You Don't Mess With The Zohan

You Don't Mess With The Zohan

You Don't Mess With The Zohan
The prolific Adam Sandler stars as Zohan, a tough-as-nails Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: being a hair stylist in New York City.

It's got his two genius co-stars from Mr. Deeds; Johnny McEnroe and John Turturro, as well as Chris Rock and the always great Henry Wrinkler. Co-written by the golden boy of comedy, Judd Apatow (Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin).
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You Don't Mess With The Zohan / Reviews

Financial Times

Financial Times

You Don't Mess With the Zohan is as messy as comedies come. Much of it, though, is an inspired, hilarious mess.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

For as stupid as it is, part of its problem is that it really isn't stupid enough.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The problem with Zohan... is that it's like a kid who tells you a silly joke, gets a laugh, and immediately tells the same joke again.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A strange, mostly enjoyable mix of big political questions and crude comedy...

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Total Film

Total Film

There are funny highpoints, but the grab-bag approach never quite gels.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

Images of a thrusting male pelvis haunt the sensitive critic yet.

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Variety

Variety

The off-the-wall comedy of Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow leaves a mark on the script, but it would require a talent of Peter Sellers' magnitude to conquer this material, and he's not around.

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Salon

Salon

The movie "Munich" should have been. At the very least, it's got to be the first picture to use smelly-feet jokes as a means of parsing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But more than that, it's a mainstream movie that dares to make jokes about the kinds of complex political realities that most of us don't dare bring up at dinner parties.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

By the end of the film, the cliché of everybody getting along is reduced to both sides working together in the ultimate monument to capitalism: a mall. Some message.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It's also heavily reliant on cultural references to Jews and Palestinians and cliched views of how Americans see Middle Eastern immigrants. It shows Sandler at his silliest, and has occasional amusing moments, but you have to be a very forgiving fan to cope with its near two-hour running time.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

As another run-of-the-mill Sandler movie, it is better than most. At this point it seems a little foolish to want, let alone expect, "more" from the guy. If he can't be bothered to put more effort into his films, why should anybody else?

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The comedy star's legions of fans will welcome the cheerfully crude proceedings as a return to silliness after several earnest, lower-key character turns. The melange of Middle East diplomacy, action absurdity, sexual healing and, when in doubt, hummus, wavers between muscular and middling. It's a surefire hit.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

Despite a mid-career attempt at breaking out of his comfort zone with the likes of Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish, America's favourite man-child has recently returned to his routinely mediocre and mildly misogynist formula. Depressingly, the originality of his early delights like Happy Gilmore has been replaced by a predictable Carry On-esque mix of scatological gags, sex jokes, animal cruelty and a Rob Schneider cameo.

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