* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Miles' inexplicable view of three intimidating guys through the mail slot.
** It's Shenise's purse.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Miles Russell, since his scene at the mail slot was ''the'' inspiration for the ''HomeAlone'' films.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Hey, Buck's nephew is [[HomeAlone Kevin McAllister]], and his younger niece is [[NowAndThen Samantha Albertson]]!
** Hey, what's [[{{Roseanne}} Aunt Jackie]] doing living next to this family?
** [[YesDear Kim Warner]] is the older niece.
* {{Wangst}}: A lot of Tia's behavior, especially towards Buck, [[CharacterDevelopment until the end]].
* TheWoobie: Buck never does ''anything'' in the movie or in the backstory to justify the obvious contempt in which he is held by his entire family. Indeed, everything he does indicates that he is at heart an intelligent, caring man who simply acts unusual in response to being treated like a pariah.
** Moresoever, his unusual behavior consistently proves necessary to prevent the disastrous consequences of him being ignored- up to and including an attempted ''rape'' which he clearly saw coming.
** While Buck wasn't exactly living a very good lifestyle... among other things, his only income was gambling (apparently also involving fixed horse races), the fact that his sister-in-law treats this like he was some sort of low-life criminal mugging people at gunpoint reflects much worse on her than it does on Buck... as does the fact that his own brother never stands up for him.
** Tia is a JerkassWoobie, extremely harsh and critical to everyone around her, especially Buck, but is extremely depressed, bordering on clinical.