* ActorAllusion: When Beth (Amanda Wyss) shows up at the dance, there is someone behind her wearing Freddy Krueger's sweater. Wyss played Krueger's first victim in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984''.
* DawsonCasting: Charles. Explicitly justified:
-->'''Charles:''' I've been going to this high school for ''seven and a half years'', now. I'm no dummy!
* HeyItsThatGuy: Elizabeth Daily, the voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy]] and [[WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls Buttercup]] appears as the singer in the New Years dance. Also, Lane's father is [[Series/{{Mash}} Major Winchester]].
** Also, Lane's mom is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Miri.]]
** [[Film/TheKarateKid Chozen]] likes to race Lane.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Charles is played by Curtis Armstrong, who currently plays Snot on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' and the lead on ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''.
** The Howard Cosell impression was voiced by Rich Little.
* OldShame: Evidently Cusack's opinion of this film.