* BeamMeUpScotty: Done by Chip (and possibly the writers of the film too). He exclaims "Dry land is not a myth! I've seen it!" and then cites the quote as "Kevin Costner, ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''." Of course, this line is never actually spoken in ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' at any point, and Costner's character even says the exact ''opposite'' thing. Made even more grating because he immediately brags about having watched the movie several times.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: For a film that came out (in the grand scheme of things) rather recently and a "late night movie" staple on cable, finding a widescreen version of this film is remarkably difficult. It was one of Sony's first films to come to DVD in the late 90s, as a VanilliaEdition two-sided disc with a widescreen version on one side and pan-and-scan on the other. Several years later, Sony it into a single-sided disc which used the pan-and-scan side that overrode the flipper disc almost everywhere. After being the sole digital release of the film for years, in 2011, Sony put out a more comprehensive Blu-ray release of the film with a widescreen transfer. That release randomly went out of print in 2015 and goes for high prices on auction sites, putting a release of the film in proper aspect ratio in limbo yet again.
* LifeImitatesArt: Some of the Cable Guy's predictions about what cable will do for the future came true.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Averted. Carrey still uses the same rubbery-faced schtick in this movie that made him famous, only in the context of a manic StalkerWithoutACrush rather than a living cartoon character like in ''Film/AceVentura'' and ''Film/TheMask'', showing just how easily Carrey's signature style can be played up as creepy rather than funny.
** And played straight with Jack Black as a completely normal, low key guy.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: Carrey is just as zany and over-the-top as always, but it's done in part to demonstrate just how mentally disturbed Chip is rather than strictly for humour.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece/TheNineties The Nineties.]] The entire plot of the film centers around the [[DeadHorseTrope already late]] {{Old Media Are Evil}} trope as a plot device, all the while ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' blares from television sets, {{Grunge}} mostly sets the mood for the soundtrack, and [[TheInternet the "information superhighway"]] is stealthily taking public interest by storm.
* VindicatedByCable
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of Chip was originally written with Creator/ChrisFarley in mind, but he declined due to schedule conflicts.
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