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- Actor Allusion: Although Nicholson deliberately suppresses his usual persona to play the downtrodden Schmidt, in one of the letter-writing scenes he talks about how he once dreamed of starting a Fortune 500 company and an imaginary magazine cover is shown with the headline "Warren Schmidt raises the stakes - and some eyebrows" with a picture of him doing so himself, looking a bit more like a typical Jack Nicholson character.
- Enforced Method Acting: For some of the characters we meet along Warren's road trip. The tireshop attendant for one thing was not an actor, he is an actual employee of an actual tireshop 'Warren' visits.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Johnny Fever is one of Warren's new in-laws!
- The Red Stapler: You might guess Childreach had a massive spike in donations after the film was released.