- Dawson Casting: Downplayed with Brianna Hildebrand, who was twenty playing eighteen, but played straight with Alexandra Shipp (twenty-five), Josh Hutcherson, and Jack Quaid (both twenty-four). Savannah Jayde is a borderline case, being about twenty-one at the time.
- Dead Star Walking: Josh Hutcherson doesn't even survive the first twenty minutes. In fact, his death was heavily featured in the advertising.
- Playing Against Type: Josh Hutcherson, usually cast as sensitive Nice Guys, here plays a motorcycle-riding douchebag.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Much of the film's humor is rooted in satirizing the True Crime fandom of the 2010s, portraying it as obsessed with murderers in a manner that recalls the real-life "Columbiner" communities of that era. After the Parkland shooting and the March for Our Lives in 2018, a year after this film came out, the online true crime community took a very notable shift away from that sort of attitude, and nowadays, the idolization of serial killers and spree killers of the sort that Sadie and McKayla engage in is regarded as tasteless, at least in the more mainstream communities.
Trivia / Tragedy Girls