|You Don't Mess With the Zohan (Unrated Extended Single-Disc Edition)
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 10/07/2008 Run time: 117 minutes Rating: Ur
If You Don't Mess with the Zohan feels like an extended and crazed sketch from Saturday Night Live, there are reasons for that. Zohan's star and SNL alumnus Adam Sandler is joined by several fellow cast members (in uncredited cameo roles) from his years on the NBC show. But Sandler also co-wrote the film's absurdist script with SNL veteran writer and sometime-performer Robert Smigel. Echoes of a few of their classic skits on the show--built around high-strung Israeli characters obsessed with disco and selling junk electronics out of a New York shop--are in revisited in Zohan and are a lot of fun to see again. Zohan is unbridled nonsense thrown at the wall, but with a sunny disposition that proves surprisingly persuasive. Sandler stars as an Israeli intelligence operative who fakes his death to reinvent himself in New York City as a hairdresser. Putting the lie to assumptions that any man in that professional field must be gay, Zohan routinely provides raucous sexual favors for all of his older female customers. The sight of bottles of gels and hairsprays falling off shelves while the indefatigable Zohan pleasures randy grannies on the other side of a salon wall is pure SNL, and is funnier than it might sound. The silly story involves an old, Palestinian enemy of Zohan, the Phantom (John Turturro), showing up in Manhattan, but everything is really leading to a Big Apple version of the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflicts we'd all like to see on a large scale. The film is almost instantly forgettable, and there are many times it veers toward the dumb, but it also sells itself well as a nutty concept. --Tom Keogh
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- Read the Title of the Movie and Let It Be
Once upon a time Adam Sandler used to be a very funny comedian. He was on Saturday Night Live back in the day of its 2nd Renaissance when the group could be funny without having to mock politicians all the time. He had some hilarious comedy albums and he made some very funny movies, e.g. HAPPY GILMORE, BILLY MADISON, and THE WATERBOY. Maybe it's because he's gotten older, but Sandler's movies just aren't as funny as they used to be and YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN is one of the worst he's ever made (it's right next to LITTLE NICKY) and will probably get several 2008 Razzie nominations.
The movie centers around one Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler). Zohan is the top super soldier of the Israeli army. Sometimes his methods are questionable, but no one questions his results. Zohan is very good at what he does: fighting terrorists, mainly Palestinians. He is well respected and well paid for the work he does. But Zohan is tired of being a killer and dreams of coming to the United States and becoming a hair dresser. So, when he is assigned to fight his nemesis, who is just known as The Phantom (John Turturro), Zohan fakes his own death and travels to the U.S.A. to fulfill his dream. After being rejected from the big styling studios, he eventually finds work in a small beauty salon owned by a beautiful Palestinian woman named Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui). Zohan soon becomes a sensation by pampering the older, mature, and sometimes very mature women who visit the salon and taking them into the backroom to give them "the sticky". Surprisingly, he's also a decent stylist for those looking for a retro mid-1970s or early 1980s look. Zohan is smitten with Dalia, but she is Palestinian and he is an Israeli.
There are some scenes in YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN that are hilarious and show a spark of the comic genius that Sandler used to have in all of his movies. One-liner and dirty jokes also abound in the Hebrew and Arabic languages that are used intermittently throughout the movie. But most people don't know any Hebrew or Arabic and the very funny scenes are quite rare. Most of the time the movie seems to be making the same joke over and over and over and over. I felt like Sandler and company thought that if the joke was funny the first time then it has to be hilarious the 50th time and if you didn't find it funny they were going to force you to find it funny by beating you over the head with it. There's also a lot in the film that is very crude and at times almost raunchy. While I'm not disturbed by a little of that humor, the overkill was just too much. When I first saw the movie, I went with my one brother who is a huge Adam Sandler fan and owns every movie and DVD that's available with Sandler in it. Even he said the movie was his least favorite Sandler movie and groaned several times while watching the movie.
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN actually has parts that are full of satire about stereotyping, race relations, conflict in the Middle East, etc. These are important issues that should be addressed and the basic "plot" of the movie provides a perfect set-up for doing that. Unfortunately, the satire is drowned and buried in other attempts at what is supposed to be humor....more info
- One of the worst Adam Sandle movie
Usually Adam Sandler movies are predicable, but entertaining enough to finish. But this movie is just an insult to my intelligence. To enjoy the movie, I had to be a 5 year old, but some of the "humor" is for adults only. His movies such as waterboy, 50 1st dates, etc, have a lot of dumb but fun jokes. This movie lacked those jokes, the humor in this movie is just plain dumb, not funny at all.
Avoid buying, at most rent it if you must watch all Adam Sandler movies....more info
- Suprised and pleased
Zohan suprised me. I rented it and expected to dislike it.
