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  • This film reunited director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron, all of whom previously collaborated on Young Adult (2011).
  • The film's release date was pushed back a week to avoid competition at the box office with Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • Charlize Theron gained 50 pounds for the role. She adhered to an excessive diet of junk food, processed foods, In-N-Out Burger, and milkshakes. Theron would eat macaroni and cheese at 2 a.m. to help keep on the weight. Theron said that her youngest child had mistaken her for being pregnant, given the extensive weight gain, and that it took a year and a half for her to shed the weight.
  • This is not a sequel to the film Juno, although early notices have billed it as such. The allusion is just to the fact that both of these films have the same director.
  • Feature film debut of Joshua Pak.
  • This is the third collaboration between Reitman and Cody following Juno (2007), and Young Adult (2011).
  • The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
  • The soundtrack features music by Beulahbelle, of which Kaitlyn Dever is a member. She acted in Jason Reitman's previous film Men, Women & Children (2014).
  • The film was show at first Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) on June 23, 2018.
  • When Marlo asks Tully what she'll do tonight and Tully replies 'The same thing I do every night: try to take over the world!' she's paraphrasing the catchphrase from Pinky and the Brain.
  • Mark Duplass and Charlize Theron would later reunite as husband and wife in Bombshell (2019).


  • The film was subject to some controversy surrounding its depiction of postnatal (or postpartum) depression and other mental illness. Those that take issue with the portrayal of these subjects do so because the conditions are never specifically named and because they feel that there is not enough treatment shown on-screen. Those that champion the film feel that it is more accurate for not naming the condition, since postnatal (or postpartum) depression is severely under-diagnosed, and that the film actually does a service by causing debate about these under-discussed topics.
  • According to Charlize Theron, writer Diablo Cody pitched the movie to director Jason Reitman by saying "What if you were going through something really hard in your life, and your younger self could come rescue you?"
  • Early in the film Marlo compares hiring a nanny to Lifetime movies that end in the mother walking around with a cane after a violent climax. That's exactly what happens to Marlo at the end of the movie.
  • Mackenzie Davis who plays Tully also stars in the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" where she plays a younger "version" of herself.
  • When they first meet Tully tells Marlo: "I'm older than I look." It's later revealed that she's 26 years old, serving as an in-joke since Mackenzie Davis was already older than 26 at the time
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