Evelyn covers Joy’s mouth to prevent her from singing a racy lyric during karaoke.
The opening scene of the film shows Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), Joy (Stephanie Hsu) and Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) singing karaoke together.
Evelyn covers Joy’s mouth during part of the song, and Hsu seems to have confirmed why in an interview with vulture in 2022.
Hsu tells the outlet that the opening song was barbie girl from Aqua, who appeared in a deleted version of the scene that showed the family singing together for real.
The phrase “undress me everywhere“(undress me all over) seems to be the lyrics that Evelyn tries to prevent her daughter from singing.
The Dog Mom ticket number may be a reference to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Mama Perro (Dog Mom, played by Jenny Slate) first appears in the film as a laundromat customer with ticket 042. That number is an important part of the sci-fi franchise. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
In Douglas Adams’ book of the same name, a supercomputer says that 42 is the answer to “the ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything else.”
His inclusion early in this film may mean to viewers familiar with the sci-fi genre that the story here will be much broader than the opening scenes in the laundry room indicate.
Viewers see a billboard spinner long before Evelyn is shown doing the same job.
On the way to the IRS, the Wang family passes a sign maker holding a pizza sign.
Later, Evelyn shows up doing the same job in another reality.
The umbrella Waymond uses has donut patterns, which could symbolize his more hopeful vision.
The first time Alpha Waymond talks to Evelyn, he asks her to hold an umbrella to block the security cameras.
The umbrella’s donut pattern could be an intentional choice to symbolize Waymond’s more hopeful and colorful way of seeing the world, compared to the bagel by Jobu Tupaki.
Deirdre’s love of cat photos exists in multiple universes.
The first Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis), who works in the IRS office, has several pictures of cats on her desk.
Apparently, Deirdre’s fondness for cat photos exists in multiple universes, as the hot dog-fingered version of her has several framed photos of cats hanging around the apartment she shares with Evelyn.
Pigs are mentioned or shown several times in the film, most notably by Joy and Jobu.
Joy has a tattoo of a pig on her left arm, and Jobu Tupaki is wearing a pig on a leash when he arrives at the tax office.
Waymond also carries a pig charm on his fanny pack, which may be a nod to his daughter’s fondness for them.
The film’s subtitles reveal some of the twists.
Even before the audience (or Evelyn) is aware that this is multiple realities, the subtitles give it away.
Deirdre and Waymond have separate descriptions in the subtitles identifying them as “Deirdre Bagel” and “Alpha Waymond” to differentiate them from the Deirdre and Waymond of Evelyn’s tax day universe.
The bagels appear on the screen many times before Jobu Tupaki talks about the “bagel of everything”.
Viewers already familiar with Jobu Tupaki’s speech on the importance of bagels they can catch references to the object before its name is spoken aloud.
When Alpha Waymond and his team are in the laundry van, they come across a person holding a “Hail Bagel“(Long live the bagel). When Deirdre is writing on a receipt, she draws a large circle which is then stapled to her forehead as the sign of the bagel.
In the most direct reference, Waymond Alpha also gives Evelyn a bagel to eat when they are in the Treasury office.
Absolutely (Story of a Girl) is quoted and played at multiple points in the film.
When Alpha Waymond explains the striking differences in the universe, he says, “Your clothes never fit you the next day, and your hair never falls out the same.”
The phrases are part of the lyrics of Absolutely (Story of a Girl), by Nine Days.
The 2000 song is on the film’s soundtrack and is used in it 3 times, such as in the background of the scene where Waymond and Evelyn talk about divorce.
During Evelyn Famosa’s montage, real footage from Yeoh’s red carpets is used.
Evelyn sees the reality of being a movie star that includes a flurry of moments from that life.
Actual appearances of Yeoh on the red carpet are used in the montage, including footage of him at the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians (madly millionaires), in 2018.
Evelyn Famosa’s credits are a nod to the film’s writers and directors.
When the credits of the film that opens in the Evelyn Famosa universe begin, the screen shows “Written and directed by Daniels”, in reference to the real Daniels who have worked on this film.
Everything at once everywhere It has been written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
One of the objects Jobu is holding in the spinning object scene appears to be an Oscar.
While talking about how everything is a random arrangement of molecules, Jobu Tupaki holds up an object that transforms into dozens of different elements.
Object shapes include a shovel, broom, animal skeleton, flag, bird, trident, and knife.
One of the last objects he is holding appears to be an Oscar, like one of the 6 statuettes the film has ended up winning (out of the 11 nominations it had received).
The movie refers to matrix repeatedly.
The writers and directors of the film have confirmed in a conversation with indiewire that this film is very inspired by matrix.
The way universe hopping works in this movie as a means for the characters to learn new skills is comparable to the way the characters in matrix they can use simulation to do the same.
Waymond offers Evelyn the choice to go left or right when exiting the elevator, reminiscent of Morpheus offering Neo the choice between the red and blue pill to learn the truth about his reality.
Evelyn’s ability to dodge bullets in the final fight scene also resembles the scene where Neo does it in matrix.
Jobu Tupaki’s book resembles a famous Dr. Seuss book.
Jobu Tupaki hands Evelyn a book as he explains his plan to enter the bagel.
It is titled the same as the film and has a drawing of Jobu Tupaki balancing on the bagel on the cover page.
The art style and lyrics are reminiscent of the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Oh how far you will go!), a thematic book that takes the reader on a journey and learning a positive outlook on life.
The clip showing all versions of Evelyn features her dead in one universe and as a monster in the other.
In the scene showing Evelyn in different universes, their identities flash by so quickly that it’s virtually impossible to decipher each universe without slowing down the clip frame by frame.
Evelyn appears as a cat, a submariner, a monster, a monk, a nun, an animated version of herself, a New Yorker, a tree, and an Instagram post.
At one point it even appears as an urn, which may be a reference to all the timelines in which Evelyn is dead.
Deirdre’s wristband moves to her ankle in the universe of hot dog fingers.
In the reality of Evelyn’s tax day, Deirdre wears a wrist brace on her left wrist.
However, in the universe of hot dog fingers, where people use their feet more than their hands, Deirdre has the wrist brace on her left ankle.
The two directors of the film make several cameo appearances.
Kwan appears in the film as the mugger who tries to steal Evelyn Famosa’s bag and returns at the end of the film as one of the people who are sucked into the robbery. bagel.
Scheinert appears in the closet-office BDSM scene and plays various apes in the hot dog finger evolution scene.