- Career Resurrection: What Dickie's looking for, and what he believes Mr. Blake's Backyard will provide for him. He only learns of the project from Leif Garrett, who even says that it could be to Dickie what Pulp Fiction was to John Travolta. He also intends to publish his autobiography only after he's already accomplished this, since he wants it to end on the note that he's back on the up and up; however, he ends up doing it beforehand to acquire the money he needs to research the role of Mr. Blake.
- Casting Gag: Dickie Robert's mother is played by Doris Roberts.
- Dyeing for Your Art: In-universe, Dickie temporarily decides to dye his hair black during his time treated like a child in order to not be recognized during the experience. It... only made things worse in the long run.
- Also, although Rob Reiner tells Dickie that he has the right basic look he was going for, Dickie says that he's willing to alter his appearance in any necessary way.
- I Am Not Spock: During the closing song, Maureen McCormick provides a threat to anyone who calls her Marcia, which is followed by Dustin Diamond saying he'd "rather be called Marcia than Screech".
- Technology Marches On: At one point, the mother is unable to find the address of an important client, with fire trucks delaying their arrival, so Dickie makes a prank call about a fire in the location and tells her to follow the fire trucks. These days, she would more likely have a device to provide directions, if not on her cell phone.
- Throw It In!: Sally's rhyme was a routine practice that actress Jenna Boyd did. The director loved it and had her work it into the movie.
- What Could Have Been: The script was originally a lot darker and involved a heavy drug smuggling plot.
Trivia / Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star