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(2001)

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This is Colleen Haskell's debut as an actress after being one of the final contenders in the first season of Survivor (2000). Rob Schneider said that working with Haskell was one of the unexpected pleasures of making the film.
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In June 2001, Newsweek revealed that print ads for at least four movies released by Columbia Pictures, including this one and A Knight's Tale (2001), contained glowing comments from a film reviewer who didn't exist. The fake critic, "David Manning," was the friend of someone who worked in Columbia's advertising department, and agreed to let his friend use his name. Manning was misrepresented as a reviewer for the Ridgefield Press, a real-life weekly paper out of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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The newspaper clipping of Marvin's father features the face of Rob Schneider's actual father, Marvin (to whom the movie is dedicated) photoshopped onto a police officer. Also, the car in which the lead character has his road accident was originally owned by Marvin Schneider (although several duplicates were also used in the crash sequence).
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In both audio commentaries on the Uncut version of the DVD, it is mentioned that Harry Dean Stanton played the part of a hunter staking out the Man-Beast in the forest, but nearly all of the footage ended up on the cutting room floor. He can still be seen, uncredited, being attacked in once scene after Marvin asks Rianna to tie him up.
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Director Luke Greenfield's mother deliberately hung around on-set because she was a big fan of Edward Asner.
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The Frisbee that Rob Schneider catches in his mouth was actually CGI.
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According to Rob Schneider's audio commentary, the heavy set cadet (Elizabeth Branson) who competes against Marvin on the obstacle course was dubbed by an uncredited Amy Poehler.
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In an interview with VladTV, Guy Torry says he hated working on the movie. Torry wanted to be in the movie because he was a fan of Rob Schneider but he soon began feeling creatively blocked by him and claims that he was "teaching me how to act black." He would accuse Schneider of being "insecure" and a "fucked-up dude."
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This was the only Happy Madison film that uses the recurring phrases "You can do it" and "That's a huge bitch".
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Marvin is seen wearing a San Francisco Giants shirt. Rob Schneider, who portrays Marvin in this movie, is a huge Giants fan.
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Colleen Haskell's debut.
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UK podcast The Sandler Pit considered the film one of Happy Madison's poorer offerings as "everything about the film is offensive". Co-host Luke Terry doomed the film to rot forever in their dreaded 'Sandler Pit', with Luke Thomas agreeing despite reluctantly enjoying the film.
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Film debut of Brianna Brown.
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When Marvin is messing around with Sergeant Sisks shotgun, he accidentally makes it go off shooting his coffee mug and drenching his picture, foreshadowing later in the movie when Marvin has animal abilities and saves the Mayors son from drowning, he splashes around in the water ultimately drenching Sisk.
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At the end of the movie. It's revealed that Marvin was promoted to police sergeant.
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Megan Taylor Harvey's debut.
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Cameo 

Pilar Schneider: Rob Schneider's neighbor, Mrs. Delarosa.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Adam Sandler takes over the role of the "Townie" usually played by Rob Schneider and wears the same hat Schneider did in The Waterboy (1998).
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While tending to her animals, Rianna tells Marvin that she feels like she is one of them. This is foreshadowing to the end of the movie where it is revealed that she had the same procedure as Marvin, done to her.
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