Natalie’s failure to find an appropriate job might be due to her poor search skills.
Natalie complains about only finding unpaid positions while searching for animator jobs on Indeed.
But when her computer screen is visible, it shows that Natalie has searched for all animation jobs within 25 miles of LA.
It seems like it would be more helpful for her to use the filters to narrow the search to paid, full-time jobs if that’s what she’s looking for.
The bird Natalie draws for Cara is similar to the one she animates later.
Before Cara’s first day at work, Natalie gives her a card with a bluebird she drew on it.
Later in the film, a bluebird (in a different style) is the main character of her animated short.
Natalie seems to insult a popular parenting book.
Natalie is shown reading a recognizable parenting book during a pregnancy montage. The back cover is in the shot, making it pretty clear that she’s reading “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.”
Natalie later insults parenting books, saying that she hates them and they suck.
Natalie is shown drawing an owl before Rosie is born.
When Natalie and Gabe are painting the nursery on New Year’s Eve before Rosie is born, Natalie draws a sketch of an owl on the wall.
But when Natalie later explains the origin of her Night Owl character, she says she and Gabe called Rosie Night Owl when she was first born and up all night.
The owl on the mural and Night Owl look similar, so she may have actually come up with the idea while she was still pregnant.
Gabe and Natalie consistently wear shirts that show off their interests.
Gabe is wearing a band shirt in his very first scene and continues to do so throughout the film, including AC/DC and Mötley Crüe ones.
Natalie instead wears shirts with anime and other animated characters on them.
The movie Natalie praises is another Netflix film.
While on a date with Jake, Natalie approaches a booth with merchandise from “A Whisker Away,” which she says she loved. She even compares it to the cult-classic animated film “Spirited Away.”
Like “Look Both Ways,” “A Whisker Away” is a Netflix film.
Natalie is offered a popular California coffee brand while visiting Cara.
When Natalie wakes up at Cara’s, she’s asked if she wants Blue Bottle. But Natalie doesn’t know what this means until Cara’s roommate clarifies that it’s coffee.
Blue Bottle is a real coffee chain that started in California. It’s since grown to a few other places, including Chicago and New York, but it makes sense that Natalie doesn’t know it since she’s from Texas.
Gabe’s defensiveness after he proposes to Miranda seems to be connected to Natalie’s earlier rejection.
When Gabe reveals he’s proposed to Miranda, he makes a point of saying that he’s thought this through and has a plan.
When he proposed to Natalie earlier, her parents accused him of not having thought about it for long enough.
Gabe seems to be assuming that Natalie will say the same thing about his proposal to Miranda.
Natalie has a poster in her room that mentions a real Austin-based band.
Natalie’s bedroom at her parent’s house has a poster with band names, including St. Claire, Eksi Ekso, The Sour Notes, and Tonybear.
The Sour Notes is a real band from Austin, Texas.
This particular poster appears to be from a 2011 Boston show, which shows how long it’s been since Natalie lived with her parents and last decorated her room.
Gabe’s band plays the same cover in two scenes.
At the beginning of the film, Gabe’s band plays a cover of Fun’s “We Are Young” at the graduation party.
Years later, at a bar near the South By Southwest festival, they play the same cover.
They aren’t really shown playing original songs elsewhere in the film, and the name of the band is never mentioned. Even when Cara points to a bar sign and says Gabe’s band is playing, viewers only see the other side of the sign without the name.