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** Preston is given just $6 to spend at the carnival; he ends up finding only two kiddie rides worth that little.
** Part of Preston's father's EstablishingCharacterMoment is filling a blank check that Preston's grandparents sent him as a birthday present with the grand deposit sum of ''two dollars'' (even if Preston's deadpan request for him to make it for a million dollars was as excessive as he chastised him for, there is no bank in history with an interest rate good enough to make something so little a "worthwhile addition" as he tells Preston -- Preston uses his brothers' computer to calculate how much it would take him to earn a million on the interest rate of the account his father set for him alone and it comes back to about ''a thousand years''). And he still gives Preston flak over not earning money.

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** Preston is given just $6 $2 to spend at the carnival; he ends up finding only two kiddie rides worth that little.
** Part of Preston's father's EstablishingCharacterMoment is filling a blank check that Preston's grandparents sent him as a birthday present with the grand deposit sum of ''two ''eleven dollars'' (even if Preston's deadpan request for him to make it for a million dollars was as excessive as he chastised him for, there is no bank in history with an interest rate good enough to make something so little a "worthwhile addition" as he tells Preston -- Preston uses his brothers' computer to calculate how much it would take him to earn a million on the interest rate of the account his father set for him alone and it comes back to about ''a thousand years''). And he still gives Preston flak over not earning money.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the Art James GameShow of the same name that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} for 26 weeks in 1975.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the Art James GameShow of the same name that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} for 26 weeks in 1975.
1975, or the movie podcast ''Podcast/BlankCheckWithGriffinAndDavid'', which eventually did cover their namesake for one of its episodes.


** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money and the mother is little better - she seldom initiates the abuse but she does give her support. His parents essentially let Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12 and they don't do anything to help him accomplish this, either. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.

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** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother.parents. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money and the mother is little better - she seldom initiates the abuse but she does give her support. His parents essentially let Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12 and they don't do anything to help him accomplish this, either. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.


** Part of Preston's father's EstablishingCharacterMoment is filling a blank check that Preston's grandparents sent him as a birthday present with the grand deposit sum of ''two dollars'' (even if Preston's deadpan request for him to make it for a million dollars was as excessive as he chastised him for, there is no bank in history with an interest rate good enough to make something so little a "worthwhile addition" as he tells Preston -- Preston uses his brothers' computer to calculate how much it would take him to earn a million on the interest rate of the account his father set for him alone and it comes back to about ''a thousand years''). And he still gives Preston flak over not earning money.



** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money and the mother is little better - she seldom initiates the abuse but she does give her support. His parents essentially let Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.

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** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money and the mother is little better - she seldom initiates the abuse but she does give her support. His parents essentially let Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12.12 and they don't do anything to help him accomplish this, either. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Quigley and his goons kidnap the bully who has been harassing Preston for most of the film and give him a HighAltitudeInterrogation to try to find out where the money is. He tearfully tells them about Preston and his "assistant work" for "Mr. Macintosh".



* ObliviouslyEvil: Preston's parents, especially his father. They constantly mock their 12 year old child for having any money, humiliate him in front of his classmates by giving him pennies to spend at a theme park, and allow his brothers to bully and harass him just because they "have a business." When Preston is nearly ran over by a car, the parents are more concerned with his ruined bike. Instead of recognizing how badly they are traumatizing their youngest son, all of this abuse is portrayed as regular, no-nonsense parenting.
* ParentalFavoritism: Preston's father prefers his brothers over him because they're starting their own business...[[FridgeLogic despite]] being HopelessWithTech even by early-90's standards.

