- Awesome Music: "Molly Smiles"
- Designated Hero: It's a little hard to muster up sympathy for someone who, until her mid-twenties, never had to work a day in her life and bases her identity on her material possessions. She gets better, though.
- Funny Moments:
- "Swinging door!"
- The part where Molly and her friend both use Huey's handkerchief to blow their noses. Huey's face says it all.
- The penultimate scene, in which Molly knocks over everything in the interviewer's office and awkwardly says they'll call each other.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Following Brittany Murphy's tragic death in 2009, Dakota Fanning (who was 15 at the time) said that she cherished the time they worked together on the movie and that she was grateful that she had the chance to work with Brittany. It makes the final scene all the more sweet looking back, especially the final line of the movie.
- Informed Ability : Molly's fashion designs. Neal's jacket, the one example we have, isn't particularly impressive.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ingrid may be a bit controlling as a friend towards Molly, but she is very concerned about Molly when she loses her wealth, and even helps Molly find a job.
- Jerkass Woobie: Ray starts out as a rude, uptight brat, but as the story develops, we find out that her father is in a catotonic state (on his deathbed), while her mother neglects her emotionally.
- Signature Scene: The final scene, with Neal and the little ballet girls performing the song Molly's father wrote for her when she was little, using his guitars while Ray dances. Even people who hate the movie have said that they found the scene at least a little touching.
- So Okay, It's Average: The acting isn't great and the story is pretty flimsy, but there's heart in the characters by the end. It all comes together to be a decent film, but nothing to be hailed as a classic anytime soon.
- Tear Jerker : Ray's breakdown after her father dies.
- The Woobie: Molly, considering that she lost practically everything in her life; first she loses her parents at a painfully young age, then she loses all of the wealth her parents left her, as well as everything that she was familiar and comfortable with all her life (and never gains it back).
YMMV / Uptown Girls