** Jennifer Warnes' "Nights Are Forever" in the soundtrack.
** The ''entire score''. Music/JerryGoldsmith, people! Highlighted by "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIqDN5MA80 Kick the Can]]".
** In the "Good Life" segment, one of the characters is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5pQfOMkhmQ trapped in cartoon land]]. The character is played by Creator/NancyCartwright, a voice-actress then only a few years away from [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons her most notable role]]. And just to hammer it home, the second "TreehouseOfHorror" episode would spoof this story, with Bart as the all-powerful boy.
** In this same segment, the boy has the family eat hamburgers with peanut butter on them (and with candy instead of burger patties), which they evidently find unappetizing. Nowadays, peanut butter is a common hamburger topping at certain restaurants.
** When Creator/WilliamShatner was given a recurring role on ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', it was inevitable that both he and Creator/JohnLithgow would claim they each saw a man on the wing of their plane, and no one believed them.
** Much is made of Halley's Comet's return in "Kick the Can", which would happen three years later, and was a big disappointment.
* JerkassWoobie: Mr. Conroy comes off as cynical and bitter to the rest of the Sunnyvale's residents, but the first thing we see of him is his own son reneging on a promise to let him come visit his grandchildren.
* NeverLiveItDown: See OvershadowedByControversy
* OvershadowedByControversy: The film will be forever tainted by that helicopter crash which killed Morrow and those kids. Creator/StevenSpielberg ''never'' forgave Creator/JohnLandis and the two have not been on speaking terms since. Creator/EddieMurphy distanced himself at first as well, but eventually agreed to later work with Landis on ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' and ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII''.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/NancyCartwright plays Ethel. Her career-defining role is entirely offscreen as a voice actress, but you can clearly hear shades of [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] creeping into her voice when she explains Anthony's true nature to Helen.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Teetering between light fantasy and horror, the film has been a mixed bag for many viewers.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The youthified elderly are ridiculously cute.
** The fact that an actor and two children died in such a horrible way during the production of this film.
** Not to mention the "Kick the Can" segment, which can be considered this for some older fans. Particularly Mr. Conroy's heartbroken reaction near the beginning when his son rudely brushes him off - and his begging of a young teenaged Mr. Agee to take him with him.