YMMV / Cool as Ice


  • Author's Saving Throw: If nothing else, the dancing is pretty damn good.
  • Designated Hero: Johnny, so very much. He's able to quickly win over the female lead and easily convince his friends to assist in a potentially dangerous rescue, despite virtually no likable qualities. Just for starters, he introduces himself to Kathy by spooking her horse with his bike. She gets thrown off painfully, and could potentially have ended up with a crippling injury. Johnny does not even apologize.
  • Fight Scene Failure: The scene where the crooks capture Kathy's brother. And just wait till Johnny and his crew catch up to the crooks at the climax.
  • Funny Moments: Kathy's little brother Tommy is actually kinda funny, and definitely the funniest character in the movie. Especially when he catches Johnny and Kathy about to do something very illicit.
  • Idiot Plot: 90% of the film's problems would be solved if Vanilla Ice and the people he talks to talked plainly to each other. Most of the misunderstandings happen because nobody tells anyone anything. For example, if Kathy just told Ice that her father doesn't want him around because he thinks he's trying to kill her. Or if Ice just told her father that he'd rescued her. Or if Kathy's father called the police before his son was kidnapped when he already knew his entire family was in danger.
  • Narm: In abundance; this flick is up there with Showgirls for narm-y goodness. But to name a few moments...
    • "Where you going?" "Across the street to, uh, schling a schlong."
    • "Drop that zero & get with the hero." What's funny is that sounds more like something a villainous Jerk Jock would say rather than the main character.
    • During his performance at the local club: "I'm gonna drop some funky lyrics."
    • Better still, just look at the crowd. Where the hell are they, Nerdsville?
    • The scene where he somehow jumps the fence on a motorcycle without any sort of ramp.
    • The "climactic" fight scene, complete with random sound effects and whiplash editing that turn Those Two Bad Guys into Anticlimax Bosses.
    • The "date" at the construction site where they do little more than dance through a housing structure.
    • The kidnapping scene.
    • One of the crooks (the balding one) is so immature and dorky, you have to wonder how he got on America's Most Wanted to begin with.
    • "Lookie, lookie, lookie, in Kat's black bookie." Our Badass Biker, everybody.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The cinematographer for this film? None other than Academy Award winner Janusz Kaminski.
    • The director of this film? David Kellogg, who's only other film credit is the notoriously awful Inspector Gadget. Especially notable as the film's choppy editing and use of cartoonish sound effects are also present in this project, which he would later disown. He even cast the chubby antagonist in this film as one of the escaped prisoners in Inspector Gadget.
  • Snark Bait: The dated qualities of the film and the briefly high profile of its star led to it becoming a popular target for this trope. In particular, The Nostalgia Critic and the podcast How Did This Get Made? profiled the film. RiffTrax later released a VOD with riffing commentary.
  • So Bad, It's Good: This is definitely one for 'Bad Movie Night'.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Literally Kathy & Johnny's entire romance. She goes from righteously pissed off at him - after he causes her to fall off a horse, mind you - to chuckling at his patented witticisms in the next scene, and she remains transfixed by him through thick and thin.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: One of the odder aspects of this movie. There is almost no humor in it at all (aside from what's unintentional humor). Everyone was taking the Vanilla Ice movie way too seriously.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: It just screams early 90s.
  • What an Idiot: Gordon is definitely the worst offender, agreeing to appear on TV given his situation. But he's far from alone - see Idiot Plot.

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