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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Stay away from fundamentalist Christianity, kiddos. It'll ruin your life!
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Due to the nature of the film many see Jeff's story as less of a movement against sin, and more the story of a boy twisted by his controlling, fundamentalist elders into a bigoted Jerkass. From that point one can see Jeff as a Designated Hero who forces his opinions on others, or a tragic Jerkass Woobie whose perceptions on life were heavily warped, and ultimately ends up driving away everyone who cared about him.
    • Alternately, since fundamentalist religion obliges people to be less tolerant of beliefs unlike their own (because how can you call yourself a proper believer if you're still prepared to admit that believers in other faiths might be right?) then Jeff, from a fundamentalist perspective, doesn't become a Jerkass at all, but a Wide-Eyed Idealist, and his insistence on forcing his views on other people is not twisted or Jerkass behaviour but Jeff giving his loved ones plenty of What the Hell, Hero?, because Being Good Sucks.note 
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    • Some viewers (like this Agony Booth reviewer) have interpreted Jeff as being a deeply closeted homosexual.
  • Bile Fascination: Many people check out this film to mock its wildly and often hilariously misinformed warnings over an otherwise innocent form of entertainment, as well as to point out how its flimsy effort instead comes back as a warning against its fundamentalist leanings.
  • Confirmation Bias: Jeff engages heavily in this, as does the film itself. It rarely lets the other side have a voice, and presents Jeff's arguments at the end in a format that doesn't allow for the other side to be explored. At no point is Christian Rock even discussed, nor does anyone ask Jeff if artists without overtly demonic, sexual or blasphemous lyrics are equally as wrong just for performing "rock music."
  • Critical Research Failure: It's quite clear the makers of this film only looked at song titles and didn't actually bother listening to them.
    • Jeff cites Santana's "Evil Ways" on a list of "Satanic" songs, even though the first lyric is "You've got to change your evil ways." He also mentions "Soul Sacrifice", which is a fucking instrumental!
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    • Other songs on the list include Jefferson Starship's "Dance With The Dragon" (which is about the Year of the Dragon from the Chinese zodiac, not Satan as a metaphorical dragon) and The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" (which is written from Satan's perspective, and has him claiming responsibility for various atrocities throughout history) and "Dancing with Mr. D" (which is about death, not the Devil). And then there's AC/DC and "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (about a self-absorbed man tormented by the woman he hooks up with - it's a metaphor, Jeff!).
  • Designated Hero: Jeff, although not at first. He starts out as a normal kid until he slowly transforms into a bigoted hateful religious fundamentalist Jerkass who disowns rock music and tries to force everyone around him to do the same and dumps his friends for listening to the genre. He even yells at his own mother for watching soap-operas thinking they are evil. And the movie wants you to root for this guy.
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  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: For a movie that's about extolling the evils of rock music, it has amazingly good taste in it.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Jeff has renounced rock music and purified his soul, yet he's become an alienated religious fanatic with paranoid delusions about an artistic medium he once enjoyed.
  • Idiot Plot: It's a film about how one man's paranoid parents go to absurd lengths to keep him away from music they interpret as quote on quote "evil", with the main character eventually giving into these paranoid delusions without raising a single legit question about what he's being told by his mentors or considering anything that would challenge the ideas he's being force-fed. The film then proceeds to present its wildly skewed and borderline bigoted "understanding" of the medium as evidence to the audience of why it should be avoided, all while painting its main character who goes so far as to make homophobic remarks in a positive light.
  • Strawman Has a Point: We're meant to see Marty and Melissa as antagonists trying to tempt Jeff back into his old ways. But they make some valid points about him becoming a "fanatic" as he repeatedly tries to push his new lifestyle choices on them and others.
    • Melissa seems pretty justified in being angry with Jeff for cancelling his plans to go to a rock concert with her (plans made months in advance for her birthday) because of a deal with his youth pastor he made only recently. Threatening to take another guy to the concert may seem a bit harsh, but she does apologize for it later.
    • Later, Jeff gets angry with Marty for playing rock music at a party he was hosting in his own house. Yet we're expected to take Jeff's side earlier when he refuses to let Melissa listen to a rock station when he's giving her a ride in his car.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jeff's best friend Marty, who repeatedly shoots down Jeff's misinformed comments against rock music and is openly critical of Jeff's growing intolerance of those who listen to it. It's clear the film intended to paint him in a negative light for defending himself, and yet he comes off as one of the few people with any common sense in the wake of Jeff's constant ravings.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The main character is meant to come off as a good Christian trying to steer clear from the "sins" of rock and roll and save others from it, but instead he comes off as a closed-minded and bigoted jerkass to anyone who doesn't share the same values and interpretations of Christianity as the protagonist (and then in some cases, as many Christians have no difficulty reconciling their faith and an enjoyment of secular entertainment).
  • Values Dissonance: Oh so very much. What really seals the deal though is the main character citing rock musicians known to be homosexual as evidence of the alleged evils of an otherwise harmless music genre.


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