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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JamesMcAvoy is best known for portraying the younger [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JamesMcAvoy is best known for portraying the younger [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] Xavier in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.


** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for Creator/JamesMcAvoy.

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** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}.''Film/{{Atonement}}''. Also her character would have unrequited love for Creator/JamesMcAvoy.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JamesMcAvoy is best known for portraying the younger [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.


* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time Creator/JamesMcAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].
** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for Creator/JamesMcAvoy.

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* HilariousInHindsight: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** It's quite easy to view Rory as a {{Troll}} who enjoys antagonising everyone he meets, just so he can benefit from PositiveDiscrimination - which Siobhan accuses him of later in the movie. Or it's also possible that he ''wants'' to be treated the same, and so does so many dickish things to provoke people into retaliating.
** It's also possible that Eileen had a personal vendetta against Rory - and deliberately wanted to BreakTheHaughty early on.
* BrokenBase: To this day there are still debates raging over the fact that Rory and Michael weren't played by disabled actors. The camp that dislikes it cites taking away meaty roles from actors with disabilities. The camp that approves of it says that the performances were still good. Particularly Stephen Robertson was praised for his near spot-on portrayal of a man with Cerebral Palsy.
* HarsherInHindsight: Pretty much written into the movie. Rory and his dad celebrate Rory making it to his 21st birthday [[spoiler: and it ends up becoming his last, as he dies at the end of the movie]].
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This isn't the first time Creator/JamesMcAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].
** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for Creator/JamesMcAvoy.Creator/JamesMcAvoy.
* JerkassWoobie: Rory is a huge dick, but it's immediately understandable. To his credit, he shows his softer side early on and establishes himself as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* OvershadowedByControversy: Subverted eventually. Early on, the movie got lots of criticisms for not casting disabled actors as Michael and Rory. But the performances were held in high-regard and it's seen as a good film these days.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** The care home is Anviliciously shown to be like a prison or boarding school, where the residents are treated like children ("we don't allow coarse language here"). But the movie makes a great point about the substandard care for disabled people, where it's forgotten that the place is meant to be a home - and not a place to keep people. This was based primarily off the screenwriter's own experiences working in a care home.
** Siobhan rather awesomely challenges the EntitledToHaveYou attitude when Rory tries to frame her as a bitch [[spoiler: for rejecting Michael's advances]].
--> "If you want to be an equal, then you have to SHOW people the SAME respect that you demanded of them! In the real world, if you insult some guy in a pub, then you expect to get hammered! If you come home late in the middle of the night, you don't EXPECT to find the help waiting in. And if a woman says no to you, you accept that maybe you're NOT the right man for her! You don't assume you have some automatic right to love because you're in a wheelchair!"
** And another positive message - that a disabled person can have a full life just like an able-bodied person. They can't have exactly the same lifestyle, but it's fully possible and it should be strived for.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Well playing loud music in the middle of the night is actually quite rude, especially when there are other residents to think of. Of course Eileen and her staff never thought of giving Rory a set of headphones so he could listen to his music and not disturb anyone.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: Rory's death in the hospital]] towards the end of the movie. And his poor father's reaction.
** Rory's speech to Michael about how he has his entire life to live, while he himself is on borrowed time.
--> "''that'' is what I call a gift."
** And this exchange as [[spoiler: Rory lies dying]].
--> '''Rory:''' Rory O'Shea was here.
--> ''Michael points to his heart.''
--> '''Michael:''' Rory O'Shea is here.


** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for JamesMcAvoy.

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** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for JamesMcAvoy.Creator/JamesMcAvoy.


* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time JamesMcAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time JamesMcAvoy Creator/JamesMcAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].


* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time James McAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time James McAvoy JamesMcAvoy would play a [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].wheelchair]].
** Romola Garai plays a girl who spontaneously becomes a caregiver. She would do the same thing again in {{Atonement}}. Also her character would have unrequited love for JamesMcAvoy.


* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time James McAvoy would play a [[XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time James McAvoy would play a [[XMenFirstClass [[Film/XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].

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* HilariousInHindsight: This isn't the first time James McAvoy would play a [[XMenFirstClass character in a wheelchair]].

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