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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scrappy Zoolander
Alexandre Manning ...
Brint (as Alexander Manning)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Mugatu was originally written for Andy Dick, who couldn't play it due to commitments to Go Fish (2001). Instead, Dick was cast in the smaller role of Olga the masseuse. See more »


When Derek is forced to hide out at Hansel's place, Hansel's blue circular necklace jumps about between shots. 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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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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