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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dawn. She's either a straight up woobie, a Jerkass Woobie or even a Sympathetic Sue suffering from a lot of Deus Angst Machina. It helps that the film suffers a lot from Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
  • Designated Hero: If Dawn made more of an effort to actually improve her life, this would be a different film entirely. Though it seems like it was already too late by the beginning of the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Throughout the film Dawn is taunted with being a lesbian. Years later, Heather Matarazzo (who played Dawn) came out as a lesbian.
    • Even better. In interviews, she points out she didn't know what "lesbo" meant, so asked someone on the set. That is when she figured out she was a lesbian.
    • In a dark and sick way, this movie plays out in pretty much the same way Meg Griffin's life would on the later episodes of Family Guy.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Brandon has some female fans.
  • Values Dissonance: Dawn being bullied for allegedly being a lesbian. Not only would this be considered hate speech today (which is typically a big no-no at schools), but most junior-highschool kids today would probably react to the knowledge that a girl was a lesbian with a "yeah, so?"
  • The Woobie: Dawn.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Again, Dawn herself. This is according to cynical interpretations and point of view.
      • Brandon also comes across as a jerkass woobie as the film goes on.

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