- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Dave rappelling out of his apartment after he's put on probation. It's random and doesn't really have an explanation, apart to set him up as rebellious, which doesn't come into play in the film.
- Ear Worm: "Three six nine, the goose drank wine, the money chewed tobacco on a streetcar line...", a catchy chant done by kids playing jump rope in Dave's fantasy.
- Ho Yay: Virtually every scene where Nelson and Dave interact. The two are huge Foils for each other, making for a quasi 'opposites attract' dynamic.
- Narm: There is something ungodly hilarious about a ten-year-old girl appearing out of nowhere on the subway to hurl a volley of swear-filled-insults at a bemused Kevin Bacon.
- Nightmare Fuel: Billy Mahony's apparition is terrifying. He's a Creepy Child who appears at intervals to attack Nelson. The flashback to his death provides plenty more of this on its own.
- Tear Jerker: Rachel confronting the ghost of her dead father. She had spent her whole life believing that she somehow was responsible for his suicide. Here she learns that it isn't her fault and she finally forgives her father.