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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Hunter tells his son that Limp Bizkit was cool while playing one of their songs. It serves no purpose other than for the director to self-indulge in his past glory.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's hard for the audience to sympathize with either Moose (for his stalking tendencies towards Hunter and what he does to him) or Hunter (for being an all-around Jerkass).
  • Narm: The movie is filled with these, most notably Moose kissing Hunter.
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  • Nightmare Retardant: Moose is supposed to be an unsettling example of how far fans can take their fanaticism, and the music and the direction is obviously trying to push that narrative. However, his looks and John Travolta's performance make it impossible to take the character seriously.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Despite the film suffering from being bad when it comes to screenplay and direction, it's still enjoyable for John Travolta's over-the-top performance, and has gotten a cult following for that alone.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Looking past the over-the-top performance he gives, John Travolta really looks like he's genuinely trying to portray a creepy fanatic who is supposedly on the autism spectrum.
    • To underscore this, Travolta has been campaigning for him to get an Oscar nomination for his performance.
  • What an Idiot!: Hunter breaks free from the restraints Moose put on him and stabs his eye out and shoots the fingers off his right hand.
    You'd Expect: Hunter to restrain Moose, call the cops, and claim self-defense against a man who committed a home invasion.
    Or: Hunter to just shoot and kill Moose. California has Stand Your Ground lawsnote , and this is clearly a case where he would be in the right of said lawnote , plus given how Hunter has treated Moose so far, it's clearly not like he would have that much of a problem pulling the trigger.
    Instead: He inexplicably lets him go.
    End Result: The police cannot link Moose to the murder of Hunter's homekeeper and arrest Hunter instead, who didn't murder her.
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