Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Movie Review: You Don't Mess With The Zohan
An Israeli Special Forces Soldier (Adam Sandler) fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist, the job he's always dreamed of doing.
I'm really not a huge Adam Sandler fan so I guess I wasn't expecting too much from this film, but it really was funnier than I thought it would be. Sure the laughs only come occasionally, the premise wears a bit thin very quickly and it's all quite silly (as it's supposed to be), but a lot of the ridiculous scenes I really found to be pretty funny. You want hackey-sack played with a cat? Look no further.
As Israel's "greatest weapon", who happens to be a hummus-loving (who isn't I ask you?) disco-dancing superman who sexes up the ladies of all sizes and ages, he's pretty entertaining with the over-the-top feats and filthy, gross-out humor. There's quite a bit of political satire to it to make you feel like at times you're actually watching something bordering on intelligent, but it quickly heads back to more straight-up locker room humor before it ever gets too serious.
There are a lot of racial stereotypes that some might interpret as very offensive I would guess, but they're so over the top that it never really bothered me and I found it funny since it was never mean-spirited.
There's a very cool supporting casts as well to steal some laughs, starting with the super sexy Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan on Entourage), John Turturro, and Saturday Night Live alums like Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Kevin Nealon and Chris Rock. Great cameos as well from Kevin James, John McEnroe, George Takei and Mariah Carey to name a few.
In summary, it's absurd, goofy, silly... yet sort of amusing.