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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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Did You Know?


Filmed during the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards in 2000 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. See more »


When Derek's friends are having the "gasoline fight", the bright orange liquid coming out of the gasoline nozzles is obviously not gasoline. 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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.70 (2016) See more »


by Herbie Hancock, Michael Beinhorn & Bill Laswell
Performed by Herbie Hancock
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The previews didn't lie, you get what you see.
9 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I gave this movie a 9/10 for this reason, if you have seen the previews, you know what you are going to see. You are going to see a movie that is exactly the kind of humor that the preview TELLS and SHOWS you it contains. They don't expect Oscars, and arent even trying for them. This movie is not to be taken seriously, its for FUN, people. The movie's main characters did great jobs, and had good charisma between them, there were tons of other actors putting in small bits (some of which were amazingly funny, I laughed out loud in a few parts, and I almost never do that). There were some truly funny moments, moments I found much funnier than I thought the film would be. When I told friends and family I saw it they all said, `You did?' when I said I liked it they said with even more incredulity, `You did?!' because I don't like certain kinds of stupid humor. I liked the Three Amigos, but hated Austin Powers. Potty humor doesn't do it for me. But this movie was surprisingly witty and funny without thinking it had to be disgusting to be humorous. There were a few parts I could have lived without, gladly, but overall you get what you think you are going to get, and more!

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