Funny / Rat Race

  • The Disaster Dominoes scene which lead to a Nazi car crashing into a WWII veteran convention, complete with a "Hitler".
    • A brief summary: Jon Lovitz's character has stolen Hitler's car, burned his middle finger and his tongue on the cigarette lighter, and hit his upper lip on a lipstick smear on the steering wheel, resulting in him appearing to have a Hitler mustache, speaking in German-sounding gibberish, and flipping off the crowd of World War II veterans in a poor attempt at demonstrating what happened. The best part of all this? The character (and the actor, too) is Jewish.
  • Never forget the Squirrel Lady.
    • YOU
    • SHOULD
    • HAVE
    • BOUGHT
    • A
    • Cue skeleton with bag of nuts.
  • "And your hat!" "Why my hat?" "For her... her... VAGINA!" It's hard to choose the funnier face: Cuba saying that last word or the bus driver's reaction.
  • The helicopter scene. Where do we even start? After Nick convinces chopper pilot Tracy to take him to Silver City, she takes a detour north to say hi to her boyfriend Sean (cue disappointment on Nick's face). As they approach the house, she catches him having a Two-Person Pool Party with his supposed ex-girlfriend Charlaine. Her response? She nose-dives the chopper towards them, causing Sean and Charlaine to knock over the above-ground pool which floods the back yard. Then she flies back to the front of the house and starts trashing his truck by throwing random things at it. Sean gets in and tries to drive away, but she chases him across the desert with a terrified Nick in tow. She then whips up a sandstorm and causes Sean to crash, and when the chopper runs out of gas, she gets out and talks Nick into coming with her as she steals the truck (technically hers since she paid for it). Then Sean suddenly latches onto the side and threatens Nick, but Tracy finds Charlaine's bra on the seat and shoves it in his mouth before knocking him off. She then just smiles at Nick, who is both afraid and turned on at the same time.
    • Their Meet Cute moment had Tracy joke about Charles Lindbergh's biography containing a passage where he'd undergone a sex change, Nick asking if there are a lot of female pilots with her responding "At least one!" and Nick wandering off because he couldn't think of anything else. After Blaine and Duane's sabotage, he comes back.
      Nick: What I should have said was "Two if you count Lindbergh".
  • "We're not crazy lady!" "We should have bought a squirrel, we didn't buy a squirrel". "Which is why we stole the rocket-car."
  • Duane and Blaine sabotaging an entire airport to the tune of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (which is, media wise, the most overused composition in comedy history). When Duane ends up driving up the tower with Blaine screaming as he climbs up, it's just hilarious. The musical timing is great, too.
    Duane: Well, that can't be good. (just as the airport navigation system starts up)
  • The Cody brothers decide to double their chances of winning and Duane ends up clutching onto a hot air balloon. He is shown colliding with cows and fighting with the hardware store guy, while Blaine ends up crashing a rental car into a lake. The classical music just clinches it.
    (while clutching the rope of a hot air balloon entangled with a cow)
    Duane: Give me my key!
    Hardware Store Guy: (pretending to be oblivious while hanging onto the rope) What're you talking about?!
    Duane: Give me back my key!
    (they start fighting)
  • Duane and Blaine realize that they have just crashed into a monster truck rally, and are on the line of cars about to be crushed. Cue them panicking and struggling to leave the car - in slow-motion, with only the revved up truck engine as sound. Everybody else thinks it was part of the stunt.
    • Even better: the car they're in is a convertible, yet they still struggle with the door.
  • Nick Schaeffer tricking the organizer of the race into donating a good chunk of money to charity at the end of the film.
  • One of the best brick jokes ever. Enrico is a narcoleptic and, once the race starts, falls asleep before he even gets out of the casino. The movie then ambles along long enough to almost forget about the character completely. After about 45 minutes of hijinks, the film finally cuts back to Enrico still asleep in the hotel lobby. And he's STILL the first to arrive to the money...and falls asleep AGAIN! It's probably good for the movie, since Enrico is played by Rowan Atkinson and might have overshadowed some of the other names of the cast.
  • "I make a joke, to help you forget how screwed you are." Atkinson's Italian accent putting such emphasis on the word "screwed" makes it much funnier than it would otherwise be.
  • Sinclair's efforts to get the race started.
    Merrill: So, when you say "go", you mean, just go?
    Donald Sinclair: Uh, begin, commence, start moving... theoretically you have been racing for about forty seconds now, and so far Mr. Schaffer is winning because he's nearest to the door.
    • And then Enrico leans forward to look.
    • No one moves after this, so Sinclair rolls his eyes, pulls a gun, and starts firing at the ceiling.
  • Rowan Atkinson's character, who is tres-Manuel, in nearly every scene.
    Pollini: Is a race! Is a race!
    (heads down stairs, no one else moves)
    Pollini: ...I am winning! I am winning!
    • Later, after being hit with an organ-delivery truck and catching a ride with the driver, he's sitting in the front seat singing Aretha Franklin. The driver's reaction is priceless, because not only is Pollini singing off-key and out-of-synch, but he's singing "Respect" while the radio's playing "Chain of Fools."
  • The scene on the I Love Lucy convention-going bus. The bus veers off course, the soap in the bathroom starts filling up the bus, but Owen refuses to stop, and it plays out like an episode of I Love Lucy. Minus the tons of other Lucys, of course.
    • Related:
      Lucy: How about a pit-stop?
      Owen: Sorry, this is a one way flight. There's a bathroom in the back.
      Lucy: The latch is broken. Anyone could just come in.
      Owen: So? You ain't got nothin' these other Lucys haven't seen before!
      Lucy: ...Not necessarily.
      Owen: (disgusted) GAH!
      Lucy: (annoyed) Please, would you stop screaming?!
      Owen: Damn!
    • Said Lucy has a hilarious "Ooh, I'm enjoying this" face when Owen starts taking off the bus driver clothes.
  • "Look! A dreefter! Let's kill him."
  • The look on Randy's face when he realizes that he, a Jew, is in a museum dedicated to a Nazi. It was almost cartoony...
  • Straight-arrow Nick is panicked over what shows up on his hotel bill:
    Clerk: 2:00 "Afro Whores", 3:30 "Afro Whores", 5:00 "Afro Whores"... It says in the morning you watched "The Grinch" for ten minutes, then switched back over to "Afro Whores".
    Nick: I swear I didn't watch it. Okay? I was at a bachelor party, there were 35 people there, you can ask any of them! You have to take that off my record!
    Clerk: This is not a record, sir.
    Nick: It...It's a delete!
    Clerk: Okay, fine. How many times did you watch it?
    Nick: None! I didn't watch it!
    Clerk: Are you sure? "Sizzling, three-way, backdoor action featuring two sexy soul sisters—"
    Nick: I don't need to know what it's about! I did not watch it!
    (clerk looks at him skeptically)
    Nick: I didn't!
    (the black family behind him in line just stare at him awkwardly)
  • Randy calling Hitler's car "The Hitlermobile" is pretty funny and fairly catchy too.
    • He later admonishes the biker gang for trashing Hitler's car.
    • And Kimberly finds a set of glasses under the seat and puts them on, saying "look, I'm Mrs Hitler".