For the 2015 film:
- Hilarious in Hindsight: John Krasinski plays a character that doesn't talk.
- Memetic Mutation: Every single time casting notices go around for any kind of non-white role, you can expect a few jokes about how Emma Stone would be perfect.
- One-Scene Wonder: General Dixon (played by Alec Baldwin). He is only in a few scenes, including one that was unfortunately given away by the trailer, but he takes charge of every one of them.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: The movie was barely a blip on the cultural radar in 2015 and would be completely forgotten already except for the whitewashing controversy. It was still being brought up at the 2019 Golden Globes along with fellow "white actress as Asian character" film Ghost in the Shell, to which Emma Stone audibly shouted "I'm sorry!" from the crowd.
- Unfortunate Implications: Casting Emma Stone as Alison Ng (who is stated to be one quarter Chinese and one quarter Hawaiian) created a big stir with the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans lambasting the movie for whitewashing the cast. It was also included in a segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Whitewashing in Hollywood. Making things more tangled is that the real-life Alison Ng was white-passing and had insecurities about it, but nobody believed it initially since "[Character] is mixed but passes for white" is a ridiculously well-known excuse for casting white actors in mixed-race roles.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: The film was heavily criticized and accused of whitewashing for casting the Caucasian Emma Stone as Allison Ng, who is said more than once to be one quarter Hawaiian and one quarter Chinese on her father's side and Swedish on her mother's side. While Cameron Crowe himself acknowledged that it turned out to be a bad decision, he also claimed that the character and her pride of being part-Hawaiian was meant to showcase the kind of racial diversity not uncommon in Hawaii and that she was actually based on a real Hawaiian local. Emma Stone herself also expressed regret about being cast in the role.