These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Harsher in Hindsight - River Phoenix, who plays Mike, died not long after this film's release from a drug overdose. His character ends up abandoned and alone and…well…left for dead. Not to mention the copious drug use in the film by the hustlers, including Mike.