* CanonSue: Amber
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Amber's tap dance is pretty dang good.
* CultClassic: The film was both a financial and critical failure in theaters, but has since gained appreciation for its dark humor and quirky characters.
* EndingFatigue: The movie goes on an insanely long time after the murder mystery is wrapped up.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoment: So many thanks to the abundant use of dramatic irony and black comedy.
** "You know what, Dad? Peter's gay!" ({{Beat}}) "'''GAY!!!'''"
** Becky's talent performance. Is "Crowning Moment of Offensive" a trope yet?
*** CrossesTheLineTwice.
** "I'm a winner. Nobody can stop me but me." Cue explosion.
** The [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary-sweet]] nurse who tries and fails miserably to cheer up Annette and Loretta.
--> Do you think a nice cool mint will help if I shove your head up your ass?
* LesYay: Between Amber and Lisa, when Lisa gives up her costume so the former of the two can compete. They even kiss each other on the cheek!
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The film was made before "retard" was labeled a slur against mentally disabled people. So it can be pretty disconcerting seeing it thrown around so freely, to the point that it seems to be considered an {{Inherently Funny Word}}.
** Leslie Miller (the Amy Adams character) is portrayed as a lovable DumbBlonde stereotype who pays her way through college by table dancing. [[spoiler: [[DisposableSexWorker The documentary crew states that she disappeared under suspicious circumstances]].]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: AmyAdams!