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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daoud Heidami ...
Dina Doron ...
Zohan's Mother (as Dina Doronne)


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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Lather. Rinse. Save the world. See more »


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No te metas con Zohan  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,531,374 (USA) (6 June 2008)


£5,200,666 (UK) (5 September 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 1h 40 mins) Adam Sandler's daughter Sadie Sandler and wife Jackie Sandler make an appearance at the end of the movie. His daughter is seen taking a "Goat Ride", while his wife holds onto her. See more »


When Zohan is cutting the little boy's hair, he reaches for the boy's shoulder with his left arm. When the camera angle changes, Zohan's right hand is on the boy's shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Adam Sandler (2008) See more »


I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time
Written by Mariah Carey, Aldrin Davis, Crystal Johnson, Mark DeBarge and Etterlene Jordan
Performed by Mariah Carey
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a Sample of "Stay With Me"
Performed by DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Comedy Gold!!!!
7 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie makes me laugh every single time I watch it. I am very much into the "Slapstick" type of comedy and this movie fits it like a glove. I Have always loved Adam Sandler movies because you always know you will be entertained. I can honestly say that there wasn't a point where I was watching this movie when I didn't laugh. If you love comedy WATCH THIS MOVIE you will not be disappointed. I really don't get why this movie has such a low rating. if you are looking for movies with deeper meanings and mind-blowing plots then by all means find a different movie.


If you want to sit back, relax and laugh until you physically cant anymore then you've found your movie. Enjoy ;)

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