After Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) storms out the diner and Pat (Bradley Cooper) is pursuing her down the street, they pass a movie theater. On the movie theater marquee is the movie title Midnight Meat Train. Midnight Meat Train is a 2008 movie starring Bradley Cooper.
David O. Russell mentioned in an interview that he originally had Zooey Deschanel and Vince Vaughn in mind for the lead roles as he was writing the script.
In the early release version of the movie Pat Sr. incorrectly states the Eagles beat the Cowboys 21 to 6. In the wide release version the correct score of the 2008 game has been dubbed in, and his character states the Eagles won 44-6.
Mark Wahlberg was cast in the lead role but director David O. Russell decided to go with Bradley Cooper instead, even though Wahlberg had both produced and co-starred in Russell's last film, the critically acclaimed smash The Fighter (2010).
Throughout the movie, Dolores (Jacki Weaver) announces to her family and visiting friends that she has made "crabby snacks and homemades" for them to eat while watching football. Many critics and viewers outside of the Philadelphia area assumed this was some sort of term for a Philadelphia Eagles food tradition, but most Philadelphia-area viewers were just as mystified by the term as everyone else. Weaver herself, in a November 2012 New York Magazine interview, admitted that she couldn't remember what the term meant, although she had known at the time of shooting the movie. Finally, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that "crabby snacks" are a canapé that Doreen Quick (mother of Matthew Quick who wrote this story) used to make for game days and other gatherings. The recipe consists of canned crabmeat and processed cheese cooked together and spread onto English muffins, and cut into quarters. "Homemades" are egg noodles made from scratch.
The Weinstein company bought the rights to the book before it was published and planned for Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella to produce, before they both died in 2008. |