- Talking to Himself: Played with. Mark (the character) gets yelled at by his cousin in the basketball scene. Mark's cousin is played by Mark (the writer), who is who Mark (the character) is based off of.
- Technology Marches On: Mark and his friends are avid collectors of movies on LaserDisc.
Mark Altman (Writer/Producer): "[W]e refused to even acknowledge the existence of DVD, instead extolling LaserDiscs incessantly throughout the film, [a format] which was already in its death throes, a decision which dates the movie worse than any other decision we made on that film."