* 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?]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Some viewers have noticed how quickly [[spoiler: 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 DeathByAdaptation makes one even wonder why he was killed off in the first place.]]
* AwardSnub: The movie earned eight Oscar nominations, more than any other movie of its year, yet got denied a Best Picture nomination. Creator/EddieMurphy 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 ''Film/{{Norbit}}'' during award season.
* DudeNotFunny: An InUniverse 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.
* 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. [[AmbitionIsEvil 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.
* HeReallyCanAct: ''And'' sing! It's safe to say that Creator/EddieMurphy's come a long way since "Party All The Time." See AwardSnub.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the movie, (and also in Music/{{Beyonce}} plays the SpotlightStealingSquad. However after the movie came out Jennifer Hudson and Creator/EddieMurphy took it over.
** And Deena has been Beyoncé's dream role for ''years''. She even brought her own outfit and wig to the audition.
* IAmNotShazam: Despite the title of the film and the song, they are called the Dreamettes, the Dreams, and then Deena Jones and the Dreams.
* LGBTFanbase: "And I am Telling You" has been a DragQueen anthem for decades.
* 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]] ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir,'' 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.
* {{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 BlackComedy, that this rip-roaring [=R&B=] song got more popular as a terrible teen pop ballad that sucked all of the coolness out.
* TheWoobie: Effie and Deena.
** JerkassWoobie: Effie, while a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, 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.