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Zoolander (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  28 September 2001 (USA)
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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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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  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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The yo-yo scenes as shown by Owen Wilson's character Hansel were performed by professional yo-yo performer and Duncan Yo-Yo Company employee Steve Brown. 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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Gets better each time I watch it
25 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A really great take on the modelling world. Each Time I watch it I see something else that makes me howl with laughter. Out of all the Stiller/Wilson collaborations this is definitely the funniest. There is so much going on in the film and I love the way all the celebs join in on the joke. Zoolander has a great soundtrack a very humorous plot and is light enough to enjoy whatever the mood.

I would definitely recommend a few viewings before you make judgement. Will Ferrell is manic as Mugato and Wilsons Hansel is as laid back as all his all his characters. The scene in the coal mine is the best. Enjoy whilst partaking of an Orange Mocha Frappucino. More from the duo please or a Zoolander II

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