* ActorAllusion:
** Maggie tells Bliss (Creator/EllenPage) that [[{{Juno}} having a kid changes everything.]] Bliss smirks in response. She also claims to be 22 when she is actually 17, alluding to Ellen Page's very youthful looks.
** Maggie also tells Bliss that she can never have enough Lash Blast. That's a Cover Girl product, of which Drew Barrymore is a spokeswoman.
* CastTheExpert: Aside from the billed actresses, most of the skaters in the fictional TXRD are played by actual UsefulNotes/RollerDerby players.
* DawsonCasting: Twenty-two year old Ellen Page playing seventeen year old Bliss (who pretends to be twenty-two in order to get on the UsefulNotes/RollerDerby team, hilariously enough). And averted with Juliette Lewis - who was thirty-six years old, just like Iron Maven.
* DirectedByCastMember: Drew Barrymore directs the film and also has a small role as Smashley Simpson.
* NamesTheSame:
** Bliss shares her field name, Babe Ruthless, with a monster from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. It's also the name of an actual Roller Derby skater.
** Singer {{Music/Eve}} who plays Rosa Sparks used the RedBaron 'Eve of Destruction' when she first started out. A player in the film is called Eva Destruction.
* RealLifeRelative: Bliss' younger sister Shania was played by Eulala Scheel, who happens to be Marcia Gay Harden's real-life daughter. This lends some RealitySubtext to Shania being Brooke's preferred daughter early in the film.
* TropesAreNotBad: Invoked by Creator/RogerEbert in his review of the film, pointing out that first-time director Barrymore had demonstrated a strong understanding of why things work the way they work in a sports movie.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: For someone who follows UsefulNotes/RollerDerby, there are numerous things shown in the movie that pin the events of the movie to a period in the mid-2000s; most notably, fighting has gone from largely ignored to explicitly forbidden, and the two-whistle start seen in the movie has disappeared in favor of a single whistle releasing both the pack and the jammers. More generally, the film's fashions and music are loving homages to the mid-2000s indie scene.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: The book is inspired heavily by Shauna Cross's own experience in roller derby. Maggie Mayhem was her stage name.
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