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The word processor file in which Mavis composes her novel throughout the film is titled "pieceofshit.doc".
Charlize Theron was Jason Reitman's first and only choice for the lead role.
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In the bar scene where Mavis meets Matt Freehauf, Mavis tells him about her 'disturbingly popular teen book series', and he asks her if it's about vampires. This is a blatant reference to Twilight (2008), a film, in which Elizabeth Reaser (Beth Slade) appeared.
When they were casting the movie, Jason Reitman asked Diablo Cody what she thought about Patton Oswalt for the role of Matt, and if the writer knew the actor's work. Cody replied deadpan: "Are you serious?" This, of course, because Oswalt was a semi-regular actor on Cody's television show, United States of Tara (2009).
In the movie, Mavis is the ghostwriter of a popular YA book series. In real life, Diablo Cody, the writer of the film, is a big Sweet Valley High fan (another YA book series with a ghostwriter). The book covers in "Young Adult" resembles those of the "Sweet Valley High" books. Cody actually plans to make a "Sweet Valley High" movie.
Jason Reitman personally asked Charlize Theron to star in the film, at the 2009 Oscars.
One of Matt Freehof's dolls is Nite Owl, one of the original members of the Minutemen, the team of vigilante heroes featured in Watchmen (2009). Patrick Wilson portrayed Nite Owl II in the same film.
In the film, Mavis (Charlize Theron) drives a Mini Cooper identical to the one Stella Bridger (also played by Charlize) drives during the climactic heist in The Italian Job (2003).
On October 19, 2011, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody hosted a "sneak preview" of this movie at the Edina Theater in suburban Minneapolis.
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Though set in Minnesota, the scene in, and around the bar "Woody's", was filmed in Massapequa Park on Long Island, New York.
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Mavis' drink of choice is a Maker's Mark. In Juno (2007), also directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, when Vanessa offers drinks, Juno asks for a Maker's Mark up.
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During a scene where Mavis (Charlize Theron) browses in a clothing store, an assistant offers to help, and Mavis asks if they have anything by Marc Jacobs. Theron is, in reality, a big fan of the New York designer's line of fashion.
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Portions of the movie, taking place in the Midwest, were filmed outside Churchill Apartments, in downtown Minneapolis.
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On October 18, 2011, George Stroumboulopoulos, along with Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, hosted the first public screening/sneak peek of the film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The screening was followed by a brief Q&A session for attendees, with Reitman and Cody. The screening was promoted as a secret, with nothing about the film revealed. Comedic trailers also played on The Hour (2004).
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Josh Brolin was rumored to star in the movie.
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