- California Doubling: The movie takes place in Iowa, however, due to budgetary reasons the movie was shot in Chicago.
- Dawson Casting: Somewhat justified, given the subject matter, but 14-year-old Agnes is played by 18-year-old Jennifer Lawrence.
- Real-Life Relative: Jennifer Lawrence's father Gary Lawrence appears at Agnes' basketball game as the coach of the rival team.
- Roman à Clef/Based on a True Story: The movie is inspired by Lori Petty's teenage years in the 1970s.
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