* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Break-dancing in the mailroom.
** How about the raccoon attack?
*** Not that odd. Raccoons are commonly found in the woods and since they are wild animals, they will likely attack you if you try to pick them up as Buddy did.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Mr. Narwhal. He's actually voiced by Creator/JonFavreau!
* HeartwarmingMoments: Walter finally singing along to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," which powers the sleigh.
** Buddy names his daughter after his deceased biological mother.
* HilariousInHindsight: The first thing Miles Finch says to Buddy is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=02572EyOIzQ "I get more action in a week than you've had in an entire lifetime"]]. Of course he would, [[Creator/PeterDinklage he's]] ''[[Series/GameOfThrones Tyrion!]]'' Amusingly, his next line is about having another house in Vail (Colorado), which sounds like 'Vale'.
** It also wouldn't be the last time Mary Steenburgen would be a mother figure to a [[StepBrothers fish-out-of-water manchild played by Will Ferrell]].
** [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie Will Ferrell building a giant LEGO city]].
* LoveItOrHateIt: Many people strongly dislike this movie and feel it features Will Ferrell at his worst, on the grounds that the movie is dull, cliched, and unappealing. Others, on the other hand, argue that this is actually Ferrell's best movie because for once, [[PlayingAgainstType he plays against type by portraying a likeable, sympathetic character with depth, as opposed to a one-dimensional sketch show type of character]], plus it's a Christmas movie that pays homage to nostalgia holiday movies and specials.
* MemeticMutation: "'''SANTAAAAA!!!!''' OH MY GOD!! I know him! I know him!"
** "But the children love the books!"
** "You sit on a throne of lies."
** "I'm a cotton-headed ninnymuggins."
* MomentOfAwesome: The SnowballFight scene.
* NauseaFuel: Buddy peels a piece of gum off a subway entrance stair railing. And chews it.
** After Santa told him not to.
*** Santa told him not to eat the gum [[ExactWords from the]] '''[[LiteralMinded ground]]'''.
** Spaghetti with maple syrup, marshmallows, Pop-Tarts, and other sugary things.
*** Actually, I always thought that looked delicious...
** Brenda [=McDonald=], embodying every sweet, helpless little-old-lady and kind-hearted, heartbroken nun in movie history.
--> ''But the children love the books!''
** Creator/PeterDinklage's scene was mentioned in a lot in critic reviews as being the most memorable sequence of the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Buddy befriends [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Tirek]] in the mailroom.
* TearJerker: The scene where Walter tells Buddy to get out of his life. Buddy looks so depressed and disheartened that it's soul crushing.
** The musical score by John Debney really gets those heartstrings.
** That one poor nun who doesn't get the books, even though ''the children love the books''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Believe it or not, the Broadway musical version is considerably more adult than the movie, with an increase in language, sexual innuendos, and double entrendres.[[note]]Some critics are saying that it's more of a grown-up show anyway, and that the kids would only be interested in the scenery.[[/note]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/WillFerrell in a kid's movie? JamesCaan for a Christmas film? [[Creator/EdwardAsner Ed Asner]] as Santa? [[note]]And believe it or not, that actually wasn't the first time![[/note]] Even Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031107/REVIEWS/311070302/1023 was surprised by how well that turned out.]]
* TheWoobie: Buddy had no idea how to function in society and most people treated him like a pariah. It doesn't help when his own father doesn't care or understand at first.