* CriticalResearchFailure: The writers are somehow under the impression that there's something special about Thor's helmet. As in Creator/MarvelComics [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor.]] In the comics themselves, the only thing special about Thor's helmet is...he wears it.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: A gravelly-voiced Albert Collins issues the decree of "''Nobody'' leaves this stage without singin' the Blues." And thus, we demonstrate that Elisabeth Shue has surprisingly good pipes.
** Music/TheRollingStones. "Gimme Shelter". What else can you ask for? [[note]]well, it would've been nice of them to not cut it off so quickly, but hey, it's still "Gimme Shelter".[[/note]]
* EarWorm: Percy Sledge's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ssVntQN1E Just Can't Stop.]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE_jOD2Fxvs And Then He Kissed Me]]" could be this as well, having to hear it at the beginning and end of the film.
** And let us not forget "Baby Sittin Blues" ...baby baby!
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The first PG-13 film released by Disney, in 1987, has Marvel's Thor as a plot point. Flash forward 22 years, when Disney buys Marvel.
*** And what do they do in their second ''Thor'' movie? Give ''this'' film's skyscraper-scene a ShoutOut!
** For bonus points, Creator/VincentDOnofrio is joining the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Not as Thor, but as [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} the]] [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Kingpin]].
** Also, the whole joke is that Thor was an obscure character who only major comics nerds would care about.
* RetroactiveRecognition
** [[Series/TheWestWing Bradley Whitford]] as Mike Todwell.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Admit it, wouldn't it have been fun to see how the gangsters could have done to sing the blues to get out of that club to continue the chase?
* ToughActToFollow: [[Film/AdventuresInBabysitting2016 The remake]] has a bit of [[InJoke skyscraper to climb]], given this movie's status as a classic.
* ValuesDissonance: The use of "homo" as an insult was considered less offensive at the time when the movie came out.
* WhatAnIdiot: Oh so many:
** Brenda, instead of talking to her parents (either of them), gets the plot underway by taking a cab to the bus station. Only to realize that she only had enough money for the cab fare.
** Daryl, sure it's a great idea to steal something (in this case a ''Playboy'' with valuable information written inside) from a bunch of car thieving mobsters.
** Joe Gipp, obviously it's far too dangerous to leave three minors out on the streets of Chicago. They will surely be much safer at a mobsters' hideout.