This film won five Razzies, including worst picture, worst actor and worst director. Tom Green showed up to the ceremony to pick up his awards.
The footage of surgery Freddy is watching, when the cop and therapist come to his door, is actual footage of surgery Tom Green underwent to remove a lymph node due to testicular cancer.
The French title, "Va te faire foutre Freddy!" translates as "Go and Fuck Yourself, Freddy!" in English.
Filming was interrupted by an irate hot dog seller who refused to move his cart out of the way. He eventually moved for $2000 (a check that was later canceled).
Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Media once said in his re:View of this movie, "You could say that this was the second worst thing to happen in 2001."
When originally rated NC-17 by the MPAA, Tom Green replied, "That's like, porn--with murder."
The "Toronto Star" instituted an all-new rating for this film--Negative 1 star out of 5.
When Tom Green showed up to personally accept his awards at the Razzies for this film, not only did he bring his own red carpet, but he played an endless harmonica solo at the end of the show and had to actually be dragged off stage.
Tom Green performed most of his own stunts, including the skateboarding scenes and the house scene. The studio was against him doing any of the stunts, because if anything happened to him, they'd lose the lead actor and director.
The film is included on film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. He famously wrote about it: "This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels."
The whole idea of the "cheese sandwiches" is from a sketch on The Tom Green Show (1999) when he met an old couple in the park and acted really nice to them and asked them for a cheese sandwich that they were eating. After he walked away from them, he started talking to the camera saying, "Who the hell eats cheese sandwiches? I mean, there's salads and meat. Cheese sandwiches!"
Freddy is watching a medical show on television. The show is actually The Tom Green Cancer Special (2000).
Jerry Stiller and Gene Wilder were offered the role of Tom Green's dad. Both turned it down because they thought the script was offensive.
When Betty gives Gordy her phone number, she writes down 867-5309--from the Tommy Tutone song "Jenny".
Tom Green and Drew Barrymore were dating at the time of the film's release. They got married several months later, then divorced six weeks after that.
In the scene where Freddy (Eddie Kaye Thomas) watches television in his living room, on the mantle, it shows Tom Green's senior class photo when he graduated from Colonel By High School in 1990.
When we first see Freddy sitting with the other kids in the institution, the movie they are watching is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
A scene where Stephen Tobolowsky played Tom's uncle at the cheese factory was cut from the movie. His uncle introduces him to the factory and they pay homage to I Love Lucy (1951), by doing a gag making cheese sandwiches.