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The main characters, Norma Lewis and Arthur Lewis, were based on director Richard Kelly's parents. His mother also suffered a crippled foot after a X-Ray mishap; his father worked for NASA and co-designed the camera used on the Viking Mars Landers (as in the movie).
When the nanny is looking through the stack of old Astounding science fiction magazines, she mentions the title of one story, "The Day of the Moron." "The Day of the Moron" was written by science fiction author H. Beam Piper, who wrote a story about how the human race originated on Mars and immigrated to Earth.
The film was not screened for critics.
The short story "Button, Button," written by Richard Matheson, was first published in Playboy magazine (June 1970).
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When Norma (Cameron Diaz) asks to speak with Mr. Steward (Frank Langella), a calendar from Ukrop's grocery stores can be clearly seen. This is a real chain, started in Richmond, VA, and was active until 2010.
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On the commentary of Tony Scott's Domino (2005), director Richard Kelly outright dismissed shooting a 1970s period piece with a digital camera. However, after seeing David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), Kelly's position quickly changed, and he was quoted saying, "It can be done."
Veteran character actor Basil Hoffman was also in the original version of this story, when "Button, Button" aired on The Twilight Zone: Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986).
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The uniforms and badges, with the exception of the police patch, are accurate for the Richmond, Virginia Bureau of Police in the 1970s. Also, the outside view of the police headquarters is an accurate depiction of the old HQ located at Tenth and Marshall Street in Richmond, VA.
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This movie marked the first feature-length film scored by members of the Canadian band Arcade Fire (Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett).
While Norma is watching TV, you see a Native American man weeping in sadness. This is in reference to an anti-littering commercial from the 1970s.
This was the only film that received an "F" CinemaScore from audiences upon its release in 2009.
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There is a Twilight Zone episode called "Button Button" starring Mare Winningham and Brad Davis; based on same story.
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The Library Mural is "Galahad Being Led to the Seat Perilous" by Edwin Austin Abbey.
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At one point, Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) tells her son's friends that she is only 35 years old. Although Diaz was 37 years old when the film was released, she was indeed 35 in reality at the time of filming, in 2007.
Charlie Clouser's score from Saw (2004) was used for the trailer.
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Although the song "Fearless" from Pink Floyd's album, "Meddle," was used during the film, it was not mentioned in the credits.
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On the European CD and DVD, there are three more songs on the soundtrack. Craig Wilde (Braginsky) wrote one song, sung by Neil Young. The other song is a Bon Jovi tune.
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The Box (2009) marked the first PG-13 film to be directed by Richard Kelly.
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Although Stuntman Paul Marini is credited for the role of Santa, he was actually the stunt double for Sal Lizard, who was featured as Santa. When the views of Santa from the back are seen, it is Marini, but from the front, it is Lizard.
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Celia Weston played the mother of Cameron Diaz. In Knight and Day (2010), she played Diaz's co-star, Tom Cruise's, mother.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the original short story, after Norma presses the button, her husband dies in a train incident and she receives the money in the form of a no-fault insurance pay-out. When she complains that someone she did not know was supposed to die, she is told that she never really knew her husband.

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