Topher Grace revealed that the heavy drug use in the film caused the delayed release. Grace and director Michael Dowse wanted to "do something that felt like it was literally made in the '80s" and not a parody of that generation. Grace believed it wouldn't be the 80's without heavy cocaine use, so there was "real hesitation" on part of the studios. The film ended up sitting on the shelf until Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment came to the rescue. According to Grace, they even ended up "putting stuff back" in the film, rather than having to cut.
Topher Grace's character was a graduate of Shermer High School, the same name as the high school in the 80's classics "Weird Science", "The Breakfast Club", "Pretty in Pink", "Sixteen Candles", Ferris Bueller's Day Off" & "National Lampoon's Vacation."