YMMV: Rat Race

  • Awesome Music: The way the soundtrack uses classical music for some of the funniest scenes just makes them even funnier.
    • "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" - played while Duane and Blaine Cody sabotage an entire airport.
    • "Ride Of The Valkyries" - a remix is played with Tracy Faucet chasing a truck down a highway in a helicopter.
    • "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" - played while the Cody brothers pursue the hardware store guy in a hot air balloon.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Pollini being mistaken for a pedophile because his hand is in a baby's clothes looking for something? Uncomfortable. Him exclaiming that he's looking for (and found) the key? Hilarious.
    • Randy digging himself deeper after he mistakenly drives the stolen Hitlermobile into a ceremony for WWII veterans while looking like Hitler, didn't help that he had burned his tongue, to which while trying to explain himself he was mumbling incoherently which came out sounding suspiciously German.
  • Designated Villain: The movie suggests (and one of the deleted scenes outright states) that Donald Sinclair and the other millionaires are horrible people for putting the contestants through so much just for their own amusement. But none of the contestants were forced into it, and they were given full information about the rules and stakes of the contest, so any suffering they go through is the result of their own decision to pursue the money no matter what. Given that, it's hard to see what makes Sinclair worse than anyone else who sponsors a sporting event. Or why it's fair that Sinclair and all the millionaires have much of their money effectively stolen at the end of the film.
    • There's little doubt that Sinclair and his pals all enjoy manipulating people for kicks, and that's probably what we're supposed to disagree with...
      • Yeah, because we're supposed to view a guy that gave them a better chance at $2 million dollars than they would ever get anywhere in Vegas as a horrible horrible person. That makes sense.
      • And it really doesn't help that the money is actually there, just as Sinclair said it would be.
      • The problem with Sinclair and all the other millionaires is that they essentially play on people's desperation and lack of the same good fortune for their own amusement, as well as essentially just viewing real people as nothing more than horses or dogs in a race. They may play by their own rules, but the lack of regard they have for these people's real lives border on psychopathic. He's not doing this to better their lives, and as seen in the ending and his reaction to the charity event, nor does he really care about them. He's reducing them to animals simply because he finds it fun, and a measly $2 million means nothing to him in the grand scheme of things. It's similar to forcing a homeless man to do tricks for 10 bucks.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The cab driver who left Owen Templeton stranded in the desert "to die" over the coin toss, what makes it worse is that he probably figured he was being merciful.
    • The entire heart subplot. In which we see it get covered with dirt, squashed, and chewed on. It was played for laughs, but the dying person desperately waiting for that heart would be saying "What the hell Audience!?" for laughing. The entire scene was incredibly cringe worthy.
  • Genius Bonus: The prize of $2 million is approximately what the $350,000 from It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World would've been worth in 2001.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: the subplot with a medical courier delivering a heart, which is momentarily revived with electricity. Guess what Amy Smart would later star in?
  • Too Dumb to Live: The skeleton that slides out of one of the cars in the Squirrel Lady's graveyard of cars. Possibly. Barring death or some crippling injury brought on by the crash, the occupant never bothered to get out of the car and try to get back to civilization?