- Adaptation Displacement: The film was based on a short story called "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett. The film and the story are...er...quite different.
- Most notably, the points of the two are focused on different things. The story was about the concept of learning a new form of logic, and how the children are able to gain that. The movie was about people in the future suffering from some sickness and having to get "pure" DNA from the past for a cure.
- Crowning Moment Of Awesome: "Did you see the bridge?" Yes, Emma. Yes I did. And it was COOL.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Roger Waters wrote a song specifically for this movie. It can be heard on the end credits.
- Crowning Moment of Funny:
Emma: (watching a crab get killed on a cooking show) Yuck! They killed it!
Noah: (Emma is eating a hamburger) What about that chopped-up cow you're eating?
Emma: What chopped-up cow?
- (Larry points to the two-headed snake in the jar) "This is what happens when you screw with the code! ...And don't tell your parents I said the word 'screw.'"
- "The universe is speaking to you and you're worried about something as earth-bound as kidnapping?" -Naomi
- HSQ: The ending has a fairly high one. See CMOA above.
- Nightmare Fuel: Toward the end, there's a rather horrifying moment where Emma almost gets taken to the future with Mimzy. And there's nothing the parents can do, because they're blocked by a forcefield. Luckily, Noah gets past it and gets his sister away.
- Tear Jerker: When Emma says goodbye to Mimzy.