YMMV: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
- Ending Fatigue: This movie originally ran over three hours with intermission. Even in the two-and-a-half-hour cut usually screened now, this is a long movie and the climax goes on for a while. Needless to say, watching this movie beginning-to-end is a serious commitment.
- Memetic Mutation: "It's a/an [X], [X], [X], [X] World".
- PIKE SMASH!!!
- One-Scene Wonder: Almost all the celebrity cameos, but special mention to The Three Stooges who appear as firemen. They're onscreen only for a few seconds without any lines, and it's among the movie's funniest moments.
- A non-celebrity stand-out is Barrie Chase, who plays Sylvester's unnamed girlfriend; she maintains a perfect stone face while go-go dancing in a bikini.
- Tear Jerker: Emmeline's talk with the captain. She never wanted to be a part of this huge mess in the first place, is ignored by her husband and mother whenever she tries to speak up (If not being told out right to shut up), she ends up being the first to realize where the money is, offers to share half with the captain with the hopes that with her share she can run away from her family to somewhere nice, only to see the others have found it.
"It was a nice dream. Lasted almost five minutes."
- A more subtle one occurs with the Captain's phone conversation with his wife; he tells her he's had a big break in the robbery case that he's been working on for literally years, and she has absolutely no idea what he's talking about.
- Values Dissonance: The argument over splitting the money specifically excludes the women as potential recipients of shares until they complain about it.
- Though that could simply be because the dividing of the shares began with a discussion of who went down to the wreck, and those people would in turn divide with the others in their parties.
- Or because they considered each couple to be one unit- which is why Lenny Pike and Mrs. Marcus protest and the whole arguement over how to divide the money begins.
- The Woobie: Pike, Monica, and Emmeline for all the undeserved crap they go through. Culpepper too, though he's possibly a Jerkass Woobie.
- Pike and Culpepper are more like Iron Woobies.