- Angst? What Angst?: Ricki thinks that Larry starts fights with people as a means to avoid dealing with his emotional issues such as sadness.
- Awesome Music: The score, by John Powell, is one of the few things about the movie many people will admit they like. It's a great easy-listening album and nice to break out at Valentine's Day. Here's a nice sample.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
- Many Christopher Walken cameos can come off this way, but this takes the cake (er, pie whatever). His scene begins unassumingly enough with him playing a detective there to ask some questions, but then he starts talking about pie for no apparent reason, leaves, and is never alluded to again.
- Another strange bit is when Robin, Ricki's ex-girlfriend, shows up at the apartment. She gets upset when she thinks that Ricki and Larry are now a thing, she slits her wrists, is taken to the hospital, and never appears again.
- Bile Fascination: Its reputation definitely garners this. Although by the following decade, reviews noted that while badly made, it was not as bad as when the film was preceded by the romance between its stars suffering media overexposure to paint the critical reaction, as detailed in the next entry.
- Critical Backlash: An interesting case. Many of the reviews it got at the time it was released ran the gamut from calling it So Okay, It's Average to garden-variety bad, but the combination of that and the Bennifer-oriented direction the film took caused it to be labeled as one of the worst films ever by the general public and warranted the film six Golden Raspberry Awards at the 24th such ceremony.note Roger Ebert actually took time out of a different review to point out that it wasn't that bad.
- Ending Fatigue: Among other things, this movie misses multiple logical endpoints in its last half-hour, beginning with the protagonists leaving Starkman's home.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Christopher Walken shows up, talks about pie for some reason, leaves. End of the interesting scenes in the movie.
- Ham and Cheese: Al Pacino's scene runs on this. Given that Gigli was directed by Martin Brest, who kickstarted Pacino's overacting phase with Scent of a Woman, totally justified.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Re-written to cash in on the "Bennifer" craze, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez would end their relationship not so long after this film's release, leading many to speculate if their experience in this movie played a hand in that.
- Idiot Plot: To the point that Pacino's character's whole role in the story is basically to point out to Louis, Larry, and Ricki how stupid they've all been.
- Narm: Ricki laying seductively on Larry's bed and whispering, "It's turkey time. Gobble-gobble." Not only does it completely fail to be romantic or arousing in any way, but it's such a strange and nonsensical line that it crops up on many a list of the worst movie quotes ever.
- Never Live It Down: The film made no secret of its painful attempts to cash in on the Bennifer craze dominating the tabloids at the time of its release, even being explicitly rewritten against the director's wishes for this purpose. The end result was received about as well as one can imagine.
- Even worse, many speculate that its disastrous performance was in part responsible for Ben and J-Lo deciding to break it off not long after it bombed in theaters.
- One-Scene Wonder: Walken and Pacino's respective scenes - the former is his usual weird self, while the latter gives a hammy performance while providing a man with a bloody death.
- Retroactive Recognition: That's Justin Bartha giving such a terrible performance as Brian in his film debut. Everyone has to start somewhere.
- Romantic Plot Tumor: In the eyes of many people, the film would have been a lot more bearable as a straight-up mobster movie instead of a cheesy Ben & J.Lo romance.
- So Bad, It's Good: The premium movie channel that got stuck with the broadcasting rights tried to bill it as this. Their ad campaign literally included the phrase, "See what's so bad about what people called the worst movie ever!"
- Squick: Louis getting his head blown off into a fish tank and the fish eating pieces of his brains.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez as mob goons, who are completely unconvincing in the part and give some of the most awkward performances of their careers.
YMMV / Gigli