The film contains examples of:
- Fridge Brilliance: The actor who plays Combo is of mixed ethnic ancestry and, judging from the name, so is the character. This puts the conversation about black absentee fathers in a hell of a whole new light.
- Funny Moments: Lots.
- Heartwarming Moments: Woody buying Shaun the Ben Sherman shirt.
Shaun: I just wanted to say thanks. This has been the best day of my life.
- Jerkass Woobie: Shane Meadows mentions in the commentary that lots of people told him they felt sorry for Combo even though they didn't like him.
The miniseries provides examples of:
- Funny Moments: The fight between the skinheads and the biker again.
- Complete with Flip hamming it up with the immortal line "You are all standing in the danger zone!"
- Nightmare Fuel: Mick, Lol's father - especially when he appears in Lol's visions/nightmares in '88 and '90.
- Tear Jerker: Lol's final confrontation with her father, followed by Combo's redemptive act when he stumbles upon the aftermath.
Combo: "Let me do a good thing..."
- And Lol and Combo's emotional conversation about everything in the following series.
- Kelly and Gadget's conversation at the end of the second episode of '90.
- The entire dinner scene in the third episode of '90.
- Woody and Combo's reunion, with both brought to tears.
- Combo and Milky's conversation in the finale, along with Combo being dragged off to his death, begging for his life.