- Crowning Moment of Funny:
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Weird Al" Yankovic's title song.
Weird Al: It's the theme from Spy Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard! Weird Al's Head A Splodes.
- First Installment Wins: Of all the films that Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg actually had a significant part in writing — their credit on the first Scary Movie apparently being mostly for contractual reasons — this is the only one that even comes close to being decent. The fact that they didn't direct nor write the final screenplay — Jason's father Rick Friedberg did — probably helped.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Nowadays, most people just watch this for Weird Al's opening song.
- Older Than They Think:
- This film actually predated the first Austin Powers film by a year. However, most viewers felt it came across more like a fourth The Naked Gun film than a James Bond spoof, meaning that Austin Powers actually ended up feeling fresher than this film. It certainly didn't help the fact that they cast Leslie Nielsen as the freaking main character!
- Like Austin Powers, the film opens with a flashback showing the lead character working with his female partner, and then said partner's daughter follows her into the spy world following a Time Skip (albeit Barbara Dahl ends up being a Distressed Damsel, whereas Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers was a Hypercompetent Sidekick).
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Bill Conti's score utilizes numerous parodies of famous movie music, including Home Alone, True Lies, ET, In the Line of Fire, and Speed.