Phoebe Cates' film debut. Cates was 17 years of age when she starred in this movie. The film was of two movies that Cates starred in 1982, the other was Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Cates not only is one of the film's two leads but was also selected as a performer to sing the movie's theme song, the "Paradise Theme". Cates refused to promote the film due to the depiction of nudity in the movie. According to Willie Aames, Cates was very upset by this.
Actor Willie Aames has stated in an interview that the love scenes were more explicit in the version that he and Phoebe Cates were shown for approval. During production, Cates and Aames decided that the picture did not require the amount of nudity that had been written into the script.