But instead, I was amused, captivated, and charmed by the multiple real themes running through this film. Sure, there is enough pre-adolecent humor to meet Sandler standards, but the completeness of the film makes those components an afterthought, not the main thrust of the film.
Real character development in a comedy is rare, and Zohan has that for the leads and for minor characters.
And the political text of the film is also very real, and presents those views as both very humanized and very complex, which is unusual for any hollywood production, much less a comedy.
All in all Zohan is worth my time and money....more info
- Very silly but occasionally amusing
This movie, in the grand tradition of "Austin Powers" presents an irrestible agent cavorting comically. The twist is that the "Zohan" of the title played by Adam Sandler is an Israeli counter-terrorism agent trying to reinvent himself as a haridresser in Manhattan.
It's very silly and occasionally very vulgar and tasteless and even more occasionally quite funny.
The best thing for me was the Israeli rap music supplied by the great group "Hadag Nachash." Sandler's accent wavered from time to time. There are some hasrh depictions of Arabs.
If you don't take it too seriously and have a liking for 6th grade sex jokes, this might be worth considering. Otherwise, not. ...more info
- Will create a good laugh/Great comedy!
If you want a good laugh then you got to watch this movie. At first I didn't have high expectations for the movie just because of what I read in the back (I guess I was biased), but boy did I change my mind! I only rated it four stars instead of five because of the major crude humor and how it isn't a movie that I would recommend to anyone under 13 (although I believe most kids under that age went to see the movie).
My favorite part of the movie was where Adam Sandler character (Zohan) does the funny clapping pushups (that really cracked me up) to impress the pretty Palestinian girl in order to get the job at the hair salon. It would be nice if people can jobs today solely on the basis of doing pushups! But anyone the Zohan finally impresses her enough that she offers him the job to style hair.
The major theme of the movie is that the Zohan is trying to get away from his "fighting terrorism" roots back at his home in Isreal. He fakes his own death after a scene in the water with John Tuturo's character and makes him believes he actually killed the Zohan. We of course know this isn't true. Both major characters of the movie come into a head on confrontation later in the movie. I don't want to spoil the climax by saying what happens, but I just want to say that friendships can turn out even in the worst of arguments and fights.
And finally Emmanuel Chiriqu's character (the Palenstian hair dresser) does a terrific job acting and being the Zohan's significant other. Great acting all around and a great movie. I still don't recommend children under 13 to watch this....more info
- This movie is sick
This movie clearly a "public toilet grafitti" type with more and more perversive action as it goes on.
I am wandering what was the message that the producers of this movie wanted to give...
Canot see any value in it, except for that it is plain crude.
- Bad Bad and just Bad
I think I've said before that I don't like potty humor. Just no. This would have been a decent movie if they hadn't added so many rude gags to it. I guess it's about what I was expecting, it had some funny parts, but mostly it's just trash. Get from the $1 rental or just skip it all together....more info
I thought this film was pretty gross. Lots of potty jokes and sexual jokes involving Zohan. I stopped watching when he started working at the beauty parlor and began to do more than hair with the willing clients. It was crude, lewd, and offensive and just plain not funny. I don't mind the occasional crass joke. But there needs to be more going on to make a film funny....more info
- Adam's Worst Movie by Far!
This was almost painful to watch. This is definitely Adam's worst movie yet. I have enjoyed Billy Madison, Water Boy, and Click to name a few, but this one is horribly stupid throughout.
Definitely don't buy it. ...more info
- 2 1/2. This apple doesn't fall far from the Sandler tree
"You Don't Mess with the Zohan", directed by Dennis Dugan and written by Adam Sandler.
Present day Israel; Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) is Israel's top operative. He takes on missions single handedly that would usually take a whole team of men. After discovering that his latest mission involves attempting to capture his arch nemesis The Phantom (John Turturro) who Zohan had previously captured but was traded back for captured Israeli soldiers, he begins to recognize the futility of all the fighting and becomes disenchanted with his job. Zohan then fakes his death so he can travel incognito to New York and pursue his true passion of styling hair...
"You don't Mess with the Zohan" is another apple that didn't fall far from the Sandler tree. Like many of his movies, it isn't terrible but doesn't reach greatness either.
The Good: There is a laugh here and there. The acting overall for the type of movie we are dealing with wasn't bad.
The Bad: A lot of the jokes fall flat and don't work.
Overall: There just isn't a lot to expand upon about this movie. It won't go down in history as Sandler's best or worst movie or as a bottom or top feeder of the comedy genre in general. If you like Sandler's movies you may find a chuckle here and there. If you haven't liked Sandler's movies don't expect anything different from this one.
