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For the movie

  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the only time Jay Baruchel plays a character that ends his respective movie by flying away.
    • Or shoots plasma blasts.
    • The scene where Dave tries to steal the doll back is a homage to the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then Alfred Molina shows up and offers him a trade.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $150 million sans marketing costs. Gross: $63 million domestic, $251 million worldwide. As noted below, however, it did better when available on home video.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Secrets" by OneRepublic was used to promote this film, becoming another hit for the group.
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  • Dawson Casting: The 28-year old Jay Baruchel as the 20-year old Dave.
  • Fake American:
    • Becky is played by Teresa Palmer, an Australian.
    • Jay Baruchel is Canadian.
  • Old Shame: This bit from a 2013 stand up tells us exactly how Jay Baruchel feels about the film.
    Jay's Conscience: Hey, I'm just trying to help you.
    Jay: Well I don't need your help!
    Jay's Conscience: Really? Who told you to write Goon?
    Jay: You did.
    Jay's Conscience: Who told you to make This Is the End?
    Jay: You did.
    Jay's Conscience: And who told you not to do The Sorcerer's Apprentice?
    Jay: Hey! Hey, fuck you! That movie made more money in Italy!
  • Shown Their Work: As revealed in the behind-the-scenes material, the place where Dave has his secret lab (which is then turned into his apprentice training ground with Balthasar) is an old subway turnaround, and based explicitly (in architecture and design) on the City Hall IRT station.
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  • Vindicated by Cable: The film recouped its losses when it was released on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • What Could Have Been: An earlier draft included an appearance by Chernabog himself in the climactic battle, though he'll be in the sequel if they get the chance.
    • The same earlier draft included Abigail in the climactic battle, as well as more emphasis on how magic works, different backgrounds for Balthazar and Horvath, and the title of Prime Merlinian being generational rather than once-in-a-lifetime.

For the webcomic

  • Write What You Know: Some of the Expo Speak makes it blatantly obvious that the author knows what she's talking about, such as when Cooper gets bitten by a monster and Victoria instructs Cooper to not tell the doctors it was a random animal bite due to the complications of having to identify the breed of animal and getting rabies shots.


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