Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA/Australia/Germany, 2001. Paramount Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, VH1 Television, NPV Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions, Red Hour Films, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG, Red Hour Productions, Tenth Planet Productions. Story by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, Screenplay by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, John Hamburg, based on characters created by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller. Cinematography by Barry Peterson. Produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Scott Rudin, Ben Stiller. Music by David Arnold. Production Design by Robin Standefer. Costume Design by David C. Robinson. Film Editing by Greg Hayden.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson couldn’t be funnier in this one-joke film that will guarantee some worthwhile chuckles. They play dimwitted male supermodels who are being brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by a syndicate of fashion powermongers who want to assassinate a third world prime minister intent on abolishing the child labor that produces their fancy fashions for dirt-cheap prices. With the help of a nosy reporter (Christine Taylor, the real-life Mrs. Stiller), the two nitwits have only until the next big fashion show to save the day. Full of good-natured jabs at an industry that celebrates superficiality, the clever puns end up overpowering the actual plot and make the film feel more like elongated versions of the original skits Stiller came up with for previous MTV Movie Awards ceremonies (the network’s film company in turn produced the movie). On the other hand, you’ll laugh your head off every time Stiller’s character reveals one of his powerful facial “looks”.