After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and four hundred costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent until Todd's 18th birthday. Now Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding after years apart, sending the groom-to-be's world crashing down.
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.
Harbouring an ardent desire to be the best in the cut-throat world of hairdressers, the Mossad's finest agent, Zohan, seizes the opportunity to call it quits by faking his death, after a fierce battle with his arch-nemesis, Phantom. In high hopes of making his dream come true in New York, the ambitious Zohan lands a job in the stylish hair salon of the beautiful Palestinian, Dalia, and things seem to work as planned; until a man from the past blows his cover. Now, the Zohan must fight tooth and nail to keep his new lifestyle, and in the meantime, try to win the heart of his boss. Can Zohan's dazzling hairstyling techniques save the world?Written by
Co-Writer Robert Smigel revealed that the script was mostly written in 2000, but was delayed after the 9/11 attacks due to the terrorist themes in the film. See more »
Zohan holds his scissors incorrectly throughout the entire film. His ring finger should be in the tanged hole of the scissor as that is the proper way to use a pair of hair cutting scissors. See more »
"It's gonna sound a little crazy." Zohan (Adam Sandler)
I hold no hope for Arab/Israeli peace if it hangs on the success of Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess with the Zohan. It's a mess of a socio-political satire with inaudible accents, bathroom humor, and tastelessness. The humorous moments are few, unlike its precursor, Sasha Baron Cohen's Borat, which pretty much had regular laughs, albeit some just as low.
Sandler's Zohan is a Mossad agent who flees the chaotic Mideast for chaotic New York City. He's not your garden variety Bond or Bourne: He has super powers that make him impervious to harm and Olympic in the bedroom. The comic hook is Zohan's wish to be a hair stylist in America, a dream he gets to fulfill in NYC becoming a hairdresser in a Palestinian salon.
Although there are some funny bits, as when three Israeli's answer their hot line commenting that they'll be back to the caller as soon as the current peace talks break down, mainly the audience is subjected to shots of Sandler's enhanced package beneath his jeans and foolish Palestinian nationals bumbling to get Zohan. The kindly satire of Sandler's own Jews and mid-easterners in general is stereotyped but lacking the invention of Borat's Ali G.
Although John Turturro's Palestinian superman, Phantom, provides a laugh or two, I couldn't stop feeling sad that such a talent dusts it up in such a lowbrow caper. As for Mariah Carey indulging in some bust-busting self parody, I liked it and wanted more (Not more of herthere's ample on displayjust more of the parody).
Although I appreciated writers Sandler and Apatow dealing with contemporary issues such as greedy landlords and the Arab/Israeli conflict, the humor is not low enough, despite the scatological moments, nor is it witty enough to carry the audience over the clichéd moments.
Read the international reports in the New York Times: It's all more laughable but much scarier.
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