- Ear Worm: One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite songs from the movie is "Hot Fudge Love".
- Love It or Hate It: Despite the cult following in recent years, the film was still hated during release and nominated for a number of Razzies.
- Memetic Mutation: In fact, it even became the go-to example of a terrible movie. Like Roger Ebert said about Battlefield Earth, it was (deservedly or not) "the punchline of jokes about bad movies" for years afterwards. One Far Side cartoon depicted "Hell's video store" stocked only with copies of Ishtar, because of its reputation. (Once Gary Larson actually watched it, he apologised.)
- Vindicated by History: Once referred to solely in association with box office flops. Now a Cult Classic that was recently the subject of a documentary.