- Dawson Casting: 24-year old Thomas McDonell and 21-year old Aimee Teegarden portraying high school seniors Jesse and Nova respectively. Averted with Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo and Cameron Monaghan, (Simone, Lucas and Corey) who's ages are somewhat close with their characters and real-life sophomores (at least for Danielle and Nolan; both are 16 to Cameron's 18).
- Hey, It's That Guy!: 3, actually: Julie Taylor , Jessica and Toby are the recognizable ones.
- Irony As He Is Cast: Nolan Sotillo portrays Lucas, a music geek who doesn't know how to play musical instruments. In real-life, Nolan is a talented musician who managed to pull off some good covers of well-known songs (just check out his performances on Youtube) and sang a song for the soundtrack, as stated below.