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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Nai starts questioning Ben on the intricacies of sex during the trip, Kielyr can be seen trying not to laugh in the background. Later, when Ben decides to knuckle down and give him a full book on the subject, she can be seen again be seen staring in mute horror just behind Ben.


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* KnightOfCerebus: Not in the traditional sense, but Jack's arrival in the narrative marks the point where the film loses much of its FishOutOfWater humour and becomes more serious as it looks at the pitfalls of Ben's parenting more closely.


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---> '''Ben:''' Jesus...
---> '''Zaja:''' [shaking her head, thinking he means the photo behind her] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Pol Pot]].


* ImportantHaircut: When Ben [[spoiler:leaves his children]], he shaves his beard. Later, Bodevan cuts his hair short, just before the [[spoiler:funeral]].

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* ImportantHaircut: When Ben [[spoiler:leaves his children]], he shaves his beard. Later, Bodevan cuts his hair short, just before the [[spoiler:funeral]].Leslie's [[spoiler:cremation]].



* PosthumousCharacter: Leslie's death is what kicks off the family's adventure. Though she never appears outside of Ben's visions, how Ben, the kids and Jack variously choose to see and remember her drives much of the film.

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* PosthumousCharacter: Leslie's death is what kicks off the family's adventure. Though she never appears outside of Ben's visions, visions until [[spoiler:the family steal her body for cremation]], how Ben, the kids and Jack variously choose to see and remember her drives much of the film.


** Ben's shooting down Bo's university hopes in favour of staying with the family seems at least partially motivated by a fear of losing any of his kids so soon after losing his wife. It's also subtly suggested, given his admissions to the kids near the end, that hs desire to prove his lifestyle's superiority in the scenes with his sister stems from an unwillingness to acknowledge that his own role in it failing to help his wife's illness as he thought.

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** Ben's shooting down Bo's university hopes in favour of staying with the family seems at least partially motivated by a fear of losing any of his kids so soon after losing his wife. It's also subtly suggested, given his admissions to the kids near the end, that hs his desire to prove his lifestyle's superiority in the scenes with his sister stems from an unwillingness to acknowledge that his own role in it failing failed to help his wife's illness wife as he thought.thought, and that other parts of his teachings might prove equally fallible.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Ben preaches discourse among the family and acceptance of other viewpoints, but he's utterly incapable of seeing that there's anything wrong with the way he's raising his family - to the point the kids are basically unable to truly challenge him on anything major. When they do eventually express contrary views he either yells at them and overrides their viewpoints (just after the funeral service) or attempts to ignore it entirely (when he goes to get Rellian and essentially tells him to get back on the bus until the equally willful Jack [[ItMakesSenceInContext gets his attention by shooting an arrow at him]]).

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Ben preaches discourse among the family and acceptance of other viewpoints, but he's utterly incapable of seeing that there's anything wrong with the way he's raising his family - to the point the kids are basically unable to truly challenge him on anything major. When they do eventually express contrary views he either yells at them and overrides their viewpoints (just after the funeral service) or attempts to ignore it entirely (when he goes to get Rellian and essentially tells him to get back on the bus until the equally willful Jack [[ItMakesSenceInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext gets his attention by shooting an arrow at him]]).


** Ben's shooting down Bo's university hopes in favour of staying with the family seems at least partially motivated by a fear of losing any of his kids so soon after losing his wife.

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** Ben's shooting down Bo's university hopes in favour of staying with the family seems at least partially motivated by a fear of losing any of his kids so soon after losing his wife. It's also subtly suggested, given his admissions to the kids near the end, that hs desire to prove his lifestyle's superiority in the scenes with his sister stems from an unwillingness to acknowledge that his own role in it failing to help his wife's illness as he thought.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Ben preaches discourse among the family and acceptance of other viewpoints, but he's utterly incapable of seeing that there's anything wrong with the way he's raising his family - to the point the kids are basically unable to truly challenge him on anything major. When they do eventually express contrary views he either yells at them and overrides their viewpoints (just after the funeral service) or attempts to ignore it entirely (when he goes to get Rellian and essentially tells him to get back on the bus until the equally willful Jack intervenes).



* {{Hypocrite}}: Ben preaches discourse among the family and acceptance of other viewpoints, but he's utterly incapable of seeing that there's anything wrong with the way he's raising his family - to the point the kids are basically unable to truly challenge him on anything major. When they do eventually express contrary views he either yells at them and overrides their viewpoints (just after the funeral service) or attempts to ignore it entirely (when he goes to get Rellian and essentially tells him to get back on the bus until the equally willful Jack [[ItMakesSenceInContext gets his attention by shooting an arrow at him]]).



