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Noah Baumbach originally wanted Wes Anderson to direct, but Anderson convinced Baumbach to direct it himself, due to the film being very personal to Baumbach.
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Bill Murray was set to star in the main role, but backed out in the last minute because he wanted to take a break after filming Broken Flowers (2005). He was later replaced by Jeff Daniels.
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Although the movie is heavily autobiographical, director and writer Noah Baumbach said he never pretended to have written "Hey You" by Pink Floyd for a school contest. In reality, a friend of his did it with a The Who song, and Baumbach borrowed the story because it felt so much like something that could've come from his childhood.
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Shot in 23 days.
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Anna Paquin, who plays a love interest to Jeff Daniels in the film, played his daughter nine years earlier in Fly Away Home (1996) (in which their characters attempt to set a flock of orphaned Canada Geese back on their migratory path). Upon the release of The Squid and the Whale (2005), Jeff Daniels said that this previous experience made the filming a bit awkward for both of them. His comment to one interviewer about how he and Paquin got through the filming of their intimate scenes was, "we tried not to think about...you know, geese."
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Jeff Daniels was scheduled to film The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004) when The Squid and the Whale (2005) was set to start production. The beard Jeff Daniels has in The Five People You Meet In Heaven, which doesn't necessarily fit his character in that film, is there only because Noah Baumbach insisted Daniels' character in The Squid and the Whale should have had a beard.
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According to director Noah Baumbach, Jesse Eisenberg auditioned 9 times for the part of Walt.
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Laura Linney was given the script by Eric Stoltz in 2000, while they were filming The House of Mirth (2000). She agreed to do the film immediately.
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The title refers to a prized display of a giant squid fighting a whale at the American Museum of Natural History, which appears in the final shot of the film.
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Long before the movie was made, actress Laura Linney's father, Romulus Linney, and director Noah Baumbach's father, Jonathan Baumbach, were in a car accident together while visiting an artist colony.
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The agency from which Bernard gets the rejection letter is ICM (International Creative Management). This is the agency of Jeff Daniels, who plays Bernard, and also of Laura Linney, who plays Joan.
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As of 2016, The Squid and the Whale (2005) was the last major acting job of Owen Kline.
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The budget for the film was around $1,500,000, down from the original budget of around $7,000,000.
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The composers of the film's score, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, can be seen in the audience at the school talent show.
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Jeb Gelber, Bernard's former student who MC's his reading at SUNY Binghamton, is played by director Noah Baumbach's younger brother, Nico Baumbach.
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Sophie's father is played by one of the film's producers, Peter Newman, and her sister, Greta, is played by Greta Kline, younger sister of Owen Kline, who plays Frank. Greta is the girl who sings Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" at the school talent show auditions.
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In the scenes where Jeff Daniels' character is driving, Daniels actually drove the vehicles himself.
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Jeff Daniels' character says that he is going to SUNY Binghamton to do a reading towards the end of the movie. While the film is not actually shot on the campus of Binghamton University, the actor who plays Ivan, William Baldwin, is an actual alum of BU.
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In the scene where school official Ms. Lemon discusses Frank's behavior with Bernard & Joan, director Noah Baumbach's father, Jonathan Baumbach, can be seen through the glass window behind her.
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The surname of the film's central family is "Berkman." One of Bernard's graduate students is portrayed by artist Bo Berkman, a friend & collaborator of director Noah Baumbach. Many of Bernard's other graduate students are also portrayed by personal friends of Noah Baumbach.
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Near the end of the film, Bernard is reading a book that he dismisses as "pulp," but acknowledges "Leonard is the filet of the crime genre." The title is not mentioned, and the front cover is not shown; but based on glimpses of the back cover, it can be seen the book he is reading is LaBrava, written by Elmore Leonard.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Ivan is strikingly similar in appearance and mannerisms to renowned author David Foster Wallace. Bernard's excuse for Joan leaving him throughout the film is that he is not as "successful" a writer as he once was. Though this is never proven in Joan's character and reasoning, her getting together with Ivan is perhaps the only proof Bernard has of this excuse, and why he shows so much physical pain in reaction to it.
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