- I'm shocked
I'm shocked at how many people actually liked this stinker. I'm not an Adam Sandler fan as I find most of his movies mildly funny at best. I understand that he has a loyal following but this particular movie is scraping the bottom even for Sandler. From the lame political undertones to the crude and not funny jokes this movie just offers nothing. Even the acting was terrible with has-beens and never-was-beens such as Rob Schneider and other no-names. Overall a complete waist of 2 hours. ...more info
- Not worth it
I find the movie childish and rather annoying in the end. The humor is badly done and when it finished, I was sorry to have spent the money to see it.
It's not one I'll add to my DVD or Blu Ray library....more info
- Fighting Racism with humor
If you were ever a fan of blazing saddles like I am, then you'd see the value in this movie a lot clearer. Blazing saddles used humor to tackle a situation of racism in america that was a major issue that everyone just tiptoed around because everyone was so scared of offending others, but Blazing saddles took racism and punched it in the nose with humor. You don't mess with the Zohan is an exceptional film with slapstick humor all throughout delivered in the same manner that Blazing Saddles delivered. It managed to take the middle east conflict and all the racism and hatred that is there hit it square in the nose, sure there was plenty of stuff some might deem as "Offensive" but I was never a fan of political correctness, it censors us and brings us to a point where free speech is taken away. I salute you Adam Sandler, you made a funny movie, and you managed to tackle a much bigger issue in the process. This movie was art, if people can't appreciate it, then they need to open up their minds some....more info
- Not At All What I Expected
When I first saw the trailer for Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," I thought it would be a hilarious movie. Fortunately, I did not have the opportunity to see it in the theaters and recently rented it. I soon found out that all of the funny parts of the movie were in the trailer.
"You Don't Mess with the Zohan" tells the story of Zohan, the perfect killing machine who dreams of becoming a Paul Mitchell hair stylist. Upon leaving his homeland, he ventures New York City to fulfill his dreams. After that, the film is filled with a lot of pelvic thrusting, nudity, and crudeness. I found myself fast-forwarding through much of the movie because I lost interest so quickly. The excessive bathroom humor may be fine for some people, but after a while, it just became annoying.
My suggestion would be skip this movie altogether. You'll be happy you did....more info
- Hummus, anyone?
Adam Sandler plays Zohan, the world's greatest counterterrorism agent, in this absurd yet endearing comedy. Zohan, an Israeli soldier, can outswim motor vessels, can snort bullets up his nose without injury, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Tired of the endless violence of the Middle East, he fakes his own death to escape to New York, where he becomes a hairdresser with the name of "Scrappy Coco."
Although first turned away from the great New York salons, "Scrappy" soon builds a devoted following, a la Warren Beatty in SHAMPOO, of middle-aged matrons ("I make you silky smooth, yes?") in a small shop owned by a Palestinian girl, with whom he soon finds himself falling in love.
But "Scrappy" can't leave his old life behind. The Israeli electronics merchants and the falafel salesmen of the neighborhood all secretly know who he is, as do the Arab rug merchants and cabdrivers. Any note of neighborhood violence brings out the Zohan, whose favorite technique for subduing bad guys is to tie them into a pretzel knot.
When a small gang of angry Arabs tries to kill Zohan with a bomb, they mangle their English so badly that the chemist sells them Neosporin instead of explosives; but this act inspires a neighborhood redeveloper hungry to build a mall on this New York street of small shops, to incite a riot between the Arab and Israeli factions of the neighborhood by sending white supremacists in burnous to attack the various establishments.
Although there is much finger pointing, shouting, and throwing of hummus, the Arabs and Israelis suddenly realize that the attack is continuing despite the fact that they're all too busy arguing to fight. At that moment, the Zohan and his Palestinian nemesis, the Phantom, join forces to fight the true enemy.
Peace is restored, and the factions join hands:
Abdul: Why does everybody think I'm carrying a bomb all the time?
Ali: It's the beard. If you sat down next to me on a plane, I'd probably switch to another flight, myself.
Mohammed: It's not easy for us Arabs! Everybody thinks we're terrorists!
Oded:It's not easy for us Israelis either! Everybody thinks we're you!
Redolent of MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON in it's celebration of American/New York-style multiculturalism, YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN is a goofball comedy that leaves you feeling good inside. And proud to be an American. Wherever you come from. ...more info
- Don't waste your money!
In my opinion, this is one of the worst Adam Sandler movies to date. Very few funny lines and most of the storyline was way too far fetched. I thought this would be a good one, he has done many that I am very fond of. I was very disappointed!...more info
- Zionist garbage
Creepy, Judeocentric farce that manages to stereotype Arabs and humorize violence against whites while completely glossing over the Jews' ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Nice....more info
- Making the world safe for the Silky Smooth
Having just reviewed the dynamite Spy-Flick Taken with Liam Neeson, it is time to lurch a full 360 to another Spy, Adam Sandler's Zohan. "You Don't Mess With The Zohan" is a goofy, juvenile and often really funny film that sends Israeli super soldier Sandler to New York City where he can live out his days as Super Stylist Scrappy Coco. But his arch nemesis The Phantom (a way over the top John Turturro) has discovered the Zohan's secret and is out for revenge. Will The Phantom bring the Bang-Boom that stops Zohan's quest for the perfect feathering?
