* CrossesTheLineTwice: Olive's beauty-pageant performance: [[spoiler:an inappropriate and borderline erotic performance, set to the tune of "Super Freak", which, ironically, has her wearing ''more'' clothes than some of the other contestants.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The biker dad, Kirby and Ms. California.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The beginning of the film is set at Albuquerque, has drugs as a sub-plot and stars Creator/BryanCranston (as an obnoxious business man) and Creator/DeanNorris (as a cop) in minor roles. Two years later, the two will headline [[Series/BreakingBad a TV show]] set in Albuquerque involving drugs as the main plot with the former portraying a teacher-turned-drug lord and the latter playing a high-ranking cop.
** The audience's reaction to Olive's dance number can be compared to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUdCVybeayE the backlash]] Creator/AbigailBreslin met when she [[ShesAllGrownUp posed]] [[{{Fanservice}} sexy]] in 2013.
* MemeticMutation:
** [[spoiler: Olive's dance number]]
** "YEAH, ALRIGHT!"
** [[AtomicFBomb FUUUUCCCCKKK!!!!!!!]]
* MostAnnoyingSound: The car horn when it's broken.
* OneSceneWonder: "YEAH, ALRIGHT!"
* RuleAbidingRebel: [[WordOfGod The film's creators]] seem to be nonplussed about their movie being interpreted as anti-establishment, satirical, or whatnot.
* SignatureScene: Either Dwayne's AtomicFBomb or Olive's performance.
* {{Squick}}: The beauty contest.
** Which goes into NightmareFuel if you consider that those girls all ''were'' real-life beauty pageant contestants and those ''were'' their real contest performances (minus Olive's, of course). To be fair, though, some of the girls' mothers insisted that things like the leg waxing were made up.
** Still depressingly TruthInTelevision.
** Happened by accident with the biker dad sitting next to Richard. He did have a kid in the pageant, WordOfGod said that in most of these things you do see more guys in the audience cause the mothers are backstage with the daughters.
** Probably intentional with the pageant announcer, who gave off a majorly creepy vibe.
* ToughActToFollow: Dayton and Farris haven't directed another film for six years. Their next film, ''Film/RubySparks'', is about a writer who wrote a successful book in his late teens, but has been suffering from writer's block ever since.
* WhatAnIdiot: Frank, considering the whole family is in a hurry to make it to the pageant and there's already been enough delays like a [[spoiler:death on the trip]], maybe you can have ''waited'' until you've arrived at the destination before telling Dwayne that color-blind people can't be pilots.
** To be fair to Frank he didn't come straight out and say it at once, and Dwayne could tell he knew something was wrong and obviously wasn't going to just let the matter drop. There was really no way he ''could'' have put it off until a better moment, at that point.
* TheWoobie: Olive. She is obviously not pageant material, but God bless her, she's so adorable and determined that you can't help but love her.
** Dwayne. You had to feel for the guy during his breakdown.
** Really, every main character qualifies for this trope on some level.
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