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When the King family are at Lihue airport in Kauai, Matt tells his cousin it's "just a little holoholo." In Hawaiian, "holoholo" means "to go out," usually for a leisurely drive. In the next scene, as the family rides in the cousin's jeep, lyrics in the musical cue include the phrase "holoholo ka'a," which means "going for a ride in a car."
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When Matt King describes his inherited wealth, he says, "I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father; you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing." This is based on a well-known quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a 1986 Fortune magazine interview. "Setting up his heirs with a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb can be harmful for them and is an antisocial act. To him the perfect amount to leave children is 'enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.'"
The phone number shown on George Clooney's character's Blackberry for Gold Coast Real Estate - (808) 926-7525 - really is the phone number for Honolulu's Gold Coast Real Estate, Inc.
King Kamehameha I became the first sovereign of the unified Hawaiian Islands in 1810. His last legitimate heir was Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who died in 1884. Margaret Ke'Alohilani and Edward King, the ancestors of the film's King family, are fictional.
Alexander Payne's first film in 7 years since winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Sideways (2004).
Miles Teller auditioned and was one of the finalists to play Sid, but in the end lost the role to Nick Krause.
Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the part of the older daughter.
In one scene, Elizabeth's mother is called "tutu", Hawaiian slang for grandparent.
One closeup briefly shows Elizabeth's Punahou School diploma. Punahou School, in Honolulu, is the largest private school in the United States. It was built in 1841 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. Barack Obama graduated from Punahou School in 1979.
George Clooney was attracted to the part because he so often has played characters that have their act together. The character of Matt clearly does not.
Beau Bridges is very familiar with the Hawaiian islands. He attended the University of Hawaii as a young man.
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Amara Miller wasn't cast until two weeks before production kicked off.
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In the original novel, Matt's wife's name was Joan. In the movie, it was changed to Elizabeth.
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George Clooney wanted to play the role of 'Jack' in Sideways (2004), Alexander Payne's last film. Payne turned him down, saying that he wanted someone lesser known for the role.
The first time Alexander Payne has worked with small children.
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The first film Alexander Payne has not co-written with his regular collaborator Jim Taylor.
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Mikandrew Perdaris was considered for the role of 'Sid'.
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Kaui Hart Hemmings:  Matt's assistant, Noe, who announces "Your cousins are here" when Matt is prepares to meet with his relatives at his law office.
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