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Acceptable Targets: Male models, clothing executives, and the fashion industry as a whole.
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.
Fountain of Memes: Let's just say this movie, like and Mean Girls , is "very quotable" and leave it at that.
The Princess Bride "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!"
" ...But why male models?"
" Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
"The files are in the computer?!''
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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jughandle
Hilarious in Hindsight:
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' on laughing gas. Whether this is intentional or a coincidence is unconfirmed.
Glamorama Unfortunate Implications: In the scene where Derek and Hansel reenact 2001, Derek is still largely in blackface.
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.
The Woobie: Derek.