Critical Research Failure: Likely to avoid actual card counters spawning out of the woodwork, the film's version of counting is more than a little impossible in real life.
Unfortunate Implications: The movie is notorious for its whitewashing of the real-life Asian MIT students. One such articles detailing it is here, with sites including "boycott21.com" popping up in the aftermath of the controversy.
The Woobie: Ben. He starts the film trapped in a lowpaying job and crap lifestyle, gets a taste of the high life only to have it knocked from under him in the most brutal fashion, has the money he saved for college stolen by his mentor, gets beaten up and robbed by Cole, isolates his friends and gets kicked off a project he spent a year working on, and ends the film without any benefit from his efforts.
Never Live It Down: Became synonymous with the quiz show scandals when they were exposed in the late 1950s. Also responsible for all three networks being saddled with laws enforced by Standards and Practices, many of which are still in effect today.
Mis-blamed: The allegations of quiz show rigging in the late 50s were sparked by investigations into Dotto, not this show.