Trivia: Better Off Dead
- 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!
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Elizabeth Daily, the voice of Tommy and Buttercup appears as the singer in the New Years dance. Also, Lane's father is Major Winchester.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Charles is played by Curtis Armstrong, who currently plays Snot on American Dad! and the lead on Dan Vs..
- The Howard Cosell impression was voiced by Rich Little.
- Old Shame: Evidently Cusack's opinion of this film.