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?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Some viewers have noticed how quickly Lorrell gets past Jimmy's death, with her only being sad about it in one scene and then getting back to business as usual. Given the fact that it came out of nowhere, mostly forgotten by everyone other than Effie, C.C. and Marty and that it's a Death by Adaptation makes one even wonder why he was killed off in the first place.
  • Award Snub: The movie earned eight Oscar nominations, more than any other movie of its year, yet got denied a Best Picture nomination. Eddie Murphy fans were rather vocal about his being denied the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Jimmy, which the man himself blamed one the release of Norbit during award season.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: An In-Universe example. In 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.
  • 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: And sing! It's safe to say that Eddie Murphy's come a long way since "Party All The Time." See Award Snub.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the movie, (and also in Beyoncé plays the Spotlight-Stealing Squad. However after the movie came out Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy took it over.
    • And Deena has been Beyoncé's dream role for years. She even brought her own outfit and wig to the audition.
  • 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.
  • LGBT Fanbase: "And I am Telling You" has been a Drag Queen anthem for decades.
  • 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.
  • 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. Arguably, it can be read as Black Comedy, that this rip-roaring R&B song got more popular as a terrible teen pop ballad that sucked all of the coolness out.
  • The Woobie: Effie and Deena.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Effie, while a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, can count. 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.