* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Did Curtis ever really care about either Effie or Deena, or did he just use them the way he used everyone else? [[spoiler:If he had known that Effie was pregnant with his child, would he have still kicked her to the curb, or would he have tried to work out a situation that would work for all of them?]]
* AwardSnub: Most people felt Eddie Murphy should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Jimmy, and additionally blame the release of ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' during award season for making him lose it.
** The movie earned eight Oscar nominations, more than any other movie of its year, yet got denied a Best Picture nomination.
* DudeNotFunny: An InUniverse example. I'm the film, when Jimmy drops his pants on national television, he expects others to find it funny. The others then criticize him for making a fool out of himself instead.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Originally [[ItWasHisSled Effie White]], now it's Jimmy Early.
* HarsherInHindsight: The entirety of "Love You I Do." The whole song is about how Effie trusts Curtis completely to do right by her and how they'll go far in the world together. [[MoralEventHorizon Well Effie, the thing with that is...]]
* HeReallyCanAct: See AwardSnub
* HilariousInHindsight: In the movie, (and also in Music/DestinysChild) Beyonce plays the SpotlightStealingSquad. However after the movie came out Jennifer Hudson and EddieMurphy took it over.
* IAmNotShazam: Despite the title of the film and the song, they are called the Dreamettes, the Dreams, and then Deena Jones and the Dreams.
* MemeticMutation: For a time, "And I'm Telling You Im Not Going" was better remembered for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj_L2ZKVaEw a scene from]] "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air," in which Will does a [[ChewingTheScenery hysterically over-the-top]] lip-sync of the song to Uncle Phil. Jennifer Hudson would later reveal that [[HilariousInHindsight this is where she first heard the song]].
* MisaimedFandom: A few fans see Lorrell as "the only Dream without flaws" because of how Deena was a pushover and Effie was a bitch, but they forget that Lorrell was a mistress to Jimmy, and was willing to stay in a relationship with a married man for a few years.
* MoralEventHorizon: Curtis near the end when he steals C.C. and Effie's song ''One Night Only'' for his own. Luckily its also the start of his LaserGuidedKarma.
** In-universe, the last straw for Deena was when Curtis pulled the plug on the gritty film project she wanted to undertake, forcing her into his Cleopatra movie that she was never interested in.
*** Which was an expy of Magnolia, that Diana Ross starred in.
* TheWoobie: Effie and Deena.
** JerkassWoobie: Effie, not a {{jerkass}} [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold per se]] still counts. Although she was selfish, rude, and self-absorbed at first, she loses her spot and her boyfriend, who she really wanted to stay with while she was pregnant with his baby. It's not that hard to feel sorry for her. Plus, seeing him getting married to Deena must have hurt her a lot.