Do Zoolander and its sequel constitute as sci-fi?

There are certainly strong elements of sci-fi, including:

  • Zoolander using a psychic power to stopping a throwing star from killing the Prime Minister of Micronesia
  • Having Zoolander, Derek Jr, Hansel who is so hot right now and Sting using psychic powers to catch a bomb

  • A swimsuit model with the ability to swim underwater for thousands of miles

  • Large scale government and high fashion conspiracies
  • Ghosts from beyond communicating with the living

As such, does Zoolander constitute sci-fi?

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    Not sure what you're talking about. Zoolander is clearly a documentary.
    – Kai Qing
    Feb 8, 2016 at 22:55
  • Actually Malaysia, of course. (Though that was one of the jokes in the first movie.) Feb 17, 2016 at 19:29

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I don't really think that Zoolander fits into the genre descriptions for Scifi.

It certainly contains elements that are scifi-ish but only as part of a wider fantasy universe in which male models apparently have superpowers such as "hotness" and the ability to freeze objects in mid-air when they pose.

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As is usual with these edge-cases, questions about the fantastical bits of the film are broadly on topic. More general questions about the film should be taken elsewhere, perhaps to Movies:SE

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    +1 Similarly, when comedy/spoof movie Top Secret! features an underwater fight in a Western-like bar, this isn't fantasy, even though submerged cowboy bars do not exist. Comedy movies often feature illogical/silly scenes for the sake of silliness; this isn't scifi or fantasy.
    – Andres F.
    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:30
  • I think if it has to fit into a genre other than fiction or comedy Speculative Fiction might do the job. Feb 11, 2016 at 14:48
  • @CearonO'Flynn What is Speculative Fiction? I thought it was a polite term for science fiction, much like "graphic novel" was for comics.
    – Andres F.
    Feb 12, 2016 at 19:28
  • @AndresF. - Speculative fiction also covers things like alternative-worlds and "what-if" stories that have no discernible science content.
    – Valorum
    Feb 12, 2016 at 19:51
  • @AndresF. What Richard said, also covers horror and fantasy.. HP lovecraft and Robert Howard could fit into it too Feb 12, 2016 at 19:55

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