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The erotic dance between Steve Carell and Tina Fey was improvised, but to make them feel awkward in character, director Shawn Levy shouted obscure phrases to them while behind the camera.
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Despite the fact that his character's minimal apparel is a running joke throughout the movie, there is a dedicated wardrobe assistant to Mark Wahlberg listed in the end credits.
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In all of Mark Wahlberg's scenes, he is shirtless. His scenes were carefully filmed at specific angles to avoid showing a tattoo of Bob Marley that he has on his right shoulder.
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Natanya (Gal Gadot) is a name of a mundane Israeli city. It is not a common Israeli female name.
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In the scene where Claire Foster (Tina Fey) is preparing for bed, she is shown wearing a University of Virginia t-shirt. Tina Fey graduated from there in 1992.
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As Taste (James Franco) and Whippit (Mila Kunis) are leaving their apartment, Taste says "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in thirty seconds flat." This is a reference to a quote from Heat (1995). William Fichtner (District Attorney Frank Crenshaw) was in Heat.
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The name of the gentlemen's club, where the Fosters go to meet the District Attorney (The Peppermint Hippo), is a based on a famous chain of gentlemen's clubs, called The Spearmint Rhino.
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There is an additional outtake after the credits.
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Cameo: Jason Jones and Samantha Bee from The Daily Show (1996) (where Steve Carell got his break) are the couple that the Fosters try to convince to give them money by explaining all that's happened to them.
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Ray Liotta and William Fichtner worked together in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). Liotta did the voice of the game's protagonist, Tommy Vercetti, while Fichtner provided the voice of his lawyer Ken Rosenberg. Fichtner's character, District Attorney Frank Crenshaw, may possibly be based on Rosenberg, as they are both lawyers. While Liotta's character, Joe Miletto, might possibly be based on Vercetti, as they are both crime bosses.
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Shawn Levy's third consecutive film to have the word "Night" in its title. The first two being Night at the Museum (2006) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).
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In-joke: the surnames of the two tough-looking guys that appear at the restaurant are similar with those of two of the three astronauts in the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot)
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Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo appeared in Foxcatcher (2014). Both actors received Oscar nominations for their roles in that movie.
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In-jokes and obscure references: when Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) return to the restaurant claiming to be friends of Will.i.am, they mistakenly call him Sam i Am. This is a reference to either the classic Dr. Seuss book 'Green Eggs and Ham', or to the Los Angeles hip-hop producer Samiyam, of whom Collins (Common) is known to be a fan.
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Mark Whalberg and Mila Kunis have both appeared in Ted (2012)
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James Franco and Mark Ruffalo, have both appeared in Marvel Movies, James Franco, Spider-Man 1-3 (2002,2004,2007), and Mark Ruffalo, Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015), AVengers:Infinity War(2018) to name a few.
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The names of the couple played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey are Phil and Claire. This is the same name as the couple from the sitcom Modern Family (2009). In the show, the characters are played by Ty Burrel and Julie Bowen.
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The Fosters' bad luck is connected to the mysterious "Tripplehorns". Ray Liotta (Joe Miletto), previously co-starred with Jeanne Tripplehorn in Crazy on the Outside (2010).
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Phil and Claire have the exact first names as the Dunphys from 'Modern Family'.
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Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig would star in the film Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) almost a decade later after this film's release.
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Jesse Plemons (Gary), Billy Magnussen (Ryan) & Jimmi Simpson (Armstrong) also worked together on episode 4.1, Black Mirror: USS Callister (2017), of Black Mirror (2011) as Robert Daly, Valdack & Walton respectively.
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The SpongeBob SquarePants episode, SpongeBob SquarePants: SB-129/Karate Choppers, is shown in the movie when Katy (Leighton Meester), is watching it on the TV when she is watching the kids. Coincidentally, two of the movie's stars, Kristen Wiig and Ray Liotta, guest starred on SpongeBob. Liotta guest starred in SpongeBob SquarePants: Whatever Happened to SpongeBob (2008) as the leader of the Bubble Poppin' Boys, and Wiig would guest star in the episode The Curse of the Hex/The Main Drain (2011) as Madame Hagfish the following year.
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When Taste tells Phil not to go all "Raymond Burr" on him, Taste is confusing actor Raymond Burr with the U.S. politician Aaron Burr. Raymond Burr was familiar for his television performances in Perry Mason (1957) and Ironside (1967). Aaron Burr was the third Vice President of the U.S., most famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. This reference would be lost on people unfamiliar with U.S. political history, and especially on non-U.S. audiences.
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