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* PapaWolf: Really downplayed and even unearned -- at the climax of the film, before the HomeAloneAntics kick in and after Preston figures out that he only has like $300 left of the million from all the expenses he's done so far, his dad walks into "Mr. Machintosh's" office and talks to the back of the seat where Mr. Machintosh (actually Preston) is sitting in and gives him a speech about how he dislikes that he's taking his son's time away from him with his "assistant" work and how everything he's done so far in the movie is giving Preston some necessary (although admittedly maybe excessive in retrospective) ToughLove before walking out. Preston's response is a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment... but once more, Preston's been irresponsible and his dad's been a jackass. Neither side comes off well here.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Preston's parents, especially his father. They constantly mock their 12 year old child for not having any money, humiliate him in front of his classmates by giving him pennies to spend at a theme park, and allow his brothers to bully and harass him just because they "have a business." When Preston is nearly ran over by a car, the parents are more concerned with his ruined bike. Instead of recognizing how badly they are traumatizing their youngest son, all of this abuse is portrayed as regular, no-nonsense parenting.
* ParentalFavoritism: Preston's father prefers his brothers over him because they're starting their own business... [[FridgeLogic despite]] being HopelessWithTech even by early-90's standards.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Preston's father prefers his brothers over him because they're starting their own business...[[FridgeLogic despite]] being HopelessWithTech even by early-90's standards.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Despite treating him poorly, Preston's father's assessment of his son turns out to be correct. Preston gets a million dollars and fritters it away on junk food, a castle, and amusement rides for his backyard, showing no sense of responsibility or altruism with his fortune.
** That being said, his father certainly didn't help him ''learn'' responsibility. A kid who's only given a pittance to spend at a carnival is going to have trouble realizing just how fast you can blow large amounts of money. Quite simply, Preston acted like he'd won the lottery, having no knowledge how handle wealth--something he'd never had before.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Despite treating him poorly, Preston's father's assessment of his son turns out to be correct. Preston gets a million dollars and fritters it away on junk food, a castle, and amusement rides for his backyard, showing no sense of responsibility or altruism with his fortune.
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fortune. That being said, his father certainly didn't help him ''learn'' responsibility. A kid who's only given a pittance to spend at a carnival is going to have trouble realizing just how fast you can blow large amounts of money. Quite simply, Preston acted like he'd won the lottery, having no knowledge how handle wealth--something he'd never had before.



* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Apart from the fact that his family is abusive towards him, everything Preston does is treated as right, not to mention how no one in-universe has a problem with Shay.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Apart from the fact that his family is abusive towards him, everything Preston does is treated as right, not to mention how no one in-universe has a problem with his relationship with Shay.


* ObliviouslyEvil: Preston's parents, especially his father. They constantly mock their 10 year old child for having any money, humiliate him in front of his classmates by giving him pennies to spend at a theme park, and allow his brothers to bully and harass him just because they "have a business." When Preston is nearly ran over by a car, the parents are more concerned with his ruined bike. Instead of recognizing how badly they are traumatizing their youngest son, all of this abuse is portrayed as regular, no-nonsense parenting.

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* ObliviouslyEvil: Preston's parents, especially his father. They constantly mock their 10 12 year old child for having any money, humiliate him in front of his classmates by giving him pennies to spend at a theme park, and allow his brothers to bully and harass him just because they "have a business." When Preston is nearly ran over by a car, the parents are more concerned with his ruined bike. Instead of recognizing how badly they are traumatizing their youngest son, all of this abuse is portrayed as regular, no-nonsense parenting.


** Preston misused the blank check Quigley gave him, spent all of the money Quigley had stolen in a week, and possibly forged the signature for the castle deed. In the end, Quigley returns to jail on his own charges, but also gets any of Preston's possible crimes pinned to him. Preston gets to go home and return to quite suburban life.

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** Preston misused the blank check Quigley gave him, spent all of the money Quigley had stolen in a week, and possibly forged the signature for the castle deed. In the end, Quigley returns to jail on his own charges, but also gets any of Preston's possible crimes pinned to him. Preston gets to go home and return to quite his quiet suburban life.

