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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: When Michael arrives late for Ben's swim race, he accidentally mistakes a kid named Ping Woo for Ben. The kid calls him out on it, but just to mess with him he claims he might be, which obviously freaks him out. It's funny, but no one ever brings it up again. The closest is a Call-Back when Michael goes after some punk kids letting off fire crackers, the kid and his family are seen in the same party as Michael and his family.
    Ping Woo: (crying) I hate that man!
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  • Fridge Brilliance: For the first half of the film, it's a typical Adam Sandler comedy, and the second half is more drama-orientated. One may see this as completely, and tonally inconsistent, or intentional. This is because in the comedy half, things go Michael's way when he uses the remote, like finishing architectural projects early or skipping moments he would not like to experience. When it shifts into drama, it indicates the consequences that have built up ever since he repeatedly used the remote, leading to him alienating his wife and father, being a terrible role model for his son, and eventually, losing his life from heart failure. In conclusion, the first half represented the short-term happiness, while the second half is the long-term sadness that ensued from the remote.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "Michael Jackson, the first man to clone himself, is now suing himself for molesting himself." Jackson died three years after this movie.
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    • There's a joke about Kevin Federline, still married to Britney Spears, getting a job. This movie came out the same year they got divorced.
    • The cameo by Dolores O'Riordan singing "Linger" at Ben's wedding, taking place in the late 2020's / early 2030's, became this after her untimely death in 2018.
  • He Really Can Act: While the film is goofy, Adam Sandler did the Tear Jerker scenes really well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Reveal that Christopher Walken's character is a Time Master angel. He's basically a live-action Whis.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Michael, once he realizes how his negligence has affected both his loved ones and himself.
  • Memetic Mutation: There's a trend of photoshopping the main poster to change what Sandler is holding and changing the title accordingly, usually with incredibly silly results.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The idea of a remote that can change the world has been done before in Goosebumps. With the same title, no less. Though the protagonist in that story wasn't willing to learn his lesson and wound up paying for it.
    • The basic plot of a man who finds a way to speed up time, only to throw away his whole life too soon, can be seen in the Adventures from the Book of Virtues story "The Magic Thread."
    • That is also the main plot of Italian children's book L'Orologio Azzurro ("The Blue Wristwatch"), published in 1994.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Terry Crews as the guy singing Loverboy's "Working For The Weekend" in his car when he and Michael are stuck in a traffic jam.
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