In 1995, R.L. Stine wrote a very similar story in his "Tales To Give You Goosebumps", with almost the same plot and set-up, even down to the title, "Click". Scholastic, Inc. almost sued Adam Sandler and this film's producers for plagiarism. Both parties agreed the entire situation was a coincidence, so no legal action was ever taken. Both stories could easily be based on the old French tale "The Magic Thread", in which a boy is able to pull a thread to speed up the parts of his life he doesn't like. He quickly finds himself an old man before being given a second chance.
In the DVD Audio commentary, Director Frank Coraci states that the scene set in the past where Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) and Donna Newman (Kate Beckinsale) kiss for the first time was deliberately overlit to look like a late 1980s or early 1990s film.
Michael (Adam Sandler) passes on a favor from Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff), to which Mr. Ammer replies, "I'll put Swardson on it." Nick Swardson is a friend of Adam Sandler, appearing on Sandler's most recent comedy album "Shh... Don't Tell" (2004). Swardson is also the Bed, Bath & Beyond Guy who asks Michael to be his friend.
The plot is similar to an episode of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (1995) season three, episode five, "Click", in which a child orders a remote that controls not just the television, but the world around him. Not unlike Sandler's version of the story, the remote proves to be addictive and have dire consequences.
The film's premise was originated from a joke by co-Writer Steve Koren. It was not until co-Writer Mark O'Keefe's girlfriend's suggestion of turning it into a feature that the project got off the ground.
Several future world events are mentioned by radio in the film as Michael fast-forwards through his life. Two of these include Michael Jackson becoming the first human being to clone himself and Britney Spears having her twenty-third baby. In the film, the future spans from 2017 to 2030.
When Michael (Adam Sandler) visits Ben's (Jake Hoffman's) office, the water that Ben gives Michael is VOSS sparkling artesian water from Norway. Yet another reference to his other movies. Voss is the brand of water Sandler's spoiled kids drank in Grown Ups (2010).
Jennifer Coolidge's character is named Janine in this movie. She was known as "Stifler's Mom" in American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012), but her real name was Janine, as yelled by Finch at the end of American Pie 2 (2001).