Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Jackson were the original choices for the roles of Terri and Jay respectively, but both dropped out due to production changes, as did Annie Potts (who was set to play Terri's mother) and director James Hayman. The story's location was then changed from New York City to Los Angeles.
Sculptor Bruce Gray was hired to give a welding lesson and insight into the life of a sculptor to Rebecca De Mornay who plays a sculptor in the movie. He taught her how to weld and plasma cut at his studio in Los Angeles.
Hilary Duff (Teresa 'Terri' Fletcher) and Davida Williams (Lauren) were previously in Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire (2001). Hilary Duff played the lead role Lizzie McGuire and Davida played a recurring, minor character for 12 episodes.