The film was a critical and commercial failure. After its world premiere in September 1993 at the Toronto Film Festival, the film was set to open, but due to the incredibly negative response, the film was delayed for more editing. The United Stateswide release was May 20, 1994. It was given two Razzie Award nominations: Worst Actress (Uma Thurman) and Worst Supporting Actress (Sean Young).
The film's credits refer to Gus Van Sant as Gus Van Sant, Jr.