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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

When Derek and Hansel are trying to turn on the computer, the whole scene is a reference to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). (They are acting like monkeys, the same music plays, and Hansel grabs a bone just like in Kubrick's movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Connections

Referenced in Drop Dead Diva: One Shot (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Also Sprach Zarathustra
by Richard Strauss
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Conducted by Bernard Haitink
Courtesy of Philips Classics Productions
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Classic of the Idiot Genre
18 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since Zoolander was released, I think I can safely say that it's become one of the most popular dumb comedies of the past ten years (a decade that was all too saturated with dumb comedies). Maybe it's the tongue-in-cheek attitude, or the clever writing, or the fact that it's immensely quotable ("I'm pretty sure there's more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking"). But whatever it is, it makes for a terrifically fun movie.

Ben Stiller is Derek Zoolander, three-time male model of the year, whose brainpower never quite caught up to his really, really ridiculous good looks. After losing his title to up-and-coming model Hansel (he's so hot right now), played by a Zen-ed out Owen Wilson, and the death of three of his model friends in a tragic gasoline fight accident, he goes on a quest to find his purpose in life. Turns out, his purpose in life is as the face of Mugatu (Will Ferrel with the world's best hair)'s new Derelicte fashion campaign--or so he's led to believe.

The plot is not strong. The characters are not fleshed out. But Ben Stiller keeps Derek's stupidity hysterical instead of irritating, and the rest of the cast adds gimmick after gimmick to keep things running. (Come on, the coal mines of New Jersey? Tell me that's not funny.)


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