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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Given her overall incompetence and the fact John is now dead, there's no way Kate will be allowed to keep her kids after the events of the movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A dysfunctional couple named John and Kate.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Natalia Grace Barnett was adopted by a Florida couple in 2010, but shortly afterward her parents began to suspect she was actually an adult. They claim that she had developed body hair and a menstrual cycle. They treated her like an adult, enrolling her in college and making her tell people she was in her 20's. In 2012 moved out of their home, leaving her to fend for herself. They're currently facing charges of child abandonment and neglect. The couple are trying to defend their actions by claiming she threatened the husband and their other child. Given that the movie came out in July of 2009 and their suspicions began less than a year later, it's possible that they got the idea from the film.
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Danny starts out as a brat, but you can feel genuinely sorry for him. He's dealing with a psychotic adoptive sister who tries to kill him multiple times. Even if he was rude to Esther in the beginning, it turns out he was right about her.
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  • Sister Abigail's murder. When the police find her body, her face has been reduced to mush.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The film was severely criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of older adopted children, calling it cliche for portraying them as violent and cruel.
  • Uncanny Valley: The poster for the film, which is a mirrored image of Esther. Pretty much a good example of why faces are meant to be asymmetrical.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Kate, who was already looking suspicious and like a lunatic, buys some wine and then tries hiding it somewhere obvious. People obviously end up thinking she is relapsing. Plus when John and the therapist confront Kate, she starts crying and whining that her children are the only reason she's sober and that she wants to kill herself when she thinks about what happened to Max. John points out how manipulative this sounds and it only makes her look desperate and crazy.
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    • John and Kate deciding to have wild, half-naked sex in the middle of the kitchen, with all three of their children upstairs, and then being shocked when one of them walks in on them. And all just a week after adopting a new child.
    • John sees Esther has thrashed her room and finds out the hidden messages on her paintings. Then the lights shut down. Expecting him to grab Max and get the hell out of the house? Nope, of course he has to stand there flailing a flashlight like an idiot to give Esther enough time to stab him to death.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kate, who has just lost her baby, is mentally abused by her adoptive daughter for the length of the film and is hospitalized when her (perfectly justified) paranoia causes her to assault Esther in public.
    • Max has it worse. She is a 5-year old mute child who witnesses her new adoptive sister brutally murder an innocent nun and her own father, is almost killed herself in at least 4 separate occasions, sees her brother nearly burn to death and be suffocated, is chased by a psychopath into the woods and is forced to handle a firearm despite her young age. It's safe to say that the trauma from her childhood will haunt her for the remainder of her life.

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