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Thursday, June 12, 2008

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An Israeli counter terrorist (Adam Sandler), with dreams of becoming a hairstylist, fakes his own death so he can escape to America and work for Paul Mitchell.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Turturro, Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan, Ido Mosseri, Rob Schneider, Dave Matthews, Michael Buffer

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If you're already a fan of Adam Sandler's style of humor, the quality of this one may surpass your expectations... It's almost like they tried to make a good movie this time.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It's broad as hell, but if you allow yourself to go along with the ridiculousness, a lot of it kind of works.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: There is something inspiring about the far out concept that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be found in the subtext of an Adam Sandler comedy.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Wouldn't it be funny if it were?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Adam Sandler's Israeli accent is so strong and consistent that I would actually believe him if he told me he'd been to Israel. Dave Matthews' performance finally convinced me that he really is serious about pursuing this acting stuff. Meanwhile, Ido Mosseri gives the kind of breakout performance that could set him up to corner the market on funny looking, funny guys of Israeli descent. Look out, Ben Stiller!

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Nothing all that surprising here. Dennis Dugan is Adam Sandler's go to guy. He's been creating that hacky look, for years now. But at least this movie is a vast improvement on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, which blew chunks of fire and fake gay love.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: It includes a number of jokes that are pretty darn clever, which we can most likely credit to Judd Apatow. It also includes a number of feats never before accomplished by a phallus, which I assume is the loving work of Robert Smigel, who regularly proves his adoration of phallus flaunting in his work on The Ambiguously Gay Duo, on SNL.

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patrick said...

Adam Sandler is classic in his own way, though he tends to do better when he isn't trying too hard to be funny or deep... his main area of expertise seems to be casual, unassuming comedies

Monique Elisabeth said...

What are your favorite Sandler movies?

Mine are The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, and 8 Crazy Nights.

Seek said...

This was funny, and retarded...and in some ways, high-concept for a comedy. I liked the special effects gags, but didn't ever get pulled into the story. Adam is a nut, and definitely outdoes himself in this one. I don't think it will lead to peace in the Holy Land however...but we can hope.