In the beginning, when talking to the producer, Charlie mentions everything he doesn't want in the film: drug trafficking, sex scenes, shootouts, car chases, etc. Guess what happens in the last 30 minutes
- In a similar tact, when Charlie sees Robert McKee's talk, McKee rants about the laziness of voiceovers (which are used extensively throughout the film) and Deus ex Machina
McKee: I'll tell you a secret. A last act makes a film. You can have flaws, problems, but wow them in the end and you've got a hit.