- Actor Allusion: Christopher Walken plays an undercover (arch)angel. Walken has said that when he read the script, he decided that Morty and Gabriel were actually the same person, and played Morty accordingly. If you watch the two movies back-to-back, it's impossible to miss: "it's time to come home.".
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Christopher Walken as Morty.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Michael's mother is Marge Simpson.
- And need we forget James Earl Jones is apparently hired to do commentaries on every person's life.
- Playing with Character Type: Sandler's character. More information on the trope page.
- Recycled Premise: The concept of a universal remote control was done before in Buster strip Vid Kid, where the title character used his remote to solve everyday situations with often disastrous results.
- Retroactive Recognition: Seeing Jonah Hill as the 17-year-old Ben.
- The film features the children of Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, Hoffman's son Jake plays the adult Ben and Nicholson's daughter Lorraine plays the teenage Samantha.