This movie has examples of the following tropes :
- Ambiguous Ending
- In Medias Res: The opening scene has the lawyer listening to a tape from the girls.
- Jailbird of Panama
- Spoiler Title: The suite of David Newman's score on the soundtrack album is called "The Arrest/ Darlene Goes Home."
- Toxic Friend Influence: Alice Marano is this to Darlene Davis. Some fans also believe that Alice was the one responsible for the drugs, and that she was a drug smuggler all along.