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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

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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  »

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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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Did You Know?


This movie marks the last on-screen appearance of renowned make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin. See more »


When Derek is looking in the puddle after the male model of the year awards, he gets splashed by a passing vehicle and has mud on his face. In the next scene when Hansel is riding by on his scooter, Derek's face is clean, as if never being splashed by the mud. 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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A hilarious 'poke' at the fashion industry
27 June 2004 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

When Zoolander came out, I remember big deal plugs that were made for this film by the media. The movie, after all, is poking fun at entertainment, in particular, the fashion and model industry. This was a hilarious take on it, and Zoolander, our main character, is stupidly lovable. Ben Stiller proves once again his flexibility with his comedic acting. Just watch 'Meet the Parents'and this, you'll think it's 2 different actors. Showing you how much work Ben can do, he also helped write and produce the movie. Owen Wilson usually ends up in a movie with Ben, and he's hilarious too. And of course Will Ferrell is always a riot. Read the Plot Outline in the details, there's not much to it. But you don't watch movies like this for incredible story lines, do you?

No, it's not an oscar winning comedy, most aren't. It's not an intelligent look at real-life, it's not the greatest storyline driven kind of movie, and it doesn't have top notch acting. But it's incredibly funny, especially the DVD. The DVD is filled with so many extra goodies, it's worth getting. The movie is filled with cameos like David Bowie, Paris Hilton, Billy Zane, AH! There are so many, you just have to see the list yourself.

Rent or buy it, and leave your brain on the table next to the popcorn. Because there's more to life then being really, really, ridiculously smart.

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