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(1983)

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Michael Keaton turned down Splash (1984) to do this movie.
First movie for Michael Keaton, where he was top billed.
Only a year after this movie was released, a spin-off television movie version was made. Mr. Mom (1984) had a different cast and crew, except for Writer John Hughes and Director Stan Dragoti, who were credited for characters and story, respectively.
The second feature film written by John Hughes.
The chain on the chainsaw appears not to move, even though the engine is revved. This is because the chain-break is engaged, which is a safety feature on all modern chainsaws, that doesn't allow the chain to move, even when the engine is revved at a high rpm.
The first movie, in which Michael Keaton appeared, after his breakthrough film role in Night Shift (1982).
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood role-reversal comedies of the 1980s. The films include Mr. Mom (1983), Baby Boom (1987), and 3 Men and a Baby (1987).
The premise came about when John Hughes recounted to Lauren Shuler Donner about a disastrous experience he had looking after his two children in the absence of his wife, which Shuler found hilarious. After asking if that could make a good movie, she replied that "it sure sounds funny to me". Hughes wrote the film, and flew to Los Angeles to re-write the script with Shuler.
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Michael Keaton and Teri Garr have a relation to Batman. Michael Keaton portrayed the title character in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), while Teri Garr guest-starred, and was uncredited, in Batman: Instant Freeze (1966).
Dabney Coleman, Jeffrey Jones, and Jack Nicholson were considered for the role of Ron Richardson.
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Chevy Chase, Michael Douglas, Steve Martin, and John Travolta were considered for Jack Butler.
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Karen Allen, Jane Curtin, Farrah Fawcett, and Sally Field were considered for Caroline Butler.
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In an interview with The A.V. Club, Teri Garr revealed that when the producers pitched the movie to her, they hid the plot reversal. "They just told me it was about a guy who does the work that a woman does, because it's so easy, and I went, 'Oh, yeah. Ha ha.' It's so easy. All the women I know who stay home and take care of their kids, they go, 'Oh yeah, this is easy.' Hmm."
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While Lauren Shuler Donner talked to her agent friend Laurie Perlman, Perlman told her about "this guy who is really funny", whom she represented, Michael Keaton. After meeting Keaton, and seeing his screen debut, Night Shift (1982), Donner decided to send him the script.
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Third feature film made by Television Producer Aaron Spelling, who recounted in his memoir: "I couldn't find a film that was suitable to take my kids to, so we made one."
Inspired by the life of Television Executive Lynn Loring. A former actress, Loring retired from the industry, to become a full-time housewife and mother. When her husband found himself unemployed, Loring returned to the workforce, and became the breadwinner. John Hughes found himself in a similar circumstance.
Stan Dragoti ended up directing the film after John Hughes turned it down, because he preferred to make his movies in Chicago, not Hollywood.
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According to Jeffrey Tambor, the shot of Michael Keaton knocking him out was done in one take.
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Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd appeared in The Dream Team (1989).
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Carolyn Seymour's first Hollywood film role.
First major film role for Ann Jillian after a twenty-year hiatus.
One of two gender-bender comedies that actress Teri Garr appeared in during the early 1980s, the other being Tootsie (1982).
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Ron Howard was asked to direct, but he turned it down in order to make Splash (1984).
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Teri Garr and Christopher Lloyd appeared in Changing Habits (1997).
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The license plate of a Michigan automobile, that took Jack Butler away, to a feminine party, is XNG-876. MICHIGAN (all capital letters) is above the license plate number XNG-876, below (all capital letters) is GREAT LAKES, and the expiration is November 30, 1983.
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