YMMV / Ruthless People

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Barbara beating the shit out of Sam and then kicking him off the pier and into the ocean.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The slow police "chase" of Ken is remarkably similar to O.J. Simpson's white Bronco incident 8 years later.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I've been kidnapped by Kmart!"
  • Parody: "Weird Al" Yankovic did a parody of the title song called "Toothless People", expecting the film to be a smash hit. It was, but the title song itself wasn't.
  • Playing Against Type: The directorial variant - this was the first non-Airplane! style comedy by Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker film, a more traditional comedy.
  • Typecasting: You couldn't get two more vanilla actors in Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater to play the milquetoast kidnappers.