- Actor Allusion: Marisa lives in the Bronx, where Jennifer Lopez is from. In fact, Marisa's Cinderella-story is very similar to Lopez' meteoric rise to fame.
- Designated Hero: Steph. She is the one who gets Marissa involved in the whole mess and then adds to her stress by submitting an application for the management position without her permission. She never gets punished for ruining Marissa's reputation and is never called out for her actions.
- Designated Villain: Caroline Lane, Marisa's rival for Chris' affections (or so she thinks). When you think about it, she doesn't really do anything wrong but act like a flake and make a completely valid complaint about Marisa "borrowing" her clothes.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Most people tend to like Caroline, thanks to her being Spoiled Sweet and due to Natasha Richardson's Adorkable performance.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Christopher and Marisa sleep together despite barely knowing each other and believing (at the time) that they're never going to see each other again. This is a movie geared towards the very impressionable pre/young teen set.
- Funny Moments:
"What am I supposed to do? Make his bed with me in it?"
- Marissa sums up her situation with Chris quite nicely when Steph suggests she pursue him.
"Mom, I hate to break it to you but I don't think Chris is after you for your money".
- Ty shows that he's capable of throwing some snark out there too.
- Strawman Has a Point: Caroline filing a complaint when she discovers Marisa has been wearing her clothes and using her identity. We, the audience, know Marisa didn't have any malicious intentions, but Caroline doesn't and has every right to be upset. It's unfortunate that it results in Marisa being fired, but that wasn't Caroline's doing, it was the hotel manager's.