* HarsherInHindsight: Armand having to talk Albert out of killing himself. Sadly, Robin Williams didn't take his own advice.
** Coupled with a FunnyAneurysmMoment near the beginning where Armand threatens to kill himself if Albert doesn't perform the main act of the show.
** And Mike Nichols also passed away just a few months earlier.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Agador Spartacus.
* HilariousInHindsight: TheReveal in the 2000s that hyper-conservative Sen. Strom Thurmond had an affair (and love child) with a black maid and that the revelation came out only after Thurmond had died.
* KarmaHoudini: As pointed out by [[NeedsMoreGay Rantasmo]], we don't see the Senator and his wife get reprimanded for their attitudes, we see them at the wedding but there is no idea of how they...evolved. There is no indication that Val learned anything from making his fathers act out a charade.
** It can be argued that Val, while not punished for what he does, at least has [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone an unspoken epiphany]] when he sees just how willing Albert is to bend over backwards for the sake of his engagement, even if the girls' parents are JerkAss conservatives. Pulling off Albert's wig and saying "This is my mother" is sort of his way of saying "I don't know why I was ever ashamed of you." It's also implied that the Keelees are not quite as ultra-conservative as they let on, and most of their dialogue about "a return to family values" are a put on for the sake of the senator's campaign.
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzalas: As it was one of the first, not to mention most successful, films to portray CampGay characters sympathetically, many openly Gay find the movie both hilarious and relatable.
* TheScrappy: Val, to some, both because of the hell he puts his parents through for the sake of his own happiness and his utter lack of personality.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: A major part of the plot relies on the fact that this movie was made when car phones could make but not receive calls. A good part of the drama could have been... well... [[FawltyTowersPlot delayed]] if Katherine had a cell phone.
* ValuesDissonance[=/=]ValuesResonance: An interesting mixture of the two. On the one hand, the pro-gay-rights message still resonates today. However, the views publicly expressed by the conservatives in this movie come across as much more of a StrawmanPolitical than they did at the time. This is particularly true of the idea that conservative figures having gay relatives is a major liability, as many prominent Republicans now do (Dick Cheney's daughter, Michele Bachman's stepsister, and Phyllis Schlafly's son).