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  • Awesome Music: Saoirse Ronan's rendition of "Moronic" is very nice. It's this in-universe too.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Mother Nature is either an annoying and pointless addition to the film, or else a nice demonstration of Tracey Ullman's comic timing.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: When Izzy is getting rid of her Barbies, Rosie gets uncomfortable because the pile of naked dolls reminds her of a concentration camp.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Everyone loves Izzy. Being played by a young Saoirse Ronan with a massive dose of Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour Played for Laughs helps.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • In the scene where Rosie has a viewing party, Dylan uses his phone to take a picture of Brianna's chest. This basically makes him seem like a jerk, and is used to garner sympathy for Izzie (from both her mom and the audience). However, not long before that, Izzie had told her mom that she and her friends had gotten Dylan to play Truth or Dare. It's possible Dylan had received a dare to do what he did, which Izzie probably wouldn't have heard if it happened while she was talking with her mom. Which makes sense if you consider that right as that conversation was ending, Dylan and a friend of his came up to the two of them wanting to make sure Brianna was going to be at the party. The timing of their question could indicate the dare had just been made a moment ago.
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    • What Izzie and Mel said in the scene where they made a crank call to Matthew Perry makes more sense when one realizes that it was based on the theme song from his show Friends.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: The movie was in Development Hell for ages because producers worried nobody would want to see something about a 40-year-old woman. This could have been the reason it was pulled from a the planned theatrical release and sent straight to DVD (though it did play theatrically in some places).
  • Ham and Cheese: Graham Norton was clearly told "Be Yourself but sassier".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Rosie unloads on a Sadist Teacher who's been mistreating Izzie (who had admittedly been very cold and aloof towards Rosie herself). After she's finished telling him off, Izzie runs up and hugs her in gratitude.
    "You are the best mother ever."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer would later be reunited in Ant-Man and the Wasp, as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Janet Van Dyne, respectively.
    • Sarah Alexander (Jeannie) also starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in Stardust the same year - where this time they were both old women trying to regain their youth and beauty.
    • Yasmin Page plays Izzie's best friend, who Squees over celebrities with her. Also that same year she stars in Ballet Shoes as a child forced into performing who hates every minute of it.
  • Hollywood Homely: Subverted. Rosie is desperately trying to cling to her youth and worries that she's being judged for her age - but the only character who actually says this is Mother Nature, who's annoyed at any person who tries to preserve their youth. Rosie's romance with Adam would contradict this. For added effect Michelle Pfeiffer was seven years older than her character is supposed to be.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Taylor (Graham Norton's character) gets an extended monologue where he makes fun of Brianna's weight, even though Rosie tells him she has a great body.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • When Rosie puts the pieces together in her head and realizes what Jeannie did.
    • In fact just about any scene between Rosie and Adam or Rosie and Izzie. Or Izzie and Adam. Or that one with Rosie and Adam and Nathan.
    • Izzie's performance at the talent show, and how the whole audience (especially her mother, father, and Dylan) reacted to it.
  • Narm: Rosie's otherwise impressive Reason You Such Speech to Jeannie has a moment where she talks about her "screwing" other people. It was clearly dubbed over a much dirtier word.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The movie opens with a rather pointless sequence from Mother Nature complaining about how people have tried to slow down the aging process. Once we join Rosie and Izzie, the pace picks up.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Izzie's little song parody of "Oops I Did It Again" feels incredibly mean-spirited, and insensitive towards Britney Spears's mental health problems. In 2007 she was considered an Acceptable Target, but greater awareness of mental health issues in The New '10s makes this look very uncomfortable.
    • Jeannie being portrayed as a psycho who shamelessly abuses the Casting Couch to get hired looks a bit unusual in a post 'Me Too' world - especially when the film satirises Hollywood's attitude towards women.
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