* [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment]]/[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Music Of Awesome]]: Mel's first performance. No contest.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The ending.
* HoYay: Drin almost kisses Mel a couple of times.
* OneSceneWonder: Oleg Yankovskiy as Fred's father gives the movie's most lauded performance, despite having about 5 minutes of screen time.
* RootingForTheEmpire: it is perfectly possible for Russians to think the Komsomol was actually right and the stilyagi were wrong, since the flood of Western pop culture was one of the factors that contributed to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Union]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Mel's father reading a Soviet newspaper: "Look! A crisis in the U.S. economy!"