Trivia: Despite having outspoken Mara as a student in his classes for at least two consecutive years, Mr. Spiros mispronounced her name as "Mare-ah" instead of "Mar-ah." I don't think it is an accident in the movie that Mr. Spiros also mispronounced Dylan's last name as "Hove-meyer" instead of "Huv-ah-meyer." These may serve as examples of how "distant" or "disinterested" some teachers are in getting to know (or truly care about) their students. (00:17:55 - 01:20:19)
Trivia: Any significance to the C-4 jukebox song? Was it a Springsteen song about a milk truck? Did it represent the blood component test (Component C4) used to diagnose diseases such as lupus (suggesting a possible cause for "popping")? Low C4 levels are associated with liver disease from drinking alcohol - a hint that drugs/alcohol were to blame? There is a plastic explosive C-4. A detonator is required to explode a stick of C-4 - FBI Agent Rosetti asked Mara and Tess if they were blowing up people. (00:58:25)
Trivia: FBI Special Agent Rosetti responded to Mara's joke - "It could be worse, right? We could be Republicans" - by saying, "That was funny." Republicans probably don't agree and viewers favoring various political parties might not "get" the joke. Basically, New Jersey (movie's setting) has been a "Democratic trifecta" for about the last thirty (30) years (since 1992). (Ha Ha?). (00:29:07)
Trivia: It might seem unusual to use a high school pre-calculus class to introduce most of the main characters (which include several football players) and the phenomenon of "popping" or spontaneous combustion, but New Jersey Public Schools are either at THE top or among the top best public schools in the U.S. New Jersey also has a high percentage of college graduates (~ 40% ages 25+) and a high per capita income (i.e, is a wealthy state).