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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.



(character Derek Zoolander), (character Derek Zoolander) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scrappy Zoolander
Alexandre Manning ...
Brint (as Alexander Manning)
Donald Trump (as Donald Trump)
Christian Slater


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Derek Zoolander  »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,525,043, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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The names for the three facial expressions (Magnum, Le Tigre, Blue Steel) are the names of three of the sim server banks in Second Life. See more »


When Derek finishes talking to Matilda on the Walkie Talkie in Maury's office he turned "left" to go back to helping Hansel look for the computer files. A large premise of the movie is that Zoolander is unable to turn "left". See more »


[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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An absurd but smart send-up of our image-obsessed culture
24 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Released a few short weeks after Sept. 11, Zoolander became the target of "this is why they hate us" diatribes. I didn't see it until months later and immediately recognized what I can only hope I would have seen if I had watched it earlier--that this is a superb satire/farce. There aren't many movies that manage to be both silly and smart at the same time, and this is one. It is not only a send-up of the modeling and fashion industries, admittedly easy targets, but of our whole image-obsessed culture which commodifies love, spirituality, patriotism, heroism just as easily and unthinkingly as it does kitchen appliances. This is not a "stupid" movie, even though it is about stupid people and stupid situations. It keeps the targets of its satire within its sights at every moment, never letting that focus flag to pursue maudlin subplots, but at the same time, it is unfailingly hilarious, with marvelous comic acting, sight-gags, sets, and costumes. The screen is just packed with visual jokes at almost every moment. This is not a movie that anyone needs to be embarrassed to watch or enjoy. But it is also just plain damned fun!

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