- Alternative Character Interpretation: Diquan's actions in the end of the film are rather questionable. He tips off McRae about the murder that Chucky committed in the beginning of the film, instead saying he did it. However, McRae is actually looking into the murder of the young girl in the deli, which Bamboo committed. Diquan gets sentenced for this, but it's unclear why he did it. Was he trying to avoid snitching on Bamboo in fear of him getting out again and coming after him and/or his family, or was he trying to avoid Bamboo period by going to jail, since Bamboo is presumably still on the streets, not being noticed by the police who showed up to arrest Diquan? Alternatively, was he trying to cover for Chucky, who probably would've been linked to the murder of the boy he fought with, and of whom he took the murder weapon from? Perhaps he was trying to do all three?
- Anvilicious: This film's MESSAGE!s are about as subtle as the gunshots given to several of the film's characters. However, considering the timeframe and setting of the film that's still fairly relevant in today's society, maybe Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
- Heartwarming Moments: Diquan and McRae bonding in the car over the former's plans for the future with Latisha and his baby and how he's too smart to not go to college is pretty sweet.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This film gets some flack for being a bit Anvilicious but its statements on black-on-black crime, the drugs/gun trade, especially in black communities, gentrification, racism, and children growing up without their fathers are all extremely relevant to not only the story, but also the time frame the film was released in (with Diquan even name dropping Rodney King).
- What an Idiot!: Latisha ended up in jail thanks to selling crack to get Diquan a leather coat. Mind you, this is not too long after Diquan starts to turn his life around after getting out of jail.
YMMV / Strapped