The film was based on the true events of the lives of former high school classmates (Bill Akers, Patrick Schultheis, Sean Raftis and Mike Konesky). As teenagers during the 1980s, they would entertain themselves by playing the schoolyard game during breaks at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.
Jeremy Renner fractured his right elbow and left wrist while filming a stunt for the movie.
The basis of the film originates on a game being played for thirty years. The playground game of "tag" was big during the 1980s. Several movies during the 1980s capitalized on the craze, including Tag: The Assassination Game (1982) and Gotcha! (1985).
Despite playing their classmate, Hannibal Buress is twelve to five years younger than his co-stars.
The film reunited Ed Helms and Rashida Jones, who served character roles in The Office (2005-2012).
This film marked the second collaboration between Jake Johnson and Annabelle Wallis, following The Mummy (2017).
Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson and Annabelle Wallis each starred opposite Tom Cruise in blockbuster films: Renner in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), and Johnson and Wallis in The Mummy (2017).
Jeremy Renner and Leslie Bibb both starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in various films and Bibb as a reporter in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010).