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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Were Samantha's actions a well-intentioned attempt to protect her best friend that went too far, jealousy because she was in love with the guy paying Taylor interest, or is she a self-hating closeted lesbian who uses the internet to fantasize about dating her best friend and acting on her hatred of jocks?
  • Broken Base: The base is divided between a dedicated Fandom, who are glad the film raises awareness of bullying while occasionally featuring great acting, and an equally active community of detractors who criticize it due to it featuring a combination of possible Critical Research Failure, New Media Are Evil and loads of Narm.
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  • Cliché Storm: Hits all the cliches prevalent in this genre.
  • Critical Research Failure: It's blatantly clear that the person who wrote this movie knows nothing about the Internet. For example, the resolution is to make even minor trolling illegal, to the point of monitoring every computer in the state to make sure it never happens. Not only would this sort of monitoring be incredibly expensive and time-consuming, but it is also blatantly illegal.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Taylor. She has quite a few moments where she's kinda bitchy to girls who are supposedly her best friends, and when a homosexual boy in her class tries to sympathize with her about the cyber-bullying, he tells her that people post homophobic slurs on his page a lot. Taylor's response is basically "Yeah, but you really are gay so it's totally not the same as what I'm going through."
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    • Samantha, whose cyberbullying tactic is much more realistic and harmful than Lindsay's over-the-top method and much more reminiscent of the prank that prompted the news story around which the movie is based. But Sam gets a free pass because she was "trying to help."
  • Designated Villain: Lindsay and her father are ridiculously played as if they are utterly devoid of any redeeming qualities.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending:
    • Yeah, do you really think things are going to be better for these girls after all that happens between them?
    • The whole Big Brother Is Watching aspect to the problem's solution.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The "I can't get the cap off" scene is justifiable, as she's in an acute emotional state and presumably not thinking correctly. It's the depiction of what's going on in that scene that helped turn it into a meme.
  • Glurge: Again, the aforementioned Big Brother Is Watching aspect.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The controversy regarding SOPA and other cybersecurity bills manages to make the ending even more unpleasing, as it shows just what would happen if a Big Brother Is Watching bill were to happen in real life.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Nobody thinks of blocking the people harassing Taylor until the last ten minutes of the film, to say nothing of the large, clearly visible "X"s next to the rude comments on Cliquesters, or even the possibility of Taylor making her profile private.
    • Also, nobody at the school intervenes like what usually happens at real life (or at least what's supposed to happen; some schools deal with it better than others). Special mention goes to a scene where a group of kids watch a video directly attacking Taylor in class, which would pretty much get most of the kids involved in serious trouble in real life, especially since even if they can't find out who specifically made the video, the screening should already provide some damning evidence.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: The realization that anyone can be a bully, even a victim of bullying.
  • Les Yay: Sam states near the end that she created the fake Internet guy profile and used it to flirt with Taylor in order to "protect her from a guy". Sounds a bit like Clingy Jealous Girl behavior...
  • Life Imitates Art: Emily Osment, who plays Taylor Hillridge, dealt with bullying before on Twitter. The story went a different road because she is a celebrity, and has better repartee than her character (who already wasn't stupid). Just read this.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Too gay to lift". Making things worse, this is a mondegreen; the actual line is "too gay to live", but the actor's bad enunciation make it sound like "lift".
    • It's hard to mention the movie without someone mentioning how they couldn't get the cap off.
    • ur nasty and a bitchnote 
  • Narm: The whole movie in its entirety. Seriously, this thing rivals High School Musical in this department.
    • "I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!!"
    • This exchange.
      Senator Evans: I don't want to try to legislate the Internet... Well, they do have delete buttons on computers.
      Kris Hillridge: I thought that too, until I almost lost my daughter.
    • The stylization of the title on the DVD cover, especially for those familiar with what two slashes and a B means.
    • ur nasty and a bitch.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lindsay's father appears in one scene, but he is played as over-the-top nasty as his daughter.
  • Snark Bait: Even actual cyberbullying victims have snarked about this movie.
  • So Bad, It's Good: With how quickly the plot/conflict escalates, the writing, acting, editing, and musical swells being as forced as a Full House episode, and the rising action leading to the funniest scene in the entire movie where Taylor tries to overdose on pills, but "can't get the cap off", it's one of the most unintentionally funniest movies you'll ever see. It makes for excellent riffing material on movie nights.
  • Tearjerker: As narm-y as the execution is, watching a girl being viciously bullied to the point where she's Driven to Suicide can still be pretty upsetting, and of course it happens in Real Life.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The protagonist yells "I can't get the cap off!" to her friend when she's trying to open a pill bottle, and can't get it open. Does she expect her friend to open it and let her attempt suicide?
    • Even people who aren't particularly eagle-eyed can likely spot the large X buttons on the rude comments, whenever we see shots of Cliquesters. This only leads one to wonder why Taylor didn't try removing the comments. Even worse is at the end of the movie, when Taylor is in a group with several other victims of cyberbullying, and one of the mentions simply blocking their bullies - and Taylor says she never thought of that.
  • The Woobie: Taylor Hillridge.


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