- Adaptation Displacement: The movie is only remembered for being terrible, but the novel is only remembered for being made into a terrible movie.
- Awesome Moments: As silly as most of the film is, when Jerilee uses her award win to deliver a brutal and profane "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the entire entertainment industry, it is hard not to cheer for her. In the wake of the Me Too movement, the scene comes off as far ahead of its time.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: As Mister X pointed out in Geek Juice's Random Riff of the film, Jerillee's shocking speech would likely result in her career in Hollywood being sunk and her life being worse. But the film implies that reclaiming her own life and publicly confronting her abusers is well-worth the cost of her career.
- Hollywood Homely: Jerilee for the first half hour or so. Her frumpy dresses and pigtails do little to mask the fact that she's quite pretty.
- Narm: The entire film."If I write for anyone, Vinnie, I write for MMEEEEEE!!!"
- Retroactive Recognition: Ray Liotta makes his film debut as Joe Heron.
- So Bad, It's Good: It's been called the Showgirls of The '80s for a reason.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Carla Maria Peroni, despite appearing on the poster, plays a small part in the movie and disappears following her seduction of Jerilee. This is a shame, as she treats her better than most of her male partners.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Jerilee's mother is a terrible person on almost every level, attempting to downplay and undermine her daughter's gift for writing and even—and most unforgivably—convincing Jerilee not to report her own sexual assault because of the embarrassment it will be for to the family and for her rapist...and the movie treats her as if she's being reasonable and protective of her daughter.
- Values Resonance: A lot of the film's points about Hollywood having serious problems with sexual misconduct — perpetrated by men and women alike — actually come across as being very valid in the wake of the #MeToo movement. In practice, however, the film depicts this in such an absurd way that the message is almost totally obscured.
- The Woobie: Technically averted. Jerilee goes through all sorts of crap and fits the bill of a "Woobie" to a tee, but the audience may find it hard to care.
YMMV / The Lonely Lady