* ActorAllusion:
** Nathan Lane is openly gay.[[note]]Though he wasn't out at the time the movie was released.[[/note]]
*** He also plays a guy who' [[Disney/TheLionKing dresses in drag (he doesn't do the hula, though)]].
** Robin Williams dips into his trademark Creator/JohnWayne impression at one point.
* GeniusBonus: Senator Keeley calls Grover's Corners "a darn good place to call home", apparently unaware that the play it's featured in, ''Theatre/OurTown'', was written by a gay man.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Due to the nature of the story, Mike Nichols made Nathan Lane and Robin Williams ''promise'' to do one take exactly as scripted before they could go wild in retakes. This is bound to happen.
* DawsonCasting: 32-year-old Calista Flockhart unconvincingly plays a 19-year-old. (Being so waifish, she could pass as a senior or graduate student, but come on.)
* ThrowItIn: Robin Williams' pratfall in the kitchen was entirely accidental, but the other actors [[{{corpsing}} held it together]] enough to use the take.

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