You Don't Mess With The Zohan

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You Don't Mess With The Zohan - emer breen

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Viewer Rating:emer breen has rated You Don't Mess With The Zohan rating: 4 Star

This film is hilarious, mainly because it's so ridiculous and over-the-top! It's funny because it's so completely insane that you have no choice but to laugh. There is no smart, meaningful, affecting storyline in it to drive any sort of a plot. It's just out of control, sometimes very risky, almost certainly offensive comedy driven by Israel's most famous super-sleuth -spy - Zohan. Sandler is perfect for the main character. Incidentally, he can also be credited with both screenwriting and producing the movie. Sandler plays Zohan, an Israeli agent working in a hushed up intelligence service who specialises in thwarting Palestinian terror plots. He is loved by everyone, but most important, by females! He is not a character to be messed with by any means. Only he is weary of his life and its constant danger and is determined to leave it behind and pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist. He leaves his mission of tracking down a Palestinian terrorist, the Phantom (played by John Turturro) and fakes his own death in an ambush to get away. He travels to New York and his only companions are two dogs in transit and besides sharing the same space with them, he also 'baptizes' himself with the combination of their names and he becomes Scrappy Coco. Once in New York, he is shocked to find Arabs and Israelis literally living on the same street in relative peace. Soon enough, however, true identities are revealed, rivalries become apparent and lessons are learned….. Zohan struggles to find work. Zohan's sexy strut in oh so tight couloured trousers, gold-medallion-wearing, and gawdish, loud, self-confident manner might make him a hero at home, but in New York, he's an unemployable social reject. The joke is that Zohan's masculinity and machismo — which translates to most as pure "gay" — are unbreakable. He's determined to behave like the same rock star in New York as he was at home, even though no one else sees him as anything but a pure goofballs who mistake himself for a stud! Disappointed in his dream of working at Paul Mitchell's salon, he finally gets his chance from a pretty Palestinian salon owner where he finds an entry-level job .She is named Dalia and is played by the exotic Emmanuelle Chriqui. The Salon is located in an ethnic neighborhood where Israeli electronics stores (with names like "Going Out of Business") are found alongside Palestinian-owned shops. Dalia inevitably, becomes the love interest of Zohan but the relationship is doomed because of their conflicting characters and backgrounds. He becomes an instant hit at the salon, giving old ladies absurdly erotic hair cuts that are followed by actual sex acts. Idiotic? yes, I agree but surprisingly amusing, given Sandler's all-out, gung-ho dedication to pure ridiculousness, which similarly flourishes during early scenes featuring the Phantom. His barbering career provides the movie's truly funny scenes as he earns a loyal clientele amongst the elderly women by servicing them in a variety of unusual ways (use your imagination here….). Without a doubt, the sex-related scenes just cannot be absent in an Apatow movie. Have to admit, I found myself exploding in fits of belly laughs during some of the salon scenes. The entire film is seasoned with a lot of funny moments in other parts too. Sandler shows us a comic obsession with hummus. In an early scene we see him brush his teeth with hummus, which is definitely worth a good ol chuckle. Later we see him use hummus as hair gel. Later still, he extinguishes a major street fire with a hose squirting a massive spray of, yes, hummus.These scenes certainly engender some decent laughs. Several comedy and celebrity figures drop in along the way, in large and small roles, including Sandler stalwart Rob Schneider as well as Chris Rock, Mariah Carey, John Turturro, Kevin James, Dave Matthews, John McEnroe, fight announcer Michael Buffer, Charlotte Rae, Kevin Nealon and Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences President Sid Ganis. Whatever controversy the theme engenders (and it's hard to imagine Arab-American advocacy groups not being a bit upset by character portrayals and comments made!), Zohan is too silly and humorous to justify genuine anger. When I went along to see this film, I was dubious. I'm not usually a Sandler fan and his type of humour has not previously appealed to me. Having said that, this is certainly better than Sandler's last comic effort, Click, and funnier than most of the early Sandler flicks. Not award winning, not the film of the year but light hearted, uplifting, naughty and amusing - definitely worth a look!

Review published on the 14 August 2008 14:55

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