- Ensemble Dark Horse: If you remember anything about this film, it's probably sweet old Movie Mason.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Karen plans to ditch Bryan in their theatre to go see another movie with her friends that their mom didn't approve of, Bryan protests that some guy might break into the theatre and take him hostage. At the time, it just seemed a nice little joke about Bryan being a paranoid little kid. After the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shootings at The Dark Knight Rises premiere, it's no longer funny.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Movie Mason's heartfelt speech in regards to movie business has become even more of a Tear Jerker following Mickey Rooney's death in 2014.
- Narm: The plot is focussed around the prestigious red carpet premier of a film called Midnight Mayhem. Aside from the cheesy sounding title, every detail we learn about it paints the film as B-Movie schlock, yet it's treated like Hollywood's next big hit.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Out of the gate the film introduces Pete's cast of quirky co-workers, who then get pushed to the background to make room for his little brother and sister. Not one of them is teased as a suspect, and their quirks are surprisingly downplayed and underused; Scary Terri only gets to tell one story through the entire film without being interrupted, and pretty much all of Mark's questions are perfectly reasonable in context.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: In the midst of the harmless cheesy antics, we have Movie Mason's shockingly heartfelt speech about the magic of movies, and how they recapture the imagination of childhood and provide a whimsical escape from the real world, delivered with total tear jerking sincerity by Mickey Rooney.
- Trapped by Mountain Lions: The subplot about whether or not Pete's mother will marry her boyfriend could be removed without much trouble. It's perhaps salvaged by the sweet moment of Mason providing them an engagement ring.
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