* CultClassic: Many movie car and chase film enthusiasts have this one on their top lists.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The scenes with the snake catcher and faith healer, and the (UK-release-only) hitchhiker scene, are very easily read as symbolic.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Flopped in the US in its original release, then became a big hit in Europe, which prompted Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox to give it an American re-release.
* MemeticMutation[=/=]TheRedStapler: {{Vanity license plate}}s reading "OA-5599" (the plate number on Kowalski's Challenger) have become quite a popular item among car enthusiasts. White Challengers weren't available for purchase by the time of the film, either, but this color got a pretty hefty demand as a result.
* {{Narm}}: The flashback with Kowalski and the surfer girl.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The Challenger turns into a 1967 Chevy Camaro at the end. Chrysler required the cars be returned after filming, thus the Camaro.
* TheWoobie: The flashbacks show that Kowalski's had kind of a rotten life (and the remake adds a "ReturningWarVet" detail as well, especially because it was done pretty shortly after the First Gulf War). Crosses into JerkassWoobie depending on how you feel about him.
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