You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (2008)

DENNIS DUGAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5USA, 2008, , , Screenplay by , , Cinematography by Produced by , Adam Sandler.  Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Adam Sandler and Lainie Kazan in You Don’t Mess With The Zohan

Adam Sandler plays a superstar in Israel’s special forces whose abilities can’t be touched, he is never bested by the enemy and always accompanied by gorgeous women when barbecuing in the nude. His greatest desire is also his secret, he longs to be a hairdresser like his hero Paul Mitchell, so after discovering that his archnemesis () is still alive and out to get him, he fakes his own death and heads to America where he can pursue his dream. Bringing his Eurotrash, adorably outmoded nineties style to the hip and ultramodern pulse of New York City, Sandler’s Zohan tries to get a job at Mitchell’s establishment and is laughed out the door, settling instead for a job working at a neighbourhood salon run by a beautiful Palestinian woman (). At first wholly inept at the job, he combines his skill for pleasing old ladies with his determination to become a world-class stylist, romancing Chriqui while eventually facing his old enemy in this sometimes hilarious but unnecessarily trashy retreated of The Waterboy. Combining sincere charm with lowbrow gags is a Sandler specialty, but here the latter is given too much emphasis, there’s far more ridiculous Old Lady Sex humour than is necessary in a movie that is also aiming to point out the need for peace in the middle east. Sandler fails to make his paltry chemistry with Chriqui, who is good-naturedly putting up with this film’s excesses for much of her time on screen, really pay off in the end, but the set-up is hilariously funny and Lainie Kazan is a good sport about the most outrageous aspects of her role.

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