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  • Parody: "Weird Al" Yankovic did a parody of the title song called "Toothless People", expecting the film to be a smash hit. It was, but the title song itself wasn't.
  • Playing Against Type: The only film directed by the entire Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio to be a more traditional, story-driven comedy rather than their hundred-joke-a-minute screwball comedies they were known for. It was also the last hurrah for the three-man directing team itself, as all their future cooperations would only have one of them directing.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Bill Pullman as Earl. His first major role would be in Spaceballs before being in The Accidental Tourist.
  • Typecasting: You couldn't get two more vanilla actors in Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater to play the milquetoast kidnappers.
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