- Critical Dissonance: The film has quite a fanbase for a movie with a 36% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also a favorite of Roger Ebert.
- One-Scene Wonder: Rita Moreno as dance instructor Madame Rulenska.
- The Woobie: Even though he doesn't take much shit from Rick, it's hard to not feel sorry for Angus at times, especially the times when he pours his heart out to his grandpa. Angus' best bud Troy moreso, because he's a little guy and can't fight back (though he's somewhat mouthy).