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Director Jonathan Levine revealed on Collider that a lot of the film's comedy was improvised, and the dramatic moments were per the written script, which he admitted was more like an outline guide.
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In the limousine, Isaac, played by Seth Rogen, calls Ethan "Joseph." Ethan is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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There are many references to Die Hard (1988), including a character who likes to imitate Hans Gruber, the music to Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and characters singing Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis."
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The nude photos were provided by a body double.
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The film takes place in December 2001, December 2008, December 2015, December 2016, and December 2033.
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This was Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan's third collaboration. They worked together in in the past in Freaks and Geeks (1999) and The Interview (2014).
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This was Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's second collaboration with director Jonathan Levine. The first was 50/50 (2011).
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The movie was filmed under the name "X-mas."
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Seth Rogen's character, stoned and frustrated, wonders out loud who invented the iPhone. Rogen played Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs (2015).
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When Ethan, Isaac, and Chris are all dancing on the Big Piano at F.A.O. Schwarz, the song they perform is "Runaway" by Kanye West featuring Pusha T.
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This is the second collaboration between Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon, the first being 8 Mile (2002).
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This was the second time Evan Goldberg wrote a screenplay with someone other than Seth Rogen, his regular writing partner. The first time was Goon (2011).
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Isaac reenacts a moment from another Christmas-themed film, Home Alone (1990), where Kevin places his hands on his cheeks while letting out a scream.
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This was Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon's second collaboration. They previously worked together in Premium Rush (2012).
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Toward the end of the film, Mr. Green admits to Ethan that he is "a sucker for Leo." Michael Shannon acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).
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Anthony Mackie and Michael Shannon have played roles in rival comic movies, Mackie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Shannon in DC's Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-starred in DC's The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Seth Rogen starred in The Green Hornet (2011).
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Lizzy Caplan portrayed struggling comedienne Casey Klein in Party Down (2009). One of the subplots, was that Klein had gotten a small part in a film featuring Seth Rogen and "those guys" (Rogen's ratpack).
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Some of this movie was filmed in August. The cast said they felt really hot in the Christmas sweaters they had to wear outdoors in summer.
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The film was originally to be released on December 11, 2015, but Sony later moved the release date over to November 25, 2015. And after that, they moved it to November 20, 2015.
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Lizzy Caplan and Helene York have worked together previously in Masters of Sex (2013).
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Michael Shannon (Mr. Green) and Anthony Mackie (Chris) previously worked on 8 mile together back in 2002. Shannon played the mom's boyfriend while Mackie played Papa Doc.
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Sarah (Mindy Kaling) refers to The Office (2005), when her character is introduced in the karaoke bar. She is also famous for her long standing role in The Office (2005).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The character "James," played by James Franco, shares many of Franco's personal attributes that have been sensationalized by the media in the past.
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When Isaac is tripping out in Mr. Green's car, he hallucinates that his daughter works in a strip club when she grows up, and his wife blames it on not "reading the books." Seth Rogen previously was in Knocked Up (2007), where his character got in trouble with his girlfriend for not reading any of the baby books, and his character was also afraid about the kid he was about to have.
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This is the second film in which Anthony Mackie's character has a problem with performance enhancing drugs. The first film being Pain & Gain (2013).
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In one scene, Isaac (Seth Rogen) asks, "Who invented this piece of sh-t?" while holding an Apple iPhone. This references his part as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs (2015).
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