* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Rusty James a misplaced [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]] or a genuinely brilliant person whose intelligence is undermined by his relentless quest to be like his brother?
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The Motorcycle Boy is Jesus. Consider the final moments of the film, when [[spoiler: he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] himself]] allowing his brother to escape to California, and far away from the unnamed town. Or should I say limbo?
** However, in the book, Rusty James is arrested and unable to save the fish; they die on the floor.
* MomentOfAwesome: The Motorcycle Boy breaking every bone in a guy's body by ramming him with his motorbike.
* MusicOfAwesome: The film features a stellar soundtrack by Stewart Copeland of ''The Police''.
* TearJerker
* {{Wangst}}