: [[spoiler: Attempts to take his own life after his wife finds out that he quite possibly molested their daughter. However, the rain of frogs that occurs during the end of the film causes him to misfire his gun.]]
* [[spoiler:ParentalIncest]]: [[spoiler: With Claudia, though he's not 100% sure about it.]]

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* [[spoiler: InterruptedSuicide]]: InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: Attempts to take his own life after his wife finds out that he quite possibly molested their daughter. However, the rain of frogs that occurs during the end of the film causes him to misfire his gun.]]
* [[spoiler:ParentalIncest]]: ParentalIncest: [[spoiler: With Claudia, though he's not 100% sure about it.]]



* [[spoiler:MayDecemberRomance]]: [[spoiler:With Earl.]]

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* [[spoiler:MayDecemberRomance]]: MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler:With Earl.]]



* [[spoiler:MayDecemberRomance]]: [[spoiler: With Linda.]]

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* [[spoiler:MayDecemberRomance]]: MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: With Linda.]]



* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents]]: [[spoiler: Jimmy. Maybe.]]

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* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents]]: AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Jimmy. Maybe.]]



* [[spoiler:ParentalIncest]]: [[spoiler:At the hands of Jimmy.]]
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]: Her possible backstory.

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* [[spoiler:ParentalIncest]]: ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:At the hands of Jimmy.]]
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]: RapeAsBackstory: Her possible backstory.


* AlliterativeName:'''S'''tanley '''S'''pector.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Stanley doesn't get a break once during the movie

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* AlliterativeName:'''S'''tanley AlliterativeName: '''S'''tanley '''S'''pector.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Stanley doesn't get a break once during the moviemovie.

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