- Acclaimed Flop: In true Richard Linklater tradition, the film only took in $4 million due to a limited release. But critics loved it and it has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Actor Allusion:
- Creator In-Joke: The Gilligan's Island theme song is played at a punk concert. This is a nod to Dazed and Confused - which has a memorable scene where the characters discuss the show.
- Dancing Bear: Most of the marketing for the movie was based around that this would be Dazed and Confused in the 80s.
- Dawson Casting: Most of the college age boys are played by actors in their mid to late twenties. Jake is a freshman, who can't be older than nineteen, but Blake Jenner was twenty-four. Appears to be the case with Wyatt Russell, but it turns out his character is thirty like he is. Averted with Zoey Deutch however, who was the same age as Beverly.
- Development Hell: The film was planned as far back as 2005 but Richard Linklater couldn't get it off the ground.
- Enforced Method Acting:
- The boys all lived together and practised baseball together every day to build up a believable camaraderie.
- Finn hugging a girl goodbye was meant to look as awkward as possible, so the actress was not told that Glen Powell would be hugging her.
- Production Posse: Glen Powell had worked with Richard Linklater on Fast Food Nation.
- Throw It In!: Glen Powell ad-libbed the "asshole crabs" comment.
- What Could Have Been: The film's original title was 'That's What I'm Talking About', a direct quote from Dazed and Confused.
- Write What You Know: Richard Linklater based the characters' antics on what he and his friends were like in college. He too played baseball.
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