Great White, the band that plays at the party in this film, was involved in one of the most horrific disasters in the history of rock music - the Station Nightclub Fire in 2003, in Rhode Island, that killed 100 people (including guitarist Ty Longley) and injured 230 (132 escaped unhurt). The band's manager did prison time for his role in the event. At the time of the disaster the band was performing under the name Jack Russell's Great White.
Ally Sheedy had high hopes for the film, but knew she was in trouble after a pre-release screening at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles left the audience disenchanted. Sheedy took her mother to the event, who told Ally mid-movie, "You're better than the script."