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Well there were a few things but one central idea was to explore the following two opposing philosophies: 1. The idealism and humanism that says everyone should be equal and accepted just as they are. 2. the harsh practice of elevating some members of society over others, and choosing people based on worth. As it turned out at the end, almost everyone engages in the latter - including Luce, as he himself was surprised to realize! Thank you :D Thank you. I agree with that. The fact that the director romanticized some of their moments together was uncalled for if he was going the route of it just being a nice friendship. "He kept hanging out with Sandra, not only because his parents pressured him to but because he was mad at Michelle. Notice how he mentions he has a girlfriend at the dinner with Michelle and her boyfriend, how each time he gets rejected by her, he then contacts Sandra. " Thank you. I had exactly the same thoughts. It may be that he does find Sandra nice but he only proceeds to kiss her and sleep with her (the first time) in order to be able to say that he has a girlfriend, as he had just told Michelle. It's with Michelle in mind that he does everything that night (returning Sandra's affection for him). Furthermore, I believe that in his pursuit of Michelle, he hurts Michelle too by telling her lies about how he thinks Ronald will never leave his family for her (which he does at the end, and Leonard couldn't possibly have guessed the man's thoughts/plans just from that evening), again with the possibility of a romance with Michelle in mind. When he realizes that even in that moment Michelle just won't think of him as anything else than a brother, he calls Sandra back and their relationship becomes official. In the end, it's a darkly twisted "happy" ending. His hopes with Michelle are dashed but he realizes how the stage is perfectly set for him to slip back into a nice situation without anyone realizing all of the deceit he had been guilty of throughout the film. Except his mother. She knows everything. She had Leonard figured out from the start, yet she loved him deeply and demonstrated great kindness towards him (even if at the expense of Sandra) when she saw him fleeing down the stairs. When he came back, I really expected the last shot of the movie to be a look from her towards Leonard while he's in embrace with Sandra, without Sandra seeing it. It would have been the perfect note to end this great film on in my opinion: leaving open the question of whether she will speak out... to him, to anyone, or to no one. Thanks for your helpful reply. I still think the movie is unnecessarily confusing in the way it's constructed regarding Jeff's exact plan (if it was an attack on Nancy Kerrigan or letters). Because, ok, I understand from your post that the movie shows us Jeff's version of the story which is based on his claim that it was always only going to be letters. But then, we see a scene in which Tonya asks him if he knew and planned it and he pretty much admits to her that he did. View all replies >