The film held a private screening for the Canadian Government in an effort to stop bill C-10, a censorship amendment that would stop "offensive" films from getting funding. The governing party refused to see it, however the opposition parties watched it.
Credited with being the film single-handedly responsible for bill C-10, a new Canadian bill that would give the federal Heritage Department the power to deny funding for films and TV shows it considers offensive. Eventually, due to public outcry and the film's success, the bill was rescinded.
The infamous "Dirty Talk" speech was the only thing written while both writers were in the same room. The rest of the script was written entirely over email, while Abrams worked in Toronto on Slings and Arrows (2003) and Gero worked on Stargate: Atlantis (2004) in Vancouver.