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You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008)

You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008)

What happens when a super-tough Israeli (I didn't notice it was Adam Sandler until a few minutes in - good costume!) decides to give up the eternal fight against his sworn Palestinian nemesis and venture off to the US to become a hairdresser?

Interesting things happen!

It's a crazy comedy, and though it is crazily exaggerated and occasionally stupid, a combination I don't always like, the fact that Sandler himself is the one making fun of his character, and his character is so confident he doesn't care (or even notice - making it all the more hilarious), it's alright. Hilarious moments do ensue.

Zohan as a character seems to possess not only superhuman powers, but also supposedly shares some stereotypical trait with Ron Jeremy. Though there are no revealing scenes, there are plenty of jokes about that, some going a bit overboard, and body parts getting flashed around. Pretty much all potential Jewish stereotypes are taken up and joked about, except maybe their supernatural prowess with money. Maybe because that's nothing to joke about. ;) Sandler is of Jewish descent himself so I guess it's OK for him to use Humus as toothpaste and gulp down a bottle of Fuzzybiblish (or whatever that drink was called - it does look delicious) every once in a while. His accent doesn't always remain entirely reliable, but overall: it's fun. And Mariah Carey makes a cameo too. Not that that's relevant to anything.

And there are morals. As with any good light-hearted Sandler comedy there's a thing about how you should be yourself and pursue your dream and in the end: that you should make peace not war, that the fighting's been doing on for long enough, and at least in the US (GBA!), everyone can get along as one. Good movie.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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