* NotSoDifferent: It's shown Ben and Jack are both hunters (though for different reasons - Ben for sustenance, Jack for sport). Their chosen bows subtly show that though the two are very different there are base similarities; Jack shoots at Ben with a with a modern sports bow, while Ben later leaves his (likely hand-crafted) wooden bow with Jack.

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* NotSoDifferent: [[https://bleeckerstreetmedia.com/editorial/awl-frank-langella Frank Langella]] suggested that Ben and Jack's disagreements stem from this, both being inflexible, strong willed men who love Leslie and the kids deeply and are convinced they're doing the best thing for them, even when they're really not.
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It's even shown Ben and Jack are both hunters (though for different reasons - Ben for sustenance, Jack for sport). Their chosen bows subtly show that though the two are very different there are base similarities; Jack shoots at Ben with a with a modern sports bow, while Ben later leaves his (likely hand-crafted) wooden bow with Jack.


* UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Vespyr and Kielyr can speak Esperanto, or at least a few words of it.

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* UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Vespyr and Kielyr can speak Esperanto, or at least a few words of it.Esperanto fluently, much to Ben's annoyance.


* ComingOfAgeStory: There are several teachings and lecturings from olders to younglings, especially for Bo and Rellian.

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* ComingOfAgeStory: There are several teachings and lecturings lessons from olders elders (mainly Ben) to younglings, especially for Bo and Rellian. Unusually, in places they learn these lessons almost in spite of Ben rather than because of him.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Ben preaches discourse among the family and acceptance of other viewpoints, but he's utterly incapable of seeing that there's anything wrong with the way he's raising his family - to the point the kids are basically unable to truly challenge him on anything major. When they do eventually express contrary views he either yells at them and overrides their viewpoints (just after the funeral service) or attempts to ignore it entirely (when he goes to get Rellian and essentially tells him to get back on the bus until the equally willful Jack intervenes).



* IMissMom: The kids clearly feel this way, and even state this word for word once or twice.

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* IAmNotMyFather: Rellian's mounting frustration with the family lifestyle eventually leads to this, rejecting his father entirely in favour of his privileged but loving grandparents.
* IMissMom: The kids clearly feel this way, and Nai even state states this word for word once or twice.at one dark point.



* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Bodevan got accepted into most of the major universities [[spoiler:with the help of his mother.]]

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Bodevan got accepted into most of the major universities [[spoiler:with the help of his mother.]]]] Slightly more believable than most examples due to his home-schooled education under Ben leaving him incredibly knowledgable about subjects as diverse as classical literature and theoretical physics.



* MeaningfulEcho: "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_to_the_people_(slogan) Power to the people]], stick it to the Man." Between Ben and his children, then Bo and Nai.

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* MeaningfulEcho: "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_to_the_people_(slogan) Power to the people]], stick it to the Man." Between Ben and his children, then Bo and Nai.Nai [[spoiler:as he leaves for Namibia]].


* BaitAndSwitchComment: When Bo shows his father the acceptance letters, Ben initially says well done and that it's very impressive, leading to a HopeSpot for Bo - then [[KickTheDog makes it clear he's referring to Bo successfully doing all this behind his back and lying to his face]], forcing Bo to reveal Leslie helped him, leading to the first major break between father and son.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: When Bo shows his father the acceptance letters, Ben initially says well done and that it's very impressive, leading to a HopeSpot for Bo - then [[KickTheDog makes it clear he's referring to Bo successfully doing all this behind his back and lying to his face]], forcing face]]. This forces Bo to reveal Leslie helped him, leading to the first major break between father and son.



* BourgeoisBohemian: Leslie seems to have grown up in a privileged lifestyle (the kids call her parents' mansion a vulgar display of wealth) and its implied that a lot of living in the wilderness was her idea. [[https://www.amazon.com.au/Captain-Fantastic-Viggo-Mortensen/dp/B01IAC3XFI Some of the promotional material indicates]] she was previously a lawyer who gave up her practice to devote herself to Ben's lifestyle.

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* BourgeoisBohemian: Leslie seems to have grown up in a privileged lifestyle (the kids call her parents' mansion a vulgar display of wealth) and its implied that a lot of living in the wilderness was her idea. [[https://www.amazon.com.au/Captain-Fantastic-Viggo-Mortensen/dp/B01IAC3XFI Some of the promotional material indicates]] It's mentioned at her funeral she was previously a lawyer who gave up her law practice to devote herself to Ben's lifestyle.be with Ben.



