* AwardSnub: Many feel the film version was robbed of the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Best Picture Oscar]] by ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]''. Many believe ''The Return of the King'' won Best Picture because the previous two installments had also been nominated but had lost.
-->'''Clint Eastwood:''' We got Hobbitized.
** A lot of people felt that Creator/KevinBacon deserved more recognition (especially an Oscar nod) for his role but was overlooked because this is a film packed with heavy hitters putting in some of their best work ever.
* HilariousInHindsight: Laurence Fishburne's casting as Whitey Powers became even funnier when it was revealed that he'd been cast as Perry ''White'' in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
* JerkassWoobie: Jimmy.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The one that forms both the plot and shapes the characters as adults is [[spoiler: Dave's molestation by two pedophiles who posed as cops]].
** Though there's a lot of grey morality at play and regret over the action, [[spoiler:Jimmy's murder of Dave]] is this. At the end of the day it's a self-serving half cocked revenge ploy that they refuses to take responsibility for. [[spoiler:Annabeth's complicity in covering it up]] is similarly self serving, dismissing an unjust murder just for their own piece of mind.
* TheWoobie: Dave ''and then some.''
** Brendan. [[spoiler: He's lost both his girlfriend and brother by the end of the story.]]