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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • A common fan-theory is that there is no magic wish at work here, and is actually just Fletcher finally having a meltdown after feeling bad about lying for so long.
    • Samantha Cole. Was she always a cold-hearted Gold Digger, or was she a much nicer person before Fletcher's Tina Turner speech pushed her over the edge?
    • For Max, the movie portrays him as The Woobie, owing to his parent's divorce. However, to some, he's viewed as a Spoiled Brat who only cares about what he wants. Though it's also worth remembering that Max is only five or six years old.
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    • Miranda has several.
      • At first, did Miranda only recruit Fletcher for the Cole case because of his skills as an Amoral Attorney, or was there a spark of attraction due to said skills that wanted to see him succeed?
      • One could argue that Miranda shows signs of possibly being a sex addict given how quick she was to seduce Fletcher into sleeping with her, and that the reason she came to hate Fletcher so much after the "I've had better" comment was because she prided herself as someone who was good in bed.
      • When Miranda overhears Fletcher talking about how he's unable to tell a lie, does she take advantage of this to get Fletcher to admit what he thinks of his boss and possibly get fired because of what he said after they had sex, because she's just mean, or because the firm needs to win this case and if he gets in trouble, he'll get replaced with a lawyer who can tell lies?
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
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    • Sometimes lying is better than telling the truth. As explained by Fletcher when he talks about how a pregnant Audrey asked if she looked fat and he said no, and that if he'd told her she looked like a cow, it'd have hurt her feelings.
    • Max then says "My teacher says that real beauty is on the inside". Fletcher responds "That's just something ugly people say". It's pretty much irrefutable that physically attractive people usually fair better in society and are treated more favorably than average-looking or unattractive people, even if their beauty is only external. The scene with the woman in the elevator also demonstrates this.
    Woman: Everybody's been real nice.
    Fletcher: Well, that's because you have big jugs...
  • Fountain of Memes: Considered one of Jim Carrey's best comedies; appropriately, Fletcher Reede is endlessly quotable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Just think about how Fletcher Reede getting through airport security, hijacking equipment, and throwing his shoes to stop a moving plane would've gone over if the film had been made more recently.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
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    • The bloopers. Jim Carrey moving in on Krista Allen in the elevator looks quite awkward in the current day after many people were hit with sexual allegations in the later half of The New '10s.
    • Fletcher hijacking airport equipment in the climax. In the post-9/11 world, Fletcher would've been shot way before he could dramatically stop the plane.
  • He Really Can Act: The scenes with Fletcher and his son are rather poignant at times (especially at the end), showing some dramatic depths Carrey hadn't really shown before. The next year, he'd demonstrate he could range far into the dramatic side.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Turns out Samantha Cole was under 18 when she got married, meaning she looked older. As of 2018, her actress still doesn't look like she's 60.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The woman in the elevator, played by Krista Allen.
  • Shipping Goggles: You'd be surprised to discover that there are some people who think Fletcher and Miranda would have made for an interesting couple... at least before Max's wish took effect. It helps that Fletcher's ex, Audrey, that your supposed to be rooting for him to get back together with is just not that interesting of a character.
  • The Un-Twist: In the ending, when Max makes his second birthday wish in the film and turns the lights back on, Fletcher and his ex are kissing romantically, which prompts the following exchange.
    Fletcher: Max! Did you wish for your mother and I to get back together again?
    Max: Nope. I wished for rollerblades!
  • The Woobie: Mrs. Cole's children and their father after the trial. They make it very clear they want to go with him and not her, and she literally drags them away in tears while snarling at Mr. Cole that he hasn't "paid for them yet." She intends to make it so that he no longer has any legal right to see them again. Good God...

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