During the scene where Julia Roberts drives through the town square and sees Richard Gere playing slide guitar with some "locals", Gere not only played the guitar for real but he wrote the part he was playing.
Early in the movie when Julia Roberts runs out to her front yard to get the paper, she quite obviously flashes her legs as she does so. Garry Marshall has been quoted as having given the advice, "When in doubt during the movie, cut to an animal . . . or Julia's legs."
In the scene where Julia Roberts runs through the room filled with little children, the baby being held by the woman to her left is Garry Marshall's granddaughter. Marshall has a long history of putting his children and grandchildren in his movies. His daughter, Kathleen, plays "Cousin Cindy" in this movie.
The beauty parlor run by Joan Cusack's character is named "Curl up and Dye". The beauty parlors where Geena Davis's character works in Earth Girls are Easy is also named "Curl up and Dye", as is the beauty parlor where Michelle Pfeiffer's character gets a job in Married to the Mob.
Richard Gere did not like the location the film was set in (Berlin, Maryland). Calling it "the sticks" he stayed roughly 15 miles away in the community of Ocean Pines during the production of the movie.
When Ike is telling Maggie about his mother's desire that he author books, and his father's goals for him, neither of which he achieved, he tells Maggie that everyone knows "journalism is literature in a hurry." Although not attributed, this is a quote from a toast given by an English Magistrate, Sir Francis Jeune, although it has been incorrectly attributed to Mathew Arnold, a British Poet and cultural critic, and Lord Morley,a British Liberal Statesman and publisher.
Of the six films co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Touchstone Pictures in the 1990s, given the fact that it was rated PG in the US and given G or PG equivalents in many other countries, this was the most family-friendly of the six films. Usually, when Disney releases a G or PG-rated film, it is under the Walt Disney Pictures label, though some have also been released under the Touchstone, Hollywood, Miramax, and Dimension labels. This was the first PG-rated collaboration between Paramount and Disney since 1981's "Dragonslayer", one of the films that prompted Disney to create the Touchstone and later Hollywood labels, along with acquiring Miramax and Dimension.