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Several pieces of promotional material (including some press kits) mistakenly referred to Kevin Spacey's character as Reuben Simone.
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Haley Joel Osment celebrated his 12th birthday on the set during the last day of shooting. Although Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt had completed their own filming, they turned up on the set just to celebrate his birthday. Coincidentally, Trevor McKinney, the character played by Osment, celebrates his 12th birthday in the movie.
In the scene where Helen Hunt's character strikes her son Trevor across the face, Haley Joel Osment requested that she actually hit him to make it seem more realistic. However, director Mimi Leder declined.
In the book, the teacher is a black man named Reuben St. Clair. The role of Reuben was originally offered to Denzel Washington but was turned down, due to other commitments. When Kevin Spacey agreed to the movie, the character was changed to a white man named Eugene Simonet.
Eugene Osment, who plays the mustachioed cop giving directions, is Haley Joel Osment's father and acting coach.
The Jaguar owner is played by director Mimi Leder's husband, Gary Werntz. His character's asthmatic daughter is their real-life daughter, Hannah Leder.
Both Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt have Academy Awards, while Haley Joel Osment has been nominated.
The license plate 2GAT123, which appears in this film, is also featured in Traffic (2000), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Mulholland Dr. (2001), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), L.A. Story (1991), Two and a Half Men (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), and Go (1999).
Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey were both nominated for the 72nd Academy Awards during the filming of this picture, and Spacey won his first Best Actor Oscar two weeks before filming wrapped.
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The bridge that the "jumper" is on is the Saint Johns Bridge in Portland, OR.
At one moment, a poster on the wall in Trevor's bedroom can be seen. It displays Goldberg, a famous professional wrestler, at the time wrestling in WCW.
Trevor is supposed to be in Junjor High School. However, the school scenes were filmed at Centennial High School in Northwest Las Vegas.

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