- California Doubling: New York doubles for Indiana in some places.
- Cast the Expert: Rick Springfield as a lead guitarist. The guitar he plays in the film is his own too.
- Creator Cameo: Diablo Cody the screenwriter is dancing on the floor while Ricki and the Flash perform "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
- Development Hell: A shorter example than most. Shooting was delayed because Meryl Streep wished to learn how to play guitar for the role.
- Enforced Method Acting: The director ordered Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer to stay apart from each other throughout filming to better translate their characters' estranged relationship.
- Hey, It's That Place!: The apartment complex where Ricki lives is the same one from The Karate Kid.
- Irony as She Is Cast: A movie about a musician stars Broadway powerhouse Audra McDonald and she does not sing at all. Likewise, Kevin Kline has had a singing career, and he doesn't sing either.
- Playing Against Type:
- Production Posse: The third film that Meryl Streep has done with Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer.
- Real-Life Relative: Meryl Streep (Ricki) and Mamie Gummer (Julie) are mother and daughter in real life.
- Reality Subtext: Mamie Gummer's character Julie has just gotten divorced from her husband. Gummer and her husband married and divorced quickly while they were both young.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Adam mentions that part of the reason why he isn't married as being because not all gay men could get married in the US, something that was no longer the case by June of 2015.
Trivia / Ricki and the Flash