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Zoolander (2001)

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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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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$381,063 (Spain) (4 January 2002)

Gross:

$381,063 (Spain) (4 January 2002)
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Ben Stiller wrote the part of Hansel specifically for Owen Wilson and said that no one else was even considered for the role. See more »

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At the VH1 Fashion Awards, when Derek is walking up to get 'his' award, Hansel says, "Huh?" but his mouth doesn't move. 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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References On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) See more »

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Official Chemical
by Jason O'Bryan, T.K. Lawrence, Barry Ashworth, Baqi Abdush-Shaheed & James Sheffield Dewes
Performed by Dub Pistols
Courtesy of 1500 Records/A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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AUSTIN Posers--Hip, Daffy, Yet Kinda Sweet
26 March 2002 | by (Whitehall, PA) – See all my reviews

In Entertainment Weekly, Ben Stiller described this feature-length adventure of the moronic male model he created for the VH1 Fashion Awards as "MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE meets EYES OF LAURA MARS." Me, I can sum it up in two words: "AUSTIN Posers." No, better yet, I'll boil it down to one word: "endearing." That's right, endearing! As lighthearted as it is lightheaded, this daffy spoof of conspiracy thrillers and the mad, mod world of male models and other hipsters has a surprising undercurrent of sweetness to it. Star/director/co-writer/co-producer Stiller plays dopey Derek Zoolander as a gentle, essentially kind-hearted naif under his hip veneer. The same is true of Owen Wilson, putting his twang and quirky humor to good use as Derek's rustic yet hippy-dippy rival-turned-ally Hansel. I suspect folks will like ZOOLANDER even better on DVD, since there are tons of hilarious extended scenes and deleted scenes as well as the original Zoolander TV sketches that Stiller & Co. did for VH1. As Derek says in the voiceover intros on the DVD menu, the ZOOLANDER disc is a wonderful introduction to "the world of DiviDuh"! :-)


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