* AcclaimedFlop: Despite critical and awards love, the film failed to break even (grossing $32.5 million on a $60 million budget). In fact, the film's box office failure may have led to the decline of Cameron Crowe's career until his 2011 comeback.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Kate Hudson is not the main character. Patrick Fugit is.
* {{Defictionalization}}: One of the Director's Cut DVD extras was a "Stillwater" CD.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A benevolent example. Crowe wanted to include a scene where William plays [[Music/LedZeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"]] for his mom. The whole song. WordOfGod says they couldn't get the rights to "Stairway" for the scene.
** Crowe's original title was, and this is true, [[NoTitle ''Untitled'']].
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** I didn't know [[Series/TheOfficeUS Dwight Schrute]] worked at ''Rolling Stone'' in the '70s.
** Or that [[Series/NewGirl Jess]] had a brief career as a flight attendant then.
** Or that [[TrueBlood Sookie]] followed Stillwater.
** Or that [[Series/{{NCIS}} Abby]] was a DJ.
** [[LateNight Jimmy Fallon]] as Stillwater's new manager.
** Since when was [[Series/MyNameIsEarl Earl]] in a band? I thought he was some songwriter raising [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks six talking/singing chipmunks]]?
** When did [[Series/ModernFamily Cameron]] work at a hotel?
** Why is that guy from the Music/RedHousePainters and Music/SunKilMoon a bassist? Isn't he a singer-songwriter?
** Who knew [[JayBaruchel Hiccup]] was a huge Led Zeppelin fan?
* StarMakingRole: For Kate Hudson. Although far from suffering in obscurity due to being Goldie Hawn's daughter, this is the performance that earned her widespread acclaim and helped to launch her as an A-List star in her own right.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Played for a laugh. "A Mo-Jo, it's a very high-tech machine that transmits pages over the telephone! It only takes eighteen minutes a page!"
* ThrowItIn: "Do you want to go to Morocco?" "Yes. [beat] Ask me again." This was not scripted, but in fact was Patrick Fugit asking Kate Hudson to do another take of the exchange.