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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Imagine how interesting of a twist it could be if Ricky (Corey Feldman's character) ended up being the murderer? Instead of the twist we already got. He has expressed some rather sociopathic tendencies. He did comment that he finds the chaos surrounding the neighborhood more entertaining than any movie or tv show he has seen. And he seemed unusually enthused by a murder that happened in his neighborhood.
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  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: At a certain point, behavior and circumstances can be so suspicious and bizarre that "there's probably an innocent explanation" can be dangerously irresponsible (finding actual human remains is probably well past that point). This makes more sense today in the age of "if you see something, say something". Though doing the investigation yourself instead of going to the professionals is a really, really bad idea.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Art's Big Eater characterization is played for laughs, but it's a bit less funny after the actor died from complications due to diabetes.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A scene depicts Tom Hanks' character watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood. 30 years after this movie was filmed, and it was announced that he will be playing Mister Rogers in a movie about him.
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  • Narm Charm: Ray and Art's reaction to finding the femur. It is presented in a humorous way, but Tom Hank's screams of horror sounding almost perfunctory and the repeated in-and-out camera zooming makes it even funnier than it was supposed to be.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some people were disappointed that the Klopek's turned out be Evil All Along, feeling the movie passed up a moral about tolerance and understanding. They did actually try to do it, but test audiences didn't like it.
  • The Un-Twist: As a counterpoint to the above, the Klopeks are set up as so blatantly mysterious, creepy and ominous that it's honestly more of a surprise when they don't turn out to be innocent in the end.


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