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  • Billing Displacement: In the end credits, Naomi Campbell is listed before Vanilla Ice.
  • Box Office Bomb: Made $1.1 million at the box office. Budget: $6 million.
  • Creator Backlash: David Kellogg completely disowned the movie. He then went on to direct his only other film, Inspector Gadget, which had the same exact tone and cinematic attention deficit disorder style- at the least, that movie was just a bit better recieved.
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  • Dawson Casting: Kathy and Nick are meant to be high schoolers, but actors Kristen Minter and John Newton are obviously in their late twenties.
  • He Also Did: You wouldn't be blamed for believing the careers of everyone involved lacked anything notable after this movie. Writer David Stenn subsequently worked on The L Word and Boardwalk Empire. Producer Lionel Wigram later received producer credit on some actually successful movies.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Ice admits that he mainly took the role because he was offered over a million dollars to star in it.
  • Old Shame: For almost everyone involved. Although Ice did make an appearance on How Did This Get Made? in 2012, and seemed amused by so many people even remembering his movie.
  • Star-Derailing Role:
    • Ice's first big attempt to promote himself in film ultimately ensured that he would be sticking with rap for the better part of his career, save for a notoriously So Bad, It's Good cameo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
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    • It also badly hurt newcomer Kristin Minter's hopes of breaking through as an A-list actress.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: It just screams early 90s.
  • Wag the Director: It was Ice's star vehicle, so they let him do some of this from the script's inception. This lead to a few improvs he did getting kept in (according to Ice, the famous "drop that zero" line was his idea, as well as "lookie lookie lookie in Kat's black bookie"), but even more than that, Ice wanted lots of motorbikes.
  • What Could Have Been: The role of Kathy was originally offered to Gwyneth Paltrow, whose father Bruce forbade her to accept it, because of the sexuality in the screenplay. Judging from how hard the film bombed and Paltrow's later success, she probably owes her father a huge favor.

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