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YMMV / Demolition Man

For the movie:

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The naked woman who pops up on John Spartan's video screen in his apartment. He's just as confused, too. The novelization indicates the purpose of the scene is to demonstrate to him that video-calling is the norm in the future.
    • At least the surface dwellers of San Angeles aren't entirely squeaky clean.
  • Complete Monster: Simon Phoenix hails from a dystopian era of Los Angeles when the city was being overrun with violent criminals in the late 20th century, where he indulged in theft, kidnapping, rape, arson, and murder to his heart's content. He starts the movie by holding 30 people hostage and demanding a ransom, when in fact he already killed them all for his perverse amusement before the cops even arrived. He manipulates the Cowboy Cop John Spartan into making a misjudgment that makes him seem responsible for their deaths in the raid on Simon's compound, sending them both to a cryo-prison for decades. He's woken up in 2032, when the rebuilt megacity of San Angeles has been turned into a crimeless nanny state after a great calamity. Simon indulges in his freedom to be a maniac and spread chaos again, casually murdering almost everyone who gets in his way by beating people to death, gouging out someone's eye to bypass a retinal scan, hacking into a computer to impale someone to a wall, or simply shooting them. He was unfrozen by the new society's benevolent dictator Dr. Raymond Cocteau to assassinate Edgar Friendly, the major rebel leader trying to undo the oppressive system. Simon sets out on this task with murderous glee, killing many innocent bystanders in the process. He teams up with his old gang after they're unfrozen and eventually murders Cocteau to start a new lawless dystopia where he and his minions can commit crimes all day. He starts by unfreezing every criminal locked up in the cryo-prison, including murderers, rapists, and serial killers, and gunning down all the technicians because he no longer has any use for them. Phoenix is one of the poster boys for the malicious type of Chaotic Evil villain, inherently hating rules simply because they hold him back from being a murderous psycho.
  • Cult Classic: At the time of it's release the film wasn't a box office hit and got mixed reviews. But with the advent of the internet and the progress of filmmaking, these days it comes across as an Affectionate Parody of 80s and 90s action films. There's a good amount of Lampshade Hanging, a mix of Deconstruction and Reconstruction about John Spartan's Cowboy Cop image, and some of the satire about unhealthy things being illegal is reminiscent of communities today taking the same measures.
  • Evil Is Cool: What do you expect from Wesley Snipes as the Big Bad Simon Phoenix.
  • Foe Yay: Phoenix to Spartan in 1996. When they both got arrested he implied he planned on raping him in prison.
    Simon Phoenix: We're gonna spend a lot of quality time together. See you sweetie, honey SUGAR!!!!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Looking through the Cryo-Prison inmate list, Phoenix exclaims "Jeffrey Dahmer? I love that guy!" In 1994, Dahmer was bludgeoned to death in prison; the line was subsequently cut from a number of broadcasts.
    • The name "Scott Peterson" comes up during Huxley's access of the parole hearings. Presumably, this is not the man who kidnapped and murdered his pregnant wife in 2003.
    • Spartan crashes the 1970 442 through the floor of an Oldsmobile dealership in 2032, Oldsmobile was discontinued by GM in 2004.
  • Ham and Cheese: Wesley Snipes gleefully chewing the scenery as Simon Phoenix.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger is briefly mentioned as a former President, with Huxley explaining that his popularity forced an amendment to the Constitution to allow him to run. Now, Schwarzenegger is a former governor of California, and there is a serious and fairly popular movement to amend the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to become president. Additionally, Stallone, along with Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Demi Moore backed the opening of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
    • When Spartan steals the Oldmobile 442, the elevator crashes up into an Oldsmobile Dealership.
    • Spartan is horrified when he learns that they've banned table salt. Guess what New York state is trying to ban?
    • Gamers may find it difficult to hear the name John Spartan, Prisoner 117 without thinking of John-117 the SPARTAN-II Super Soldier of Halo.
    • The plot: the most powerful man in a modern city hires the most Ax-Crazy/psychotic criminal around to take down their most powerful enemy, only for them to turn against him, killing him and disposing of his body in a fire. The criminal then calls upon all other criminals to wreak utter havoc upon the city. It's like the plot of The Dark Knight, with Cocteau as the Gotham Mafia, Simon Phoenix as The Joker, and the Scraps as Batman.
    • Stallone played a maverick cop set in a highly restrictive world with many many laws. A place Judge Dredd might feel right at home in, who Stallone would play two years later. Further to this, Spartan's car uses a substance very similar to riot foam as a safety device.
    • Verbal Morality Statute ends up at least affecting one town in Massachusetts fining those cursing in public.
    • Taco Bell may not be the only restaurant to exist yet, but they experiment on entering the upscale market opening up casual restaurants. The logo even changed after the movie came out.
    • In 2015, the supposed year of the Francise Wars, Taco Bell's parent company reported a generous upturn in earnings, while McDonalds and Burger King started to go into a slight decline. Meanwhile, talks of home delivery might put them in competition with Pizza Hut and Dominos. It begins.
    • The film became easily relatable by modern time due to uncanny comparison between San Angeles and Tumblr social justice blogs.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Edgar Friendly speech, regarded by most as the best part of the movie.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The year 2032 before Phoenix shows up that is.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
  • Protagonist Title Fallacy: Inverted, as "Demolition Man" is indeed the protagonist's Red Baron, but many viewers believe Phoenix is the Demolition Man, going so far as to call any blond-haired black guy a "Demolition Man" in Homage.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Free will and freedom of choice are necessary for society, and there's a fine line between order and chaos.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • When the future cop car was jumping through the * S A P D * sign, the letters and symbols were each engraved on a separate plate of glass. Just before the car hits it, all but one of the plates are pre-broken; the unbroken one has a broken one on the other side of it, making it obvious it wasn't the car that did it.
    • While it's more Makeup Failure, but keep an eye on Phoenix's Heterochromia. Several times in the film his blue and brown eye noticeably switch sides between shots.
    • When Simon's hideout is blown up at the beginning, you can clearly hear people in the background cheering at this extraordinary demolition. note 
  • What an Idiot: The fact that they have loaded weapons in the museum, or Cocteau unaware that Phoenix could order someone else to kill him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Some have described Demolition Man as being one of the most libertarian movies ever made. One of the film's villains is a scientist who has basically created the ultimate nanny-state, where everything deemed bad for you has been outlawed. And Edgar Friendly and his followers, who are initially portrayed as terrorists, turn out to be sympathetic freedom fighters who want to make their own decisions without the overbearing government's influence.

For the pinball:

  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Some players will always select the "Freeze" award on the Cryo-Claw — it provides progress towards multiballs.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The promotional video for the pinball, which attempts to duplicate the atmosphere and special effects of the movie on a shoestring budget, while hyping up the game's gun grip controllers, all intermixed with actual film clips. It fails spectacularly, but has an innocent appeal, like watching an eight-year-old attempt to duplicate a Michael Bay film in his backyard.