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Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg started this script when they were just thirteen years old, because "we just wanted to see if we could write a movie."
Michael Cera's mother actually read the script before he did, and she was the one who convinced him to try out for the part.
Because Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are such great friends, they were quoted as saying that when casting Evan, they weren't so much looking for a good actor, as they were "casting for a new best friend."
The pivotal penis drawings were a point of contention with the MPAA, particularly the scene with young Becca holding an image of one of them. Producer Judd Apatow said it was the subject of much legal wrangling, including how erect they could be, if veins could be shown, et cetera. However, the actress playing young Becca, Laura Marano, had a different picture to hold before they cut to the actual drawing. You can even see from the reverse that the drawing she holds appears completely different.
The word "fuck" is used one hundred eighty-six times. The movie itself is only one hundred thirteen minutes long. That averages to approximately 1.6 uses of the word per minute (eighty-four are said by Seth (Jonah Hill) alone).
Eminem says that this is his favorite movie of all time. He even referenced it in two of his songs, "Brainless" and "Ballin' Uncontrollably".
Seth's (Jonah Hill's) comment about Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) looking "like a future pedophile" after being shown the I.D., was ad-libbed.
The penis drawings featured in the film are done by David Goldberg, Evan Goldberg's brother. There were close to one thousand produced, but only a handful were featured in the movie and closing credits.
The "semen conversation" was mostly improvised, and lasted for about four minutes. It was edited to under a minute for the final cut.
The 1970s version of the Columbia Pictures logo was shown at the beginning of the film, instead of the 2000s version.
Water was used for vodka, apple juice for hard liquor, and non-alcoholic beer was used for the party scenes.
On Eminem's eighth studio album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2", "Brainless" samples the portion of the film when the clerk from the liquor store says his name in correlation to the white person who robbed the store.
The lead characters, Seth and Evan, are named after Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
According to the DVD commentary, the night that Evan (Michael Cera) describes to Becca early in the movie is "beat by beat" what Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and their friend Sam Fogell did when they were in high school.
In a skit for the Special Edition DVD commentary Judd Apatow had his nine-year-old daughter with him. He asked that no one swear in front of her. Jonah Hill swore numerous times, angering Apatow. After an argument, Apatow left the commentary with his daughter.
Film debut of Emma Stone.
Jonah Hill's first leading role.
When the two police officers (Seth Rogen and Bill Hader) ask McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) where the party is, he says, "13th and Granville". Granville Street is a busy street in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Rogan and Goldberg grew up.
Jennifer Lawrence was considered for the role of Jules.
During filming, Christopher Mintz-Plasse was the youngest at seventeen, Michael Cera was eighteen, and Jonah Hill was the oldest at twenty-three.
Justin Long had a scene in the movie that was omitted due to length.
The song "These Eyes" that Evan is made to sing at the first house party, can later be heard playing on the radio of Officer Slater and Michaels' patrol car.
Film prints were shipped to some theaters under the name "Separation Anxiety".
Greg, the soccer player who "pissed his pants", is played by Dave Franco, brother of James Franco.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
The role of Officer Michaels was originally offered to Kyle Gass.
During filming Undeclared (2001), Greg Mottola had a table read for the script, with Seth Rogen reading for Seth, and Jason Segel reading for Evan.
Steve Bannos plays the math teacher in Evan's (Michael Cera) class. Bannos also played the math teacher in Freaks and Geeks (1999).
Reunion: Six years after the release of this movie, Jonah Hill (Seth), Michael Cera (Evan), and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell), played themselves in a scene, in This is the End (2013). They are seen together at James Franco's house party.
In the scene where Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are waiting for Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to buy the alcohol for the party, Seth says "this plan has been fucked since Jump Street". Jonah Hill starred in 21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014).
In the scene in Evan's bedroom, Evan is playing as Sergeant Ben Mitchell in The Getaway: Black Monday (2004), a popular Playstation 2 game set in London, England.
The comic, "The Goon" by Eric Powell, can be seen in the background of Evan's room.
When Evan is at the party where all the people want him to sing for them, one of the party goers tells him that his brother came there from Scottsdale, Arizona, the birthplace of Emma Stone.
The original name of Becca was Helen, and Jesse (the spitting guy) was named Terry.
Jonah hill and Carla Gallo have appeared in five films together. Besides this movie, they were in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Get Him to the Greek (2010), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Funny People (2009).
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Fogell doesn't get introduced until around the fifteen-minute mark.
Advanced buzz was so strong that Judd Apatow was billed as "the producer of Superbad" in trailers for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) and Drillbit Taylor (2008), which were released before and/or attached to the film itself.
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Seth Rogen and Martin Starr are in this film, and they also starred in the show Freaks and Geeks (1999), also produced by Judd Apatow.
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One of two Jonah Hill movies that featured breakout roles for future Best Actress Oscar winners (Emma Stone - La La Land (2016), and Brie Larsen - Room (2015)).
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In the scene where Evan (Michael Cera) tells Becca (Martha MacIsaac) his Saturday night in detail, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is wearing a white t-shirt with an ad for Monty Python's "SPAMalot", a Broadway musical comedy adopted from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
The song Evan sings at the party midway through the movie, can be heard playing on the radio in the police car in a following scene.
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Jonah Hill and Carla Gallo were also in Get Him to the Greek (2010).
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Seth Rogen and Carlo Gallo were in Undeclared (2001).
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Seth Rogen, Carlo Gallo, and David Krumholtz were in Undeclared (2001).
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Mark Rogen: Seth Rogen's father appears as the baseball bat-wielding dad when Seth (Jonah Hill) and Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are fleeing the police through backyards.
Danny McBride: In the background at the house party scene.
Tim Trella: The Stunt Coordinator plays the robber.
Clark Duke: In the Gazebo at Jules' party when Evan shows up to see Becca.
Ted Haigh: The bartender is played by the graphic artist.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Because Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell) was only seventeen at the time of filming, his mother was required to be on-set during the filming of his sex scene.
Emma Stone's (Jules') reaction to getting hit in the head by Jonah Hill (Seth) was improvised.
The scene in which Evan (Michael Cera) is forced to sing "These Eyes" at the adult party is strikingly similar to the scene in Dead Poets Society (1989), when Knox (Josh Charles) attends the high school party. (1) Evan and Knox are mistaken for someone's brother, who they are not. (2) Both are pressured into something by drunk partiers: Evan to sing and Knox to take a shot. (3) Both are outsiders at the parties. (4) Both parties erupt into fistfights after the cases of mistaken identity.

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