- Hostility on the Set: According to Lily Tomlin, David O. Russell and Ben Stiller did not get along during filming.
- Playing Against Type: Mary Tyler Moore, best known for Mary Richards, playing Pearl, a neurotic adoptive mother.
- What Could Have Been: David O. Russell originally wanted Mary Tyler Moore to play Mary Schlichting, with Dick Van Dyke as Richard. According to interviews, Moore told him while, as a filmgoer, she would have paid good money to see that, as an actress, she preferred to play Pearl.
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