* AwardSnub: Similar to most of the Coen films before ''Fargo'', this was relatively ignored come Oscar time (outside of a few warranted nominations for technical categories like Art Direction along with Best Supporting Actor for Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick). In particular, John Turturro's and John Goodman's performances deserved far more consideration (though Goodman at least scored a Golden Globe nod).
* DoingItForTheArt: Barton's life of the mind of the common man
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The further you get into the movie, the less you can believe it's meant to be taken literally.
* HilariousInHindsight: Scenes with Barton and producer Ben Geisler are funnier once you realize it's an interaction between [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian and Ambrose Monk]] years before that show even was produced.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: Much of Barton and Charlie's dialog just makes you feel fuzzy. [[spoiler: It all goes down the drain after TheReveal, however.]]
* HoYay: Barton denies that his relationship with Charlie was some sort of sex thing, claiming that they just wrestled.
* LeFilmArtistique
* RootingForTheEmpire: Charlie Meadows, of all people
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Jack Lipnick at the end.
* ThrowItIn: The bird diving at the end wasn't planned.