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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There are multiple ways to read everybody. For starters, was Laura telling the truth when she said that Brendan was the father of Emily's child?
  • Awesome Music: It's an odd example, but there's something deeply thrilling about Laura's calm, self-assured recitation of "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The cigarette on the road. Kara's "You better be sure you wanna know what you wanna know." Quite a bit of the movie, in fact.
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  • He Really Can Act: This film was a strong push in Levitt's efforts to move beyond his sitcom heritage and into the realm of serious, edgy film roles.
  • Narm: Some people just can't get on board the concept of a noir set in a high school. Some visual elements don't precisely help, like Pin's frock coat and cane, which are commented by nobody in the entire film.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Nine out of ten". Laura tells Brendan that Emily's baby was his.
    • The moment when Brendan finally cracks, after so long of being The Stoic. No subdued weeping or single tears here; just full-on, helpless, body-shaking sobbing while Laura holds him.
  • The Woobie:
    • Even before Emily dies, she's terrified, over her head, and without anyone she really trusts.
    • Dode died believing the girl he loved and protected had been killed by her ex while pregnant with Dode's child, and it turns out the kid probably wasn't his.
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    • Brendan is more of a Jerkass Woobie, between his treatment of Emily and Kara, his cruelty to Dode, and leaving the Pin to die, but he gets put through the wringer.

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