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Some scenes were improvised, for example, when Jeff advises Arnau to raise his collar and wear sunglasses since they make him look like "a pilot that drives jets".
The original classified ad upon which the film is based first appeared in Backwoods Home Magazine in 1997. It was written as last-minute filler by John Silveira, an employee of the magazine, who is credited in the film as "Time Travel Consultant" and also has a cameo. The ad was later featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) in the "Headlines" segment, and eventually turned into an Internet meme before being developed into a screenplay.
Shot in 4 weeks. Mark Duplass filmed all his scenes in the first 2 because of schedule conflicts.
There is an actual Facebook page for Liz McHollis, Jeff's old girlfriend who he looks up while in Ocean View. Anne Sellery and Jennifer Popochock, who were the hair stylists and makeup artists on the film, are her only two "friends." Her hometown is listed as Ocean Shores (which is a real town) and not Ocean View, which doesn't actually exist.
The part of Darius was written for Aubrey Plaza, because writer Derek Connolly wanted to work with her. Jake Johnson was likewise director Colin Trevorrow's first choice for the part of Jeff.
When the time travel ad is shown in the beginning, there are ads surrounding it for a Datsun and 1979 Hornet Wagon. Both of these cars are seen when the magazine trio is in Ocean View. Kenneth drives a first generation Datsun Z car and when Darius follows him to the "secure location" after he's done with work, they are spooked in the alley by a 1975-1977 Hornet Wagon, as AMC did not make a 1979 Hornet.
The instrument that Kenneth plays for Darius is a dulcimer. He mistakenly calls it a zither.
When Jeff (Jake Johnson) approaches Kenneth (Mark Duplass) about the time-travel ad, he mentions that he would like to go back in time to see living dinosaurs. Kenneth later mentions being a fan of Star Wars to Darius (Aubrey Plaza). Director Colin Trevorrow's next movie would be Jurassic World (2015), which deals with an amusement park that features living dinosaurs and starred Johnson, and he has been announced as director of Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
When Darius gives Kenneth her written phone number, it begins with area code 206, which is the code for Seattle and neighboring cities. The next three digits suggest Redmond, Washington, but, as per filming guidelines, his thumb obscures the last two digits.
The location in the ad (1557 4TH Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B1) is now an RCMP Municipal Facility.

Cameo 

Wesley Schultz: lead singer of The Lumineers (Grammy Nominated band) is in the elevator at the beginning of the film, when Darius is on her way to work.
Derek Connolly: The screenwriter can be seen folding napkins in the background when Darius is interviewed by the restaurant manager.

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