YMMV: Dreamgirls

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Curtis ever really care about either Effie or Deena, or did he just use them the way he used everyone else? 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?
  • Award Snub: Most people felt Eddie Murphy should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Jimmy, and additionally blame the release of 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: An In-Universe 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Originally Effie White, now it's Jimmy Early.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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. Well Effie, the thing with that is...
    • Similarly, whenever The Dreamettes/The Dreams/Deena Jones and the Dreams sing "Family", a member of the so-called family is shortly pushed out or otherwise shafted in some way.
  • He Really Can Act: See Award Snub.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the movie, (and also in Destinys Child) Beyonce plays the Spotlight-Stealing Squad. However after the movie came out Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy took it over.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Despite the title of the film and the song, they are called the Dreamettes, the Dreams, and then Deena Jones and the Dreams.
  • Memetic Mutation: For a time, "And I'm Telling You Im Not Going" was better remembered for a scene from "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air," in which Will does a hysterically over-the-top lip-sync of the song to Uncle Phil. Jennifer Hudson would later reveal that this is where she first heard the song.
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: 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 Laser-Guided Karma.
    • 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.
  • Narm: The scene with the reprised version of "Cadillac Car" has been known to made several audiences laugh rather than share the sense of annoyance/outrage that Curtis and company felt.
  • The Woobie: Effie and Deena.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Effie, not a jerkass 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.