YMMV / Cool as Ice


  • Author's Saving Throw: If nothing else, the dancing is pretty damn good.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During the montage where Johnny laments his troubles with Kathy, the number randomly cuts to shots of Kathy's house, complete with interior shots, an empty porch swing, etc., all filled with the same commercial-like quality as the rest of the product.
  • 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.
  • Ham and Cheese: Sydney Lassick as Roscoe, and Dody Goodman as Mae, make the most of it and wind up as two of the most likable characters.
  • 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...
    • The opening dance number, where Ice busts a dope rhyme with the tag still on his hat (this was an actual trend at the time. Needless to say, it did not age well).
    • "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.
  • Never Live It Down: David Kellogg's commercial-like direction in this film would become this for him, especially after it was used again in his only other film years later in Inspector Gadget; it quickly put a swift end to his short stint as a film director.
  • 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 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 gave it his usual treatment, and the podcast How Did This Get Made? profiled the film and interviewed Vanilla Ice about it. 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.
  • What an Idiot: Gordon is definitely the worst offender. So his daughter, Kathy, gets to appear on the news as a human interest story, but Gordon's family is in the Witness Protection Program.
    • You'd Expect: Gordon to step in, explain to Kathy why it would be dangerous, and call the whole thing off. Or at the very least, let her go, but stay out of sight himself.
    • Instead: Not only does Kathy appear, but he agrees to appear on TV and just awkwardly holds up his fingers to his face while on camera. He gets recognized by Those Two Bad Guys easily. Real smart, Gordon!
    • But Gordon is far from alone in this - see Idiot Plot.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: It being a blatant product of the nineties, this was bound to be the case. Special mention goes to practically every outfit Johnny wears.

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