- Cliché Storm
- Complete Monster: Mickey Cohen is incredibly vicious and violent and never shows any remorse or compassion.
- Genius Bonus: Mickey refers to Grace as Claude Rains when she starts to suddenly be gone for long periods of time, due to being with Wooters.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The scene in the trailer where gangsters fire upon people in a movie theater while emerging from the screen became this after the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. This even prompted a reshoot for the film and pushing its release date back several months.
- Narm: A few of Cohen's lines, most notably "Here comes Sandy Claws!"
- Never Live It Down: The above incident likely doomed the movie, causing a very poor box office opening.
- Overshadowed By Controversy: Even with the reshot scenes, the film as whole was deemed to be so violent that it was still hard to forget the parallel with Aurora.