* DawsonCasting: For a good reason. If Elizabeth Shue actually ''was'' 17 when this was made, the whole "looking-like-the-''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''-centerfold" thing would have crossed the line.
** Also, Bradley Whitford was 27 when he played Chris's boyfriend in this film.
* RecycledTheSeries: A sitcom pilot for a TV version aired on CBS but did not go to series. The most notable actors to appear in the pilot were Joey Lawrence and Brian Austin Green as Brad and Daryl. The premise centered on Chris, Brenda, and the kids getting held up at a store, locked in a storage room, and then trying to escape through the [[SewerGator sewers where they come face-to-face with an alligator]].
* ThrowItIn: During the scene where Brenda tries to buy a hot dog, the vendor improvised the line "Then I don't have a fucking weiner!" The director thought it was hilarious, but the executives told him to take it out of the theatrical release to keep it PG-13.
** They got their revenge for that bit of ExecutiveMeddling by [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar getting some truly EPIC crap past the radar]] with the revised lines:
--> '''Vendor:''' Look, you slip me the cash, and I'll slip you the weiner.
--> '''Brenda:''' But I don't have any cash!
--> '''Vendor:''' Then ''I'' don't have a weiner!
** Also the song they improvise to get off the stage.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Although Vincent D'Onofrio does a good job playing Dawson/The Mighty Thor, originally the part was slated for flamboyant metal musician John Mikl Thor (as something of a CastingGag.)