- Dueling Movies: Deliberately averted by the producers. Beastly was originally scheduled to be released in 2010 around the same time as Charlie St Cloud, but since Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron were still dating, Beastly was moved up to avoid competition between the then-couple. In hindsight, this might have been a moot point, as neither movie appears to have been very successful.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Alex Pettyfer shaved his head bald. As his hair had been a security blanket for him, it acted as Enforced Method Acting to understand Kyle's transformation. He also put on about fifteen pounds of muscle.
- Fake American: British Alex Pettyfer as Kyle.
- Fake Nationality: Lisa Gay Hamilton plays the Jamaican Zola.
- Playing Against Type: Not only is Mary Kate Olsen playing a character who isn't a twin, she's playing a Wicked Witch.
- Review Ironic Echo: Many negative reviews latched onto the line "Get ready to embrace the suck".