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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Becky eventually telling Dante that she loves him despite earlier claiming that she doesn't believe in romantic love. Did she just need defrosting to come to terms with her own romantic feelings, or is she aromanticnote  and Dante was just her exception in the same way many people think Holden was Alyssa's?
  • Awesome Music:
    • Talking Heads' "(Nothing But) Flowers" scoring the opening scene. Kevin Smith said that this was one early idea for the film that he insisted on keeping no matter what.
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    • Grandma, what was it liiiiiike? and the aforementioned musical number.
    • "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins playing when everyone is at their lowest in the film.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The dance scene that turns into a full musical number. The dancers include an emo girl, a cheerleader, a girl in full Indian garb, a football player, a bus driver, a woman wearing a barbeque apron, and a nun. The only bearing on the plot that it has is that the scene ends with Dante revealing his love for Becky and in return Becky revealing that she's pregnant.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • Randal taking childlike glee bullying a paraplegic guy on the internet is somehow made moot by his love of calling him "crippy boy."
    • Randal's "porch monkey" rant crosses the line way more than twice! And then Elias casually asking "Did Randal just call Mister Dante a nigger?" crosses it about a hundred more times.
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    • Kevin Smith once said that the only reason Judd Apatow's films are more marketable than his is because Apatow would draw the line at a donkey show. Smith, on the other hand...
  • Ear Worm: "Naughty Girls Need Love Too", the song that plays during the donkey show.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Invoked. It's clear than Dante and Randal's idea of closure is really just a desperate attempt to cling to some kind of complacency rather than progress with the rest of society, and then they'll forever be stuck in their own past. There's also the Reality Subtext of Technology Marches On, as Randal is reopening a video rental store while Netflix is busy killing the video rental industry, shortly before online streaming finished it off. And the movie makes it clear than Randal cannot and will not adapt to the times.note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • "You never go ass-to-mouth!" Even more since Smith would still later describe his own film Tusk as "a cuddly version" of that one.
    • Randal's "a lot of walking" complaint in regards to The Lord of the Rings trilogy happens to be the general complaint in regards to The Hobbit films, which happens to be more critically divided when compared to the previous films.
  • Ho Yay: Randal and Dante.
    Randal: (to Dante) You're my best friend, and I love you. In a totally heterosexual way.
    Jay: (to Silent Bob) Yeah, right.
    • Not to mention the fact that their every argument sounds like a lover's tiff.
    • Jay demands that Dante and Randal engage in oral sex (and then engage in ass-to-mouth) before he'll give them the money. Bob gives him a funny look and he takes it back. In a cut scene, Bob follows up by telling Jay that he's "just a gay man in deep denial."
    • There’s also Silent Bob mouthing “Sit down, girl! I think I love ya!” to Jay, the twirling him in his arms during the “ABC” segment.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Some people will agree that Randal was totally right about Return of the King having way too many endings, and the "very fucking gay look" that Sam gave Frodo near the end.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Emma is a controlling shrew, but she still didn't deserve to walk in on her fiance kissing another woman, then finding out that said other woman is pregnant with Dante's child.
    • Randal at the end, when he reveals how much he has been dreading Dante moving away.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • PORCH MONKEY 4 LIFE.
    • "It's cool. I'm/We're taking it back."
  • Misaimed Fandom: Guess how many people actually get that Randal is supposed to be 'wrong' in the Porch Monkey scene? Not very many.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Hey kids, its Jason Lee/Ben Affleck/Ethan Suplee/Earthquake/Wanda Sykes/Kevin's Mom! (APPLAUSE)
  • Tear Jerker
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the slightly divisive Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the generally unpopular Jersey Girl, the film was widely seen as a return to form for Kevin Smith. In retrospect however, it's generally viewed as a brief respite before Smith's Hollywood career completely crumbled and he's since taken to doing films that are nothing like his older ones.

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