Also on board is Rob Schneider, as an Arab cab driver mourning his stolen pet goat, Mariah Carey lampooning her own image, John McEnroe, George "Sulu" Takei and Bruce Vilanch as themselves and a subplot about everyone just getting along. If it were only this easy to save the world; No need for "We Are The World" stuff, just sex-jokes and SNL skits. Much better than his prior I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, "Zohan" is Sandler's return to broad farce.
- Adam doing what he does best with a great supporting cast
This movie was just silly, very funny, slightly offensive in places - like some of the comedies they'd make in the 70's like CADDYSHACK. Strange characters doing strange things are always interesting for me. I'd seen Adam's film CLICK, which started off funny, then got philosophical at the end - this is not what Adam's audience wants, I'm afraid. This film should please fans of movies like the WEDDING SINGER.
If you think you'd like a movie where the permanent name of a shop is actually 'Going out of Business' , then you'll love this.
I loved it and hope this review helps you to decide if ZOHAN is for you. ...more info
- Zohan, a waste of time.
I bought this because I like most of Adam Sandler's movies. But this was over the top STUPID! A few laughs, maybe at 50 I am too old for his movies. IT just was a waste of time....more info
- Not usually my style, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Surprisingly hilarious movie from Adam Sandler, who I don't usually find very funny. (Oddly enough, I like his serious roles in 'Spanglish','Punch-Drunk Love' and 'Reign Over Me' more than any of his previous comedies!) Comedies are hard to predict or review - I can't tell you why I like this movie so much more than all his others, I can just tell you that I do. Maybe it's just so over the top and so shameless that you have to either love it or hate it. In this case, I loved it. (As always, the ending starts to flag as the writers feel the need to wrap up the plotlines, which just get in the way of the jokes. But still very good.)...more info
- Worst Sandler Movie Ever
This Movie should have been named "You don't mess with Sandler's crotch" because the entire movie is focused around Adam Sandler's crotch. I don't even want to think about what the unrated version is like. If you have a "special thing" for old ladies and adam sandler ;P then you might really enjoy this flick, otherwise, I recommend you stay away from it....more info
- Grade School Humor
Usually I do not care if a comedy movie is historically or culturally accurate, but this film was so off that it became annoying (specifically details about Israel, the Palestinians, and the conflict.)
I was impressed at the number of actors who were willing to appear throughout this production, though I suspect they did it for the money or because Adam Sandler wrote them some I.O.U.s.
Basically, this film relied on grade school humor. Actually, let me retract that statement because grade school humor has more depth than this script. Does Adam Sandler have a buttock/anal fetish? If you see the film, you'll know why I asked this question.
Avoid "Zohan" if you can......more info
- A masterwork of comedy
I generally don't like Adam Sandler movies but this was hysterical. Also like many great comedies it triumphs on a serious level. In this case, it humanized people Americans might call terrorists. A great movie!...more info
- A diffferent Adam Sanders.....works for me
Love this movie...why...its different from what Adam Sandlers has been
offering us lately. This super sexed up character done for laughs works
very good. Good editing, camera movement...funny funny sex stuff...this
man wants to hump all the times...and a kinda funny look at Israel and
Palestine situations. Anyway hate it or love it...i think its good.
Enjoy...good for a keeper. ...more info
I know this movie was intended to be silly, and I like Adam Sandler's silly roles and movies for the most part, but COME ON! This was terrible. There is not one good part about this movie..oh wait..the end credits were a god send! The jokes were overplayed and lame at best and Sandler's accent was horrible, and you are forced to endure the torture for all of those jokes. The only reason I even watched the whole thing through was because we were at the movies on a very crowded night, stuck in between a hundred people and it would have been a huge hassle to try to get out. All in all-huge waste of money....more info
- Laugh out loud funny (at times).
Adam Sadler is a hoot as an Israeli born Intelligence Agent with dreams of being a master stylist for Paul Mitchell. Faking his death, while fighting his Palestinian arch enemy "The Phantom" (played by John Turturro), Zohan heads for America to fulfill his dream of remaking 1980's hairstyles all the rage. Dressed like a "disco-dancer", Zohan sets out to make women beautiful while also pleasuring them, hence working his magic. Eventually Zohan falls in love with his Boss; helps a community to realize that they should set their differences aside and stand up to a greedy land developer who wants their property to build a mega mall; faces a person (played by Rob Schneider) whose goat he once stole to humiliate him; and battles his arch enemy who he realizes he has more in common with than he once thought (Phantom wants to sell shoes). All these things and much more make this a satisfying comedy. So if you want to laugh, out loud, get this movie!...more info