Second most stolen film in America, the first being Clerks (1994).

Troy Garity, who plays Tom Hayden, is the son of the real Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda.

The title for the film is inspired by Abbie Hoffman's book title "Steal This Book". It was a "survival guide" for hippies, including then-current names and addresses of places to go for free food, shelter and clothing. Since it was written for those wishing to survive outside the need for money (and it utilized Hoffman's infamous sense of humor), the title encouraged them to steal the book in order to access the information.

Michael Cera's feature film debut.