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Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 September 2001 (USA)
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

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Derek Zoolander is VH1's three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander's world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that he's not good as a model anymore. But when evil fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugatu has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it's too late? Written by FilmFanUK

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3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

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28 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Derek Zoolander  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,525,043 (USA) (28 September 2001)

Gross:

$45,162,741 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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Trivia

The film has been banned in Malaysia because of the use of fictional Malaysian Prime Minister as the subject of assassination. It was originally also banned in neighboring Singapore, but the ban has since been lifted. See more »

Goofs

When in the office, Archie tells Matilda that he emailed her some "NexisLexis" searches on models who appeared in Mugatu campaigns; the archive is actually called "LexisNexis". See more »

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[first lines]
(Announcer): And here in Malaysia, there is an almost overwhelming sense of euphoria as the newly-elected prime minister has given this nation a gift of hope promising to raise the substandard minimum wage and end child labor once and for all. Already considered a living saint he has become this small country's greatest hope for a thriving future in the new millennium.
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Spoofs The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Let's Dance
Written & Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music, Inc.
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Very intelligent movie about stupidity
31 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Not a favorite on the first viewing, when it premiered, this movie is - I have to admit it now - hysterical. Don't forget that it's a parody, it's quirky, completely ridiculous, insane & over the top and yes, people in it act stupidly. I'm not a fan of Ben Stiller, I haven't enjoyed any other movies of his, but this is spot on. I say justice has been done: it's been finally revealed that stupidity knows no gender when it comes to the fashion world, and it comes in epic proportions.

By the way, the fashion world redeemed itself by participating in this movie. Watch for the countless cameos from famous people in the industry. The fact that they accepted to make a little fun of themselves shows that they do have a sense of humor, and that's quite refreshing.

Oh, and Jon Voight deserves an Oscar for his deadpan performance as Derek's estranged father. He made me break down and cry tears of laughter over the terrible drama of the Zoolander family. Words are useless here, just watch the movie!


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