* AdaptationDisplacement: Raise your hand if you knew before the credits that it was based off a novel.
* AwardSnub: Although rewarded fairly well at the Oscars, earning an award for its screenplay and nominations for Picture, Director, and actors Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, the film surprisingly missed a nomination for Paul Giamatti's lead performance.
* FridgeLogic: An in-movie example, followed by an example of FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler: "Wait... why wasn't I injured in the accident?" "[[CallBack Because you were wearing your seatbelt.]]"]]
* GeniusBonus: An incredibly ironic joke in the film's final minutes. Miles, in the throes of depression, opens his prized vintage wine, a 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc. It's made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two grapes Miles had verbally trashed during the film.
** Frass Canyon, the vineyard Miles trashes [[spoiler:and where he gets the news that his book had been rejected]], is this plus MeaningfulName: the word "frass" means insect waste material.
* HilariousInHindsight: Miles and Jack would both go on to play ''Spider-Man'' villains.
* {{Squick}}: Miles drinking from the spit bucket at Frass Canyon.
** And there's of course the moment with the naked husband...just ugh.
*** What are you talking about? [[NakedPeopleAreFunny That scene's hilarious!]]
** The UnfortunateImplications of Miles buying a porn magazine called ''Barely Legal.'' He's an eighth grade teacher.
*** And he reads it enough that he can correct the clerk about which issue on the shelf is the most recent one.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The TV edit has one particularly nice moment where Jack's line about how a woman's husband caught him "with my cock in his wife's ass" is changed to the technically clean but still very suggestive "with my finger in his wife's cookie jar."