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 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 chainsaw, that doesn't allow the chain to move, even when the engine is revved at a high r.p.m.
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 rewrite the script with Shuler.
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."
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.
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.