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* BrokenTreasure: [[Leaf chews up and destroys the money that Boy has been searching for in the field.]]

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* BrokenTreasure: [[Leaf [[spoiler:Leaf chews up and destroys the money that Boy has been searching for in the field.]]

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* BrokenTreasure: [[Leaf chews up and destroys the money that Boy has been searching for in the field.]]

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*BullyingTheDisabled: The character of "Weirdo" is called "mental" by the main character, who throws rocks at the man and taunts him.

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*RealityHasNoSubtitles: When characters in the film speak Maori, it is not translated.


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After his relationship with his father goes into the dumps, Boy throws himself backward off the local bridge, only to be rescued by the local loner whom he had earlier tormented]].


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* RailingKill: Well, almost. [[spoiler:After his relationship with his father goes off the rails, Boy sits on the railing of the bridge to reflect. However, being [[DrowingMySorrows high and drunk]], he falls over backwards off the railing. Fortunately he's rescued by the local loner whom he had earlier tormented.]]

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* BoomerangBigot: Alamein reveals that he drew a swastika on his old bedroom wall, though he's matured enough to admonish his own son to not "get involved in the Nazi stuff."


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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After his relationship with his father goes into the dumps, Boy throws himself backward off the local bridge, only to be rescued by the local loner whom he had earlier tormented]].


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* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Boy picks on a mentaly challenged man who is always out scavenging on the beach. Rocky strikes up a conversation with him and learns that he's a pretty decent guy in spite of his lack of friends. Later, the man rescues Boy from drowning.


* BrokenPedastel: Boy idolizes his father, but his father quickly lets him down.

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* BrokenPedastel: BrokenPedestal: Boy idolizes his father, but his father quickly lets him down.


* BrokenPedastel: Boy idolizes his father, but his father quickly lets him down.



* ChekhovsGun: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the copper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brandnew microwave.

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* ChekhovsGun: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the copper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brandnew microwave.brand new microwave.
* CulturalCringe: When Boy asks his father if samurai were like traditional Maori warriors, Alamein sniffs and says they were ''much better.''



* OnceMoreWithClarity: Boy recalls his mother's death by childbirth, with Alamein weeping at her bedside. When he recalls the scene again later, he remembers that Alamein was not there.



* RunningGag: A [[FunnySpoon spoon]] being misused, among others as a dash key or as a screwdriver. Boy even claims that his father escaped from prison using a spoon.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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A [[FunnySpoon spoon]] being misused, among others as a dash key or as a screwdriver. Boy even claims that his father escaped from prison using a spoon.spoon.
** The microwave being mistaken as a television.
** People calling each other "egg" as an insult.


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** Alamein asks to be called "Shogun" after seeing a copy of James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]''.


Not to be confused with the Japanese film ''Film/Boy1969''.

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Not to be confused with the Japanese film ''Film/Boy1969''.''Film/Boy1969'', ''Film/TheBoy'' or ''Film/TheBoy2015''.


* WellDoneSonGuy: Boy turns into this, trying to act like his father, because he doesn't want him to leave them again.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: Boy turns into this, trying to act like his father, because he doesn't want him to leave them again. \n [[spoiler: A major part of his CharacterDevelopment stems from seeing through his father's selfishness and disregard for his children and finally realizing that the man he once idolized isn't worth the trouble.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Boy's grandmother returns, meaning that that he, Rocky and their cousins have a caring and responsible adult looking after them. However, Boy's image of his father has been largely shattered. Alamein turns out to still be around, so the possibility of reconciliation is there. However, it's not clear if Alamein plans on sticking around or if he'll just run off on his family again.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Boy's grandmother returns, meaning that that he, Rocky and their cousins have a caring and responsible adult looking after them. However, Boy's image of his father has been largely shattered. Alamein turns out to still be around, so the possibility of reconciliation is there. However, it's not clear if Alamein plans on sticking around or if he'll just run off on his family again.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Boy's grandmother returns, meaning that that he, Rocky and their cousins have a caring and responsible adult looking after them. However, Boy's image of his father has been largely shattered. Alamein turns out to still be around, so the possibility of reconciliation is there. However, it's not clear if Alamein plans on sticking around or if he'll just run off on his family again.]]



* ChekhovsGun: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the cupper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brandnew microwave.

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* ChekhovsGun: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the cupper copper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brandnew microwave.


** [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] gets mentioned when Alamein talks about criminal and violent people who are actually good guys.

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** [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] gets mentioned when Alamein talks about criminal and violent people who are actually good guys. Seven years later, Waititi got to make a movie [[Film/ThorRagnarok that starred the Hulk]].


* TheLostLenore: Likely out of pride, he doesn't ever express it, but it's evident from his visits to the graveyard that the father does misses his wife very much.

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* TheLostLenore: Likely out of pride, he doesn't ever express it, but it's evident from his visits to the graveyard that the father does misses miss his wife very much.


* CallBack: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the cupper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brand-new microwave.


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* ChekhovsGun: When [[spoiler:Leaf eats all the money of Alamein's plunder]], Boy remembers one of his father's friends talking about melting the cupper door knobs of the house and selling them. Unfortunately, he tries to melt them in the brandnew microwave.

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