* ActorAllusion: In the movie, a bluesy version of "Down To The River To Pray" from ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'' is heard after we're introduced to the "counselor", who was a member of ''O Brother'''s PowerTrio.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The {{Medium}} falls in love with Gus from ''{{Series/Psych}}''. Hmmm...
** And [[{{Franchise/Alien}} Ellen Ripley]], [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Samuel Sterns/The Leader]] and the Midnight Cowboy are in cahoots, running a ruthless detention camp.
** At the center of it all is [[{{Film/Transformers}} Sam Witwicky]].
** And his father is [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]].
** Madame Zeroni was [[{{Series/Batman}} Catwoman back in the day]].
*** Although viewers who were kids at the time the movie was released were probably thinking "Why is [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Yzma]] a gypsy?"
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Creator/SigourneyWeaver's daughter begged her to play the Warden.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[Film/DonnieDarko Richard Kelly]] was offered the chance to do this movie. He was replaced when they saw his screenplay, which was set in a post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld. It had ''nothing'' to do with the book.
** Kissin' Kate's signature KissOfDeath was originally going to be to wear lipstick made from rattlesnake venom. This was later changed to be the Warden's nail polish.