The film received an R rating for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language - all involving tweens. This marked the first time an R rating had been given with the description "all involving tweens."
TMZ leaked photos of a stand in for Keith L. Williams wearing blackface makeup during production. Producer Seth Rogen stated "As soon as I was made aware of it, I ensured we put an end to it - and I give my word that on any project my team and I are involved in, we will take every precaution to make sure something similar does not take place again."
While he doesn't appear in the film itself, producer Seth Rogen plays himself in a short skit introducing the official red band trailer (intended for adult audiences only), where he tells the three leads they're too young to watch the trailer.