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* AllStarCast: Creator/EddieMurphy, Creator/RosarioDawson, Jay Mohr, Randy Quaid, Creator/PeterBoyle, and Luis Guzmán with cameos by Creator/PamGrier, Creator/JoePantoliano, Burt Young, Creator/JohnCleese, Illeana Douglas, and Creator/AlecBaldwin.
* BoxOfficeBomb: The film was made for $120 million between production and marketing, which is roughly what a studio in 2002 would invest in a film they expected to be big. But this movie sold only [[EpicFail $7.1 million worth of tickets ]] ''[[EpicFail worldwide]]''. To be precise, they lost $112,896,027 on this film (not counting the fee taken by theatres from ticket sales), which amounts to a 94.08% loss. Adjusted for inflation, its net loss is the fifth largest in film history. As far as box office bombs go, this one is nuclear. Kaboom.
** It sold somewhat better on DVD, but not nearly enough to cover the costs. To date, it has grossed $24,983,000 in DVD sales. [[ThePollyanna Only $88 million to go before you break even, guys!]]
* CreatorKiller: After directing successful and Oscar-winning films (''Film/{{Tremors}}'' and ''Film/CitySlickers''), ''Pluto Nash'' blotched Ron Underwood's feature directing career. Underwood has since stuck to directing TV.
* DevelopmentHell[=/=]TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: Both its production and release were delayed by long stretches of time. Even after it was made, in 2000, it was only released in 2002.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/EddieMurphy refused to promote the film at its time of release and admitted that the money was the only reason he took the role.
* NotScreenedForCritics: ''This'' film may well have been the genesis of the current trend towards shutting out advance review of particularly heinous filmmaking.
* OldShame: To everyone involved, especially Creator/EddieMurphy and Creator/AlecBaldwin, the latter of whom refused credit for his role.
* StarDerailingRole: This movie killed the momentum Eddie Murphy had gotten back after ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor''.
* TroubledProduction:
** The screenplay was originally written in 1985 and it passed between various producers, directors, and actors over the next fifteen years, with some twelve uncredited rewrites by different writers.
** Principal photography was hampered by constant bickering between Eddie Murphy, director Ron Underwood, and the producers, with Murphy often [[WagTheDirector overruling Underwood]] and making [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants on-the-fly rewrites]], causing the film to go behind schedule and over budget.
** The workprint version of the film ran nearly three hours, and editor Alan Heim (who had won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Film Editing for ''Film/AllThatJazz'' and been nominated for another for ''Film/{{Network}}'') was brought in to try and fix the film. After viewing the available footage, he determined that much of the film needed to be reshot and whole new scenes added, including an opening and closing sequence and introductory sequences for both Pluto and Dina. Eddie Murphy ultimately financed many of the reshoots while the film languished in post-production, writing and directing many of the new scenes himself.
** Eventually, Village Roadshow, which was in a multi-picture financing deal with Warner Bros., stepped in to cover the costs of the increasingly costly reshoots and editing, but called for the production to move to Canada to earn a local tax credit, as Roadshow was then busy with the production of ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. All the while, Underwood and original editor Paul Hirsch (of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame) were denied any input in the film's final cut.
** Murphy ended up losing interest in ''Nash'' and left to work on other projects. Since production had technically ended months prior, WB had no legal precedent to make him finish the film, which at this point had come to cost $100 million (not including promotional costs). Heim took over post-production and did his best to turn the roughly five hours' worth of disparate footage into a coherent film. This resulted in a movie where characters are introduced [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse only to disappear suddenly without explanation]], with lengthy {{Exposition Dump}}s to fill in important plot points.
** The film was finally released two years after principal photography had officially wrapped, whereupon it bombed at the box office and sent both Underwood's and Murphy's careers into a downward spiral. Like Murphy, Heim later admitted he only stuck with the film for the sizable paycheck.
* UncreditedRole: Creator/AlecBaldwin has an unbilled cameo as gangster Mike Marucci.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Although this movie is set in the future, it acts as if UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton became President of the United States (she lost the Democratic Party nomination to UsefulNotes/BarackObama in 2008 and the general election to UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump in 2016[[note]]Had the joke involved [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton her husband's]] face on the bills, it would have averted this, since by the time this movie finally came out, he had finished his term.[[/note]]) and presents AOL as a serious company (as of 2018, AOL is still around, but very few Americans still use AOL's ''very'' dated dial-up service to connect to the Internet).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JenniferLopez and Creator/HalleBerry were the first and second choices respectively for the role of Dina, but both passed on the part. Berry declined because the filming schedule clashed with her wedding.
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