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  • Acceptable Targets: Nobody's portrayed all that sympathetically, but all the guys who aren't hunky and popular wind up being the biggest butt-monkeys.
  • Awesome Music: The cover of "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson.
    • And the cover to "Don't You Forget About Me" by Sprung Monkey. You wouldn't expect to hear such passion in a song for a spoof movie.
    • The rest of the soundtrack counts, as it's full of '80s covers from bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins ("Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode), Orgy ("Blue Monday" by New Order—the cover was a radio hit a couple of years prior to this film), System of a Down ("The Metro" by Berlin—the cover was previously featured on the soundtrack to Dracula 2000), Saliva ("Message of Love" by The Pretenders) and Muse ("Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths).
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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Areola, the girl who appears naked in all her screentime. Oh, and Chris Evans in a whipped cream bikini... with a banana near his posterior.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The other Token Black Guy.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The White WASPs performing what is definitely not their Black opponents' cheer... which identifies them as their opponent, boasts that they are definitely not white, and includes the line "Break it down, niggas!"
  • Fridge Logic: The architecture of the school is a bit unusual. The girl's changing room and toilets are on the same floor as the basketball court, but there's at least one classroom beneath it. Unless the court has some very high foundations, this means that someone had the potentially life-threatening idea to put an arena-size room above several classrooms.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In a parody of 10 Things I Hate About You, Jake tries serenading Janey with "Janie's Got a Gun", and it predictably goes wrong. Nowadays, this seems more inappropriate, given the decade that followed had enough school shootings to force certain facilities to install metal detectors.
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    • Depending how you view it, the character Reggie Ray (The Fat-Guy), regarding his weight and especially health (particularly the Running Gag about his concussions) can either now be looked at as cringed-worthy or worse than before now that Ron Lester has passed on. Also just in general, because of it parodies how little sports programs cared about concussion. It took until the mid-2010s before it started being taken as the very serious, long term problem that it is.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • When Janey's brother accuses her of acting like a lesbian, their father tells them that "if Janey wants to be a rugmuncher, that's her choice". He may be The Alcoholic, but damn if he isn't supportive - when he remembers, anyway.
    • When the siamese twins are crowned prom queen, Janey gives them the warmest smile.
    • Amidst the insanity of the rest of the film, Good Charlotte performs a very sincere, very sweet cover of "Put Your Head(s) On My Shoulder."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Manipulative Bastard: Austin, when he gets Jake to confess to making a bet over Janey using a pointlessly sneaky ruse. The next day, it's revealed that he managed to convince Janey to be his prom date despite his obvious jerkass attitude.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The girl-on-girl kiss.
    • There's also the scene where a girl takes a very long and loud dump that nearly floods a classroom.
    • Janey gets caught masturbating with a very large vibrator by her father, brother, a catholic priest and several orphans.
    • Jake's groupies throw him their underwear. One of them just so happens to be a guy who throws him a jockstrap.
    • Jake stuck a banana up his rectum.
    • Catherine talking about her sex-life is this in-universe to everyone except Ox.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The wise janitor... played by Mr. T!
    • Molly Ringwald as the flight attendant who tears apart Jake's romantic speeches to Janey.
    • Paul Gleason reprises his role as Richard Vernon when Mitch and his friends are put in detention.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Rewatch Bonus: The props in the background are all references to teen films.
  • Vindicated by History: It took a critical beatdown when it first came out, but after the increasing number of shallow parodies took over the genre in the mid/late-2000s, viewers have come to appreciate that NATM was making a sincere effort to be both funny and faithful to the genre and tropes it was skewering.
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