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  • Awesome Music:
    • Using "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" over Jim and Jenna's hilarious sexcapades.
    • The recurring theme of "Ride of the Valkyries" whenever Jenna is about to deliver a verbal smackdown.
    • From the musical, "She Used To Be Mine", and "Club Knocked Up" could be seen as this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Ogie, along with his Adorkable poems. The musical only amplified this.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending/"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The very end becomes this with the knowledge of Adrienne Shelly's death, as explained below.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
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    • Dawn's fear that her blind date might be a serial killer may serve as this after Adrienne Shelly's real-life murder.
    • Five years after the death of Adrienne Shelly, who also played Dawn, her Japanese dub voice actress Yuko Mizutani also passed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The actress who plays Nathan Fillion's wife in the film shows up as his ex-wife on Castle.
    • Also, Jenna's usual OBGYN is named Dr. Muller, which is the same last name of actress, Jessie Mueller who originated the role of Jenna on Broadway.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Earl slapping Jenna across the face takes an already irredeemable character and makes him beyond irredeemable. Audiences gasped at this moment when the film played in theaters.
  • Reality Subtext: Some shade of it. According to the commentary, Adrienne Shelley did have 5-minutes dates.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Woobie: Jenna, so much.
    • Jim's face after Jenna tells him to leave the diner may cause one to try and hug their screen.
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