- Iron Woobie: Erin, considering she goes hard to help her students when all she gets is scorn from the staff and other teachers because she's teaching "the unteachables".
- Jerkass Woobie: All the students are unpersonable at first, but it becomes more understandable after their tragic past. They lose the "Jerkass" part as the movie goes on.
- One-Scene Wonder: Miep Gies doesn't get much screentime, but damn, is she memorable!
- Retroactive Recognition: One of the students is played by Hunter Parrish, who would go on to star in Spring Awakening and the 2012 revival of Godspell.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: The idea of Pat "Ursula the Sea Witch" Carroll playing Miep Gies will probably get a raised eyebrow from more than a few people. Luckily, she delivers an awesome performance.
YMMV / Freedom Writers