- Audience-Alienating Premise: A film about a black man being mistaken for a thief and almost getting killed for it and it's Played for Laughs! Not helped by the fact much of the humor is sitcomesque.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The scene of Andrew Strerling being shot up by police can look bad today in the age of Black Lives Matter with police brutality and shooting of innocent civilains, especially those around the African-American community.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Andrew Sterling is talking to Amos Odell about his accomplishments, one of which is writing a play called Yo Brother, Where Art Thou?. Eight years later, The Coen Brothers made a film with that exact title, minus the "Y" in "Yo".
- Playing Against Type: Brad Dourif in a rare comedic role as the well-meaning but clueless cop.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This film makes points about racism that apply both to white and black people, with whites shouldn't assume blacks are always doing something illegal and blacks shouldn't feel oppressed just because things don't go their way.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some critics have wondered how effective the film would have been had more social satire humor been utilized.
- Values Resonance: Stories of black people being attacked by police for entering their own homes have become sadly more common since this film came out, making Andrew Sterling's complaints about the system that much more relevant.
YMMV / Amos & Andrew