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You Dont Mess With the Zohan

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Comedy superstar Adam Sandler is back - and funnier than ever - as The Zohan, the finest counterterrorist agent the Israeli army has. That is, until he fakes his death and travels to Manhattan to live his dream...as a hairdresser. Now this skilled fighting machine who used to clip bad guys is out to prove he can make the cut as a top stylist. All goes silky smooth until his cover is blown when he's recognized by a Palestinian cab driver (Rob Schneider). Now, The Zohan must fight to live a peaceful new life in New York in this razor-sharp action-packed comedy from Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow and Dennis Dugan.

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Studio Sony
SKU 208785609
UPC 043396264182
UPC 14 00043396264182
Release Date 4/28/2009
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Given the missed opportunities for sharpening silliness with satire, it's impossible not to mess with the Zohan. There's a risky idea in the script cooked up by star Adam Sandler and his co-writers, Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow: What if Sandler played a Mossad commando named Zohan who fakes his death and comes to New York to live his dream of making the world "silky smooth" by cutting and styling hair? And what if the only job he could get was working in a Brooklyn salon run by a Palestinian babe (Emmanuelle Chriqui)?...It's the Middle East crisis played for laughs, and it gets a few until the movie backs off its bolder notions. That's a shame, because Sandler, buff, blow-dried and Borat-accented, is clearly having a ball playing a Jewish superhero. Ditto John Turturro as Zohan's Arab counterpart, the Phantom. "You think you can oppress my people, land-grabber?" shrieks the Phantom, and suddenly the movie is a microcosm of Arab-Israeli relations taken out of context and wrapped in comic absurdity...What Zohan makes of it is a sentimental hash that director Dennis Dugan tries to deflect with crude sight gags. Sandler (no hair homo, he) stuffs his crotch and starts shtupping the old ladies whose hair he shags. The joke is right out The Producers, screen and stage, and doesn't profit from punishing repetition.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The crowd I joined for "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" roared with laughter, and I understand why. Adam Sandler's new comedy is shameless in its eagerness to extract laughs from every possible breach of taste or decorum, and why am I even mentioning taste and decorum in this context? This is a mighty hymn of and to vulgarity, and either you enjoy it, or you don't. I found myself enjoying it a surprising amount of the time, even though I was thoroughly ashamed of myself. There is a tiny part of me that still applauds the great minds who invented the whoopee cushion...Sandler plays an ace agent for the Mossad, the Israeli secret police; he has no interest in counter-terrorism and spends as much time as possible hanging out with babes on the beach...This plot is simply the skeleton for sight gags. Early on, we saw how much pain he could endure when he dropped a sharp-toothed fish into the crotch of his bikini swimming trunks. Now we see such sights as his sexual adventures with old ladies in the salon...Sandler works so hard at this, and so shamelessly, that he battered down my resistance. Like a Jerry Lewis out of control, he will do, and does, anything to get a laugh. No thinking adult should get within a mile of this film. I must not have been thinking. For my sins, I laughed. Sorry. I'll try to do better next time.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Hi-fi Stereo, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Edelstein, New York Magazine Director Dennis Dugan knows his way around shin-whacking slapstick, and Sandler is mesmerizing.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...the comic energy is huge...and Mr. Sandler's performance -- think Topol doing Charles Boyer -- can be as delicate as it is gleefully vulgar or grotesque.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle ...a crazed, delightfully bizarre return to form for Sandler.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter ...[Sandler's] legions of fans will welcome the cheerfully crude proceedings as a return to silliness after several earnest, lower-key character turns.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com ...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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