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* PoliceAreUseless: Neither Justin nor Coletti are able to make any actual headway in their investigation of Dee's murder. [[spoiler: In the end, Gail tells Coletti about Enid's activities and her role in Dee's death, but by then it's too late: Enid is already dead, her money taken by Alexis, and Mary Beth and Priscilla have successfully covered up their role in Gorski's death, with the old ladies help.]]

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* GoodIsNotSoft: Priscilla is clearly the more homely and responsible of the sisters. However, when push comes to shove [[spoiler: (or stab in this case),]] she lies to police officials to protect Mary Beth and even [[spoiler: dismembers a dead body with a fillet knife to make it fit inside a cooler!]]

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* WhamShot: [[spoiler: At the film’s end, Mary Beth and Priscilla walk through their neighborhood, relieved that their ordeal is over, cheerfully greeting their neighbors...and then they walk past Susie Gallagher, hosing out a bloody cooler.]]


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* [[BewaretheNiceOnes Beware the Nice Ones]]: The old lady posse are kind and their aggression is generally limited to [[PassiveAggressiveKombat peer pressure]], but by the end of the movie [[spoiler: they coordinate to dispose of Gorski's body in retribution of his murder of a prostitute shortly before]].


* TheAlcoholic: Enid spends most of the film drinking and has passed out by the time that [[spoiler:Alexis [[VorpalPillow smothers her]]. Also applies to Mary Beth, who had bottles of liquor hidden in her store and home, though she seems to have successfully hidden it from her daughters]].

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* TheAlcoholic: Enid spends most of the film drinking and has passed out by the time that [[spoiler:Alexis [[VorpalPillow smothers her]]. Also applies to Mary Beth, Beth and Priscilla's mother, who had bottles of liquor hidden in her store and home, though she seems to have successfully hidden it from her daughters]].


* TheAlcoholic: Enid spends most of the film drinking and has passed out by the time that [[spoiler:Alexis [[VorpalPillow smothers her]]. Also applies to Mary Beth, who had bottles of liquor hidden in her store and home, though she seems to have successfully hidden it from her daughters]].



* SocietyMarchesOn: The brothel was originally made to provide and outlet for randy sailors who threaten to seduce/rape their way through all of the good women of the town. But now, the era where most men see that as acceptable (and where there wouldn't be legal avenues to get them convicted) is gone, and the brothel is a more seedy, exploitive operation that none of the women besides Enid feel comftorable about.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: The brothel was originally made to provide and outlet for randy sailors who threaten to seduce/rape their way through all of the good women of the town. But now, the era where most men see that as acceptable (and where there wouldn't be legal avenues to get them convicted) is gone, and the brothel is a more seedy, exploitive operation that none of the women besides Enid feel comftorable comfortable about.


* WhatAnIdiot: Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].

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* WhatAnIdiot: Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].her]].
* WretchedHive: The docks are referred to as 'The Desert' and are where most of the drugs and prostitution in town take place.


* BlackComedy: Much of the film, though special mention goes to [[spoiler: Gorski getting killed with a harpoon]].



* DisposableSexWorker: Averted. The death of a young prostitute kicks off the plot and causes the old lady posse to turn on Enid. Not to mention that her friend spends rest of the movie mourning her.[[spoiler: The old lady posse even goes to great lengths to ''hide the body of her killer'']]



* GreekChorus:While the singing fishermen never actually describe the plot, their singing is a good indicator of the mood for a given section of the movie, and they seem to be hovering in the background during key events without the other characters acknowledging their presence.

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* GreekChorus:While GreekChorus: While the singing fishermen never actually describe the plot, their singing is a good indicator of the mood for a given section of the movie, and they seem to be hovering in the background during key events without the other characters acknowledging their presence.


* WhatAnIdiot! Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].

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* WhatAnIdiot! WhatAnIdiot: Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].


* WhatAnIdiot!: Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].

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* WhatAnIdiot!: WhatAnIdiot! Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].


* WeUsedToBeFriends: Enid and the other old women, who now work to try and drive her out of town, while she fights to keep the brothel open.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Enid and the other old women, who now work to try and drive her out of town, while she fights to keep the brothel open.open.
* WhatAnIdiot!: Mary Beth's decisions set off the story's chain of events. But while it's understandable for her to hang out with Gorski when she's upset (not knowing his true nature) or for her to [[spoiler: kill him in self-defense... it becomes less so when she pockets a mysterious bag with thousands of dollars and then immediately uses a $100 bill as payment for a drink in a town where her family's financial troubles are common knowledge. As you can guess, this comes back to bite her]].

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* AllGirlsLikeBadBoys: Mary Beth has a history of this.

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* AllGirlsLikeBadBoys: AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Mary Beth has a history of this.


* AllGirlsLikeBadBoys: Mary Beth has a history of this.
* CoolOldLady: Susie, Doreen and Gail who fashion themselves as protectors of the town in a sense and are viewed with absolute trust and affection by most of its residents.



* FatAndSkinny: Justin and Coletti.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Mary Beth goes out looking for bad boys, can't hide her bitterness and kill a man then insists on covering it up. Priscilla is more practical, good at running the family fish shop, more of a caregiver towards their late mother and more capable at (somewhat hesitantly) covering up the crime. Unusually for this trope, Mary Beth is the one who wants to go to college and make something more of herself).



* HyperCompetentSidekick: Justin does most of the real police work on the case.



* OldFashionedCopper: Officer Coletti provides a non-British example with his swaggering nature, and casual complacency towards the local brothel.
* NoTellMotel: Enid's "bed and breakfast".
* SecretKeeper: Susie, Gail and Doreen eventually figure out what the sisters did and try to cover for them.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The brothel was originally made to provide and outlet for randy sailors who threaten to seduce/rape their way through all of the good women of the town. But now, the era where most men see that as acceptable (and where there wouldn't be legal avenues to get them convicted) is gone, and the brothel is a more seedy, exploitive operation that none of the women besides Enid feel comftorable about.



* VorpalPillow: [[spoiler: Alexis smother Enid in her sleep at the end]].

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* VorpalPillow: [[spoiler: Alexis smother Enid in her sleep at the end]].end]].
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Enid and the other old women, who now work to try and drive her out of town, while she fights to keep the brothel open.

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