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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: One of David's first scenes shows the hotel clerk asking him to choose between homosexuality and heterosexuality, and David taking a long time before answering. Since this is part of our introduction to the character, one might assume it would become a major plot point, but it's never brought up again.
  • Central Theme: Society spends far too much time obsessing over whether or not someone has found 'true love.' Taken at face value, it can be assumed that this society doesn't view people who go 45 days without a serious relationship human, based off of their punishment. Additionally, the Loners are reactionary in the opposite direction and base their identities around a 'sour-grapes' view of relationships rather than truly living their life the way they would like to. This includes actively sabotaging others' attempts to form happy relationships should they have the opportunity.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Robert (the lisping man) having his hand put in a toaster because he was caught masturbating. The sheer ridiculousness of the concept makes it this...
  • Nightmare Fuel: ...although it certainly doesn't make the hand burning any easier to watch.
    • There’s also the punishments for sexual relations within the Loners: the Red Kiss (the mutilation of one’s lips) and the Red Intercourse (which isn’t explained but shown to be blatantly far worse than the former).
    • The final scene of the movie is tense as hell. David takes a knife and prepares to blind himself so he and the Short-Sighted Woman can still be compatible. The movie ends before we can see what happens next.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: With a movie as creative and original as this, one has to wonder.
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