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* ObliviouslyEvil: Preston's parents, especially his father. They constantly mock their 10 year old child for having any money, humiliate him in front of his classmates by giving him pennies to spend at a theme park, and allow his brothers to bully and harass him just because they "have a business." When Preston is nearly ran over by a car, the parents are more concerned with his ruined bike. Instead of recognizing how badly they are traumatizing their youngest son, all of this abuse is portrayed as regular, no-nonsense parenting.


* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Shay kisses Preston on the lips even though he's a prepubescent boy, while surrounded by police officers no less. If the genders were switched, the movie would likely never have been released and there'd be some real-life arrests.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: DoubleStandard: Shay kisses Preston on the lips even though he's a prepubescent boy, while surrounded by police officers no less. If the genders were switched, the movie would likely never have been released and there'd be some real-life arrests.



** Preston is given just $6 to spend at the carnival. He ends up finding only two kiddie rides worth that little.

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** Preston is given just $6 to spend at the carnival. He carnival; he ends up finding only two kiddie rides worth that little.



* KarmaHoudini: Preston misused the blank check Quigley gave him, spent all of the money Quigley had stolen in a week, and possibly forged the signature for the castle deed. In the end Quigley returns to jail on his own charges, but also gets any of Preston's possible crimes pinned to him. Preston gets to go home and return to quite suburban life.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Preston misused the blank check Quigley gave him, spent all of the money Quigley had stolen in a week, and possibly forged the signature for the castle deed. In the end end, Quigley returns to jail on his own charges, but also gets any of Preston's possible crimes pinned to him. Preston gets to go home and return to quite suburban life.



* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with Juice. But he ''is'' a criminal.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with Juice. But Juice, but he ''is'' a criminal.


[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the Art James GameShow of the same name that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} for 26 weeks in 1975.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the Art James GameShow of the same name that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} for 26 weeks in 1975.


** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money, hence he essentially lets Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.

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** Preston's father and, to a lesser extent, his mother. Dad's a capitalist douchebag who only cares about his sons as long as they're trying to earn money, hence he money and the mother is little better - she seldom initiates the abuse but she does give her support. His parents essentially lets let Preston's older brothers be complete assholes to him simply because they're starting up their own business and he isn't. isn't. Never mind the fact that Preston is approximately 12. The most jaw-dropping moment, however, is probably when Preston's bike is run over by a car and his parents are more concerned with the fact that he "didn't take care of his property" than, you know, ''the fact that their son was almost hit by a car.'' They then proceed to ground him for saying that the way they treat him compared to his brothers is unfair, totally unaware that they just proved him right.


* {{Fanservice}}: Shay Stanley for the boys and [[ParentService their dads]] in the audience.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Shay kisses Preston on the lips even though he's a prepubescent boy, while surrounded by police officers no less. If the genders were switched, the movie would likely never have been released and there'd be some real-life arrests.
* {{Fanservice}}: Shay Stanley for the boys and [[ParentService their dads]] in the audience.audience, if you can look past the fact she [[PaedoHunt technically dates and actually romantically kisses a child!]].


** Also Shay Stanley, a woman in her thirties who [[PaedoHunt kisses a prepubescent boy on the lips]], '''in front of police officers''', and promises to check in on him when he's thirteen!



* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with Juice. But he ''is'' a criminal.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Apart from the fact that his family is abusive towards him, everything Preston does is treated as right, not to mention how no one in-universe has a problem with Shay.
* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with Juice. But he ''is'' a criminal.



* WellDoneSonGuy: Preston, which is strange considering his dad is a complete {{jerkass}}.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: Preston, which is strange considering his dad is a complete {{jerkass}}.{{jerkass}}.
* WouldHurtAChild: The criminals have no qualms about kidnapping or violent revenge against Preston for taking their money.


** Preston is given just $1 to spend at the carnival. He ends up finding only one ride worth that little.

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** Preston is given just $1 $6 to spend at the carnival. He ends up finding only one ride two kiddie rides worth that little.

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