Howard's house was built from scratch in the Shadow Hills area of south California, with a reinforced roof that could stand the weight of the actors and the camera crew. Some of the crew were unaware of this and were surprised when they went into the house to find it completely empty, something which director Seth Gordon is very proud of. (imdb.com)
Vernon Vaughn - Vince Vaughn's real-life father - makes a cameo as a Church Goer during Christmas play. He is sitting right behind Reese Witherspoon. He has had cameo roles in several of Vince's films including Swingers (1996), Made (2001), and The Break-Up (2006). (imdb.com)
The film started production during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which meant that there could be no changes made to the script during filming. (imdb.com)
Cast includes two Country-Western singers (Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw) and three people who have won Oscars for playing Country-Western singers (Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005), Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies (1983) and Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)) (imdb.com)
According to director Seth Gordon, the film's subject is the difficulty all people have of reconciling who they are and the person they're supposed to be, which is why it's so hard to spend Christmas with one's family and why it can engender uneasiness. Naturally, he also felt Christmas was an amazing playground for comedy. (imdb.com)
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