* FreudianExcuse: Jack's hatred of Ben, while understandable on several points, seems to stem from his desire to remember the daughter he knew rather than the person she became with Ben - something Ben's crashing the funeral brings into the open. It also seems he displaces the blame for everything that happened onto Ben, which ignores the decisions Leslie herself took in how to raise the children and manage her illness (which the letter Abigail produces makes clear).

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* FreudianExcuse: FreudianExcuse:
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Jack's hatred of Ben, while understandable on several points, seems to stem from his desire to remember the daughter he knew rather than the person she became with Ben - something Ben's crashing the funeral brings into the open. It also seems he displaces the blame for everything that happened onto Ben, which ignores the decisions Leslie herself took in how to raise the children and manage her illness (which the letter Abigail produces makes clear).clear).
** Ben's shooting down Bo's university hopes in favour of staying with the family seems at least partially motivated by a fear of losing any of his kids so soon after losing his wife.



* InitiationCeremony: The movie starts with Bo killling a deer as a maturity initiation.

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* InitiationCeremony: The movie starts with Bo killling killing a deer as a maturity initiation.


--->'''Ben: Leslie and I are their teachers. [[FreudianSlip Are -- were their teachers]].

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--->'''Ben: --->'''Ben:''' Leslie and I are their teachers. [[FreudianSlip Are -- were their teachers]].

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* NotHelpingYourCase: Ben really doesn't give the best impression of things when explaining to Jack how his kids ended up stealing on their trip there.
--->'''Ben: Leslie and I are their teachers. [[FreudianSlip Are -- were their teachers]].
--->'''Jack:''' So you're teaching them to steal?
--->'''Ben:''' Of course not.
--->'''Jack:''' "Mission: free the food"?
--->'''Ben:''' ...that was part of their training.
--->'''Jack:''' [[DistinctionWithoutADifference So you're training them to steal?]]


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Given the conflict between them, it seems odd that Jack disappears from the story after Ben leaves, despite [[spoiler:his grandchildren running off with him (without Ben's knowledge, to be fair), digging up his daughter's corpse and cremating it in express opposal to his wishes]]. The original script sheds a bit more light on things, with the two men communing over the phone and [[spoiler: agreeing that despite Jack's unwillingness to forgive the situation, he and Abigail want to see the grandchildren more. The two end agreeing to bring the grandkids over for Thanksgiving.]]

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* BadassBeard: Ben sports an impressive beard, and he's an athletic, intellectual survivor.


* BaitAndSwitchComment: When Bo shows his father the acceptance letters, Ben initially says well done and that it's very impressive, leading to a HopeSpot for Bo - then [[KickTheDog makes it clear he's referring to Bo successfully doing all this behind his back and lying to his face]] - forcing Bo to reveal Leslie helped him, and leading to the first major break between father and son.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: When Bo shows his father the acceptance letters, Ben initially says well done and that it's very impressive, leading to a HopeSpot for Bo - then [[KickTheDog makes it clear he's referring to Bo successfully doing all this behind his back and lying to his face]] - face]], forcing Bo to reveal Leslie helped him, and leading to the first major break between father and son.


* BourgeoisBohemian: Leslie seems to have grown up in a privileged lifestyle (the kids call her parents' mansion a vulgar display of wealth) and its implied that a lot of living in the wilderness was her idea.

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* BourgeoisBohemian: Leslie seems to have grown up in a privileged lifestyle (the kids call her parents' mansion a vulgar display of wealth) and its implied that a lot of living in the wilderness was her idea. [[https://www.amazon.com.au/Captain-Fantastic-Viggo-Mortensen/dp/B01IAC3XFI Some of the promotional material indicates]] she was previously a lawyer who gave up her practice to devote herself to Ben's lifestyle.


* Twin daughters Vespyr and Keilyr. Vespyr is quiet and attached to nature, while the latter is the most energetic and curious of the family.

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* Twin daughters Vespyr and Keilyr. Kielyr. Vespyr is quiet and attached to nature, while the latter Kielyr is the most energetic and curious of the family.


* Vespyr, the oldest daughter. Quiet and attached to nature.
* Kielyr, the middle daughter. The most energetic and curious of the family.

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* Vespyr, the oldest daughter. Quiet Twin daughters Vespyr and Keilyr. Vespyr is quiet and attached to nature.
* Kielyr,
nature, while the middle daughter. The latter is the most energetic and curious of the family.

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