- Actor Allusion: When Beth (Amanda Wyss) shows up at the dance, there is someone behind her wearing Freddy Krueger's sweater. Wyss played Krueger's first victim in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
- Dawson Casting: Charles. Explicitly justified:
Charles: I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years, now. I'm no dummy!
- Old Shame: For a long time, this was Cusack's opinion of this film, but he appears to have mellowed somewhat in recent years.
- Prop Recycling: Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century appears in the background of the Christmas scene.