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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  6 June 2008 (USA)
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An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist.

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Zohan Dvir works as a Special Agent and lives with his orthodox parents in Israel. He wants to give up this life full of dangerous encounters with Palestinians. While in the process of apprehending a Palestinian activist known simply as the Phantom, he fakes his death, hides in a dog-kennel on a plane bound for New York, and decides to try his hand as a hair-stylist. He is refused employment initially, but when he offers to work for free, Dahlia hires him as a cleaner. When a hair-stylist named Debbie quits, Zohan replaces her, winning over elderly female clientèle, and falling in love with Dahlia herself. Before Zohan could propose to her, Dahlia's landlord, Walbridge, who has been raising rents regularly, hires skinhead goons to terrorize the neighborhood, creates misunderstandings between Jews, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians, and drives them out, so as to enable him to construct a new building which is topped by a roller coaster. When Zohan decides to confront these skinheads, he... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,520,637 (UK) (15 August 2008)

Gross:

£5,200,666 (UK) (5 September 2008)
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Some of the jokes in the film are directly related to an old Saturday Night Live sketch, entitled "Sabra Price is Right". The sketch aired on 05/09/92 (_"Saturday Night Live' (1975) {Tom Hanks/Bruce Springsteen (#17.19)}'_) and the show was hosted by Tom Hanks. The specific jokes include the recurring "Disco! Disco! Good! Good!" saying, as well as "No-no-no-no-no-no". Also, the entire sketch revolves around bidding on cheap electronics that the host claims to have "Sony guts", or a variation of that brand, very similar to the electronics store salesmen in Zohan. The SNL sketch included many of the actors who appear in Zohan - Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Kevin Nealon, and Chris Rock. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) When Zohan is allowed to shampoo the hair of Mrs. Skitzer, he initially lays her back and visibly moves her long hair into the washing sink. In the very next cut, her hair is outside of the sink again. Then when he pulls the purple cover up over her body, her hair is again back inside the sink. See more »

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[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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Catch Me (I'm Falling)
Written by Vincent Correa and Jeanne Roberts
Performed by Pretty Poison
Courtesy of Chemical Entertainment
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It Was Funny
21 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read over the reviews from other IMDb users and am surprised how many mentioned that this film is "racist" or "insensitive". It begs the question: Are people going into to ADAM SANDLER films searching for serious or deep social and political commentary? This movie is a comedy and it stars Adam Sandler if you walk into that theater expecting anything except a stupid-funny movie then you need to instead leave the theater to go home and hit yourself in the face with a rock, after all it can't do more damage to your brain.

In the most simple of terms this movie stars Adam Sandler if you do not find him and his over the top antics funny then I would delicately suggest that you do not see his movies as I understand they are not for everyone. To preempt any whining from people saying that "Other Adam Sandler films made me laugh but this one was not the same" let me remind you that the movie you just saw was called You Don't Mess with the Zohan NOT Happy Gilmore. If you walked into this theater expecting to see Happy Gilmore then again let me remind you that you can actually buy Happy Gilmore on DVD and also there is a rock at home for your face. NEWSFLASH! Movies do have differences from one another and thank heavens they do or the only Adam Sandler movie we would ever have is Happy Gilmore recycled over and over.

Finally and perhaps most important of all this movie was never intended to somehow explain or even explore the difficult and tense situation in the Middle East it was not even necessarily supposed to poke fun at it. This movie was supposed to make you laugh. If you laughed and had a good time then who cares? Everyone in the theater with me was laughing through the movie and having a good time. That is what I look for in a comedy so thumbs up Sandler for a fun night out.


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