- Genius Bonus: All the characters' last names are references to famous mathematicians and scientists.
- There are a number of visual references to René Magritte paintings, particularly The Son of Man.
- Paranoia Fuel: If you're a writer who has killed off characters. Or maybe you are a character who isn't lucky enough to hear the voice of your narrator...
- Playing Against Type: Will Ferrell movies that came out around this time were defined by wacky hijinks (Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and so on). Ferrell is considerably more restrained, quiet and introspective in this movie, with his most over-the-top moment being when he has his Rage Against the Author moment. Otherwise, he plays the part of a man hearing his own life being narrated and his impending death as straight as he can, and it's surprisingly poignant when he has his moments of tragedy, terror and wonder.
- Tear Jerker: At the end when Harold decides to face his death.
- The very sad, sincere way Harold tells Ana "I think I'm in a tragedy" when he realizes just how badly he screwed up in offering to purchase the cookies she made special for him.
- Harold trashing his apartment trying to make the voice speak to him and then sitting down on his bed utterly defeated wondering if he was going crazy.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Several critics bemoaned that the considerable talents of Queen Latifah — a capable lead in her own right — were wasted in an "assistant" role that gave her very little to do.
- Vindicated by History: Though far from critically panned, the movie didn't quite get the type of praise it deserved (mostly because many people were skeptical about Will Ferrell being able to pull off a dramatic role and a lot of the praise ends up sounding like "who knew Ferrell could do this?" rather than "it's a good movie"). However, today it is often regarded as one of the best movies of 2006, with many people wondering why Ferrell didn't get at least nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars.
YMMV / Stranger Than Fiction