Crosses the Line Twice: Olive's beauty-pageant performance: an inappropriate and borderline erotic performance, set to the tune of "Super Freak", which, ironically, has her wearing more clothes than some of the other contestants.
The beginning of the film is set at Albuquerque, has drugs as a sub-plot and stars Bryan Cranston (as an obnoxious business man) and Dean Norris (as a cop) in minor roles. Two years later, the two will headline a TV show set in Albuquerque involving drugs as the main plot with the former portraying a teacher-turned-drug lord and the latter playing a high-ranking cop.
Which goes into Nightmare Fuel if you consider that those girls all were real-life beauty pageant contestants and those were their real contest performances (minus Olive's, of course). To be fair, though, some of the girls' mothers insisted that things like the leg waxing were made up.
Happened by accident with the biker dad sitting next to Richard. He did have a kid in the pageant, Word of God said that in most of these things you do see more guys in the audience cause the mothers are backstage with the daughters.
Probably intentional with the pageant announcer, who gave off a majorly creepy vibe.
Tough Act to Follow: Dayton and Farris haven't directed another film for six years. Their next film, Ruby Sparks, is about a writer who wrote a successful book in his late teens, but has been suffering from writer's block ever since.
What an Idiot: Frank, considering the whole family is in a hurry to make it to the pageant and there's already been enough delays like a death on the trip, maybe you can have waited until you've arrived at the destination before telling Dwayne that color-blind people can't be pilots.
To be fair to Frank he didn't come straight out and say it at once, and Dwayne could tell he knew something was wrong and obviously wasn't going to just let the matter drop. There was really no way he could have put it off until a better moment, at that point.
The Woobie: Olive. She is obviously not pageant material, but God bless her, she's so adorable and determined that you can't help but love her.
Dwayne. You had to feel for the guy during his breakdown.
Really, every main character qualifies for this trope on some level.