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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:
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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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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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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 »


(at around 10 mins) When Zohan is attempting to find Phantom and throws one of his goons off of the banister, you can see the ropes that are attached to him as he falls. See more »


[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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Spoofs The Addams Family (1991) See more »


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Great for a laugh!!!
20 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I can't believe the amount of people slagging off this movie. If you didn't want to see what you saw, why did you go see it?

I think some people have their genres confused when they start talking about 'shedding light on conflict' blah blah. What the hell? It's an Adam Sandler movie not Schindler's list.

It's not the greatest flick there ever was, but it did give me a great laugh! So what if the humor is silly? Most of his movies have an ample dosage of silly that I for one thoroughly appreciate!

I think Don't Mess with the Zohan is best seen knowing nothing about it and having no expectations. Therefore I'm not going to tell you the whole story aside from the ending like so many people. It's not about the story anyway.

In short, to those that appreciate humor of the Adam Sandler/Will Ferrel brand.

Get into it!

--Also for the ladies, Adam Sandler looks so very HOT in this!

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