- Hollywood Homely: Sabrina at the beginning of the film. She's supposed to be unremarkable, but no effort was made to hide Audrey Hepburn's beauty, aside from having her wear plain clothing. For the remake, long hair and glasses are apparently enough to make Julia Ormond plain. Of course, the film revolves Sabrina's self-image, and the fact David has always thought of her as Like Brother and Sister.
- Manipulative Bastard: Linus. He doesn't realize she'd been manipulating him too in ways he didn't expect.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It's not something that ruins the whole movie for most people, but the process of Sabrina becoming a sophisticate while staying in Paris occurs almost entirely offscreen.