* AwardSnub: Many feel the film version was robbed of the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Best Picture Oscar]] by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]''. Many believe ''The Return of the King'' won Best Picture because the previous two installments had also been nominated but had lost.
-->'''Clint Eastwood:''' We got Hobbitized.
* HilariousInHindsight: Laurence Fishburne's casting as Whitey Powers became even funnier when it was revealed that he'd been cast as Perry ''White'' in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* JerkassWoobie: Jimmy.
* MoralEventHorizon: Quite a few. The one that forms both the plot and shapes the characters as adults is [[spoiler: Dave's molestation by two pedophiles who posed as cops]].
* TheWoobie: Dave ''and then some.''
** Brendan. [[spoiler: He's lost both his girlfriend and brother by the end of the story.]]