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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.