YMMV: Zoolander

  • Acceptable Targets: Male models, clothing executives, and the fashion industry as a whole.
  • Broken Base: Much like Dumb And Dumber To in 2014, fans of the original movie are wondering if a sequel (released more than a decade after the original film) was even necessary to begin with. Only time will tell if said sequel lives up to the hype or disappoints.
  • Cult Classic: See Vindicated by History below.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Mugatu looks like an unholy mixture of Satan, Cruella DeVille, and a poodle. He also inexplicably dresses up as a young German boy during the brainwashing scene.
    • Katinka is only slightly better; she wears a business suit made of plastic, a very angular nurse's outfit and a lot of other weird things.
  • Fountain of Memes: Let's just say this movie, like Mean Girls and The Princess Bride, is "very quotable" and leave it at that.
    • "Blue Steel" has probably gotten more pop-culture nods than any other joke in the movie.
    • "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!"
    • "What is this, a center for ANTS!?!"
    • "Well you can dere-LICT my balls!"
    • "Cool story, Hansel!"
    • "Orange Mocha Frappecino!"
    • "You think I don't know what a eugoogoly is?"
    • "Hansel is so hot right now!"
    • "Mer-MAN!"
    • " ...But why male models?"
    • " Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
    • "The files are in the computer?!''
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Zoolander's breathless accent probably sounds strangely familiar. It is: Ben Stiller is impersonating Marilyn Monroe.
    • Derek is from New Jersey and can't turn left. Anyone who has driven in New Jersey would find this alternately funny and infuriating - they use Jughandles.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Mugatu's defense of child labor sounds patently absurd, but Newt Gingrich seriously used that as an argument.
    • Looks like someone is taking Mugatu's "Derelicte" idea seriously...
    • Derek's 'Blue Steel' look is essentially the same as the notorious duckface, which slowly took over young girls' social network profiles a few years after the film.
  • Hollywood Homely: Matilda. (Probably a deliberate joke; the DVD Menu has Derek refer to her as one of the "good-looking" ones)
  • One-Scene Wonder: David Bowie is the judge during the walk-off, and the movie even takes a moment to put his name on the screen. Befitting the trope, Bowie's one scene is awesome.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Is that Eric Northman?
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Zoolander is basically The Manchurian Candidate and/or Bret Easton Ellis' Glamorama on laughing gas. Whether this is intentional or a coincidence is unconfirmed.
  • Vindicated by History: The film disappointed in theaters, having the misfortune to come out a few weekends after 9/11. Over the years, however, it became a hit on home video, and in 2015 a sequel was announced after 14 long years.
  • The Woobie: Derek.