* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/ThePianist Wladyslaw Szpilman]], [[{{Zoolander}} Hansel]], and [[IHeartHuckabees Albert Markovski]] are three brothers on a train trip-slash-spiritual journey.
* RealitySubtext: [[spoiler: Francis's suicide attempt mirrors Owen Wilson's attempt, seeing how they both intentionally crashed their vehicles, minus Francis cutting his wrists.]]
* WrittenByCastMember: Schwartzman co-wrote the film with Anderson and Roman Coppola.
* WrittenInInfirmity: Anderson wrote in Francis's facial bandages after [[spoiler:Owen Wilson intentionally crashed his car in a suicide attempt.]]