In the film, the characters played by Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are often at odds with each other. In reality, the two are close friends, and chose this project specifically to work on together.
The song that Isabel (Julia Roberts) sings to Ben (Liam Aiken) in the hospital is "If I Needed You". It was recorded by Roberts' ex-husband Lyle Lovett on his 1998 album "Step Inside This House". The song was originally written and performed by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt in 1972.
The restaurant called "The '76 House", featured in two dinner scenes, one with Jackie and Luke and one with Jackie and Isabel, is a National Historical Site in Tappan, Rockland County, New York. Major John Andre, a British officer who assisted turncoat Benedict Arnold, was held there while awaiting trial by then General George Washington. At the time, it was a tavern and inn, but located across from the town meeting hall and church where the trial was held; another National Historic Site.
Director Chris Columbus previously directed Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) starring Macaulay Culkin. Jenna Malone, who plays Anna, and Culkin would both go on to star in the indie comedy Saved (2003) with Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino.
Jenna Malone (Anna) and Liam Aiken (Ben) would go on to star in movies with actress Emily Browning. Malone-Browning in Sucker Punch and Aiken-Browning as brother and sister in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
The film was originally released by TriStar Pictures (an original theatrical trailer and releases had the TriStar logo), but for unknown reasons, the film was shifted to a Columbia Pictures release upon home video release.