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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

 -  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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Lather. Rinse. Save the world. See more »

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

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Budget:

$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 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 »

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When you first see Mr. Walbridge in the boardroom with his team, the conference room appears to be as high as the 40th floor, yet you can hear street traffic as if it was at street level. Also, the windows are ceiling to floor and don't open, so there would be no street noise. The boardroom was actually a set built on a sound stage at Sony Culver Studios, any traffic noise was added in post production as a sound effect, mistakenly or otherwise. See more »

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[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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References Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) See more »

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Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja (Disco Dancer Remix)
Written by Anjaan and Bappi Lahiri
Performed by Bappi Lahiri
Remixed by Julius Dobos and Stuart Grusin (as Stu Grusin)
Courtesy of Saregama India Ltd.
By Arrangement with The Royalty Network Inc.
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13 March 2010 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is, at the same time, both one of the worst and one of the best pictures I've ever seen. It is vulgar, violent and tasteless. It also is very funny, very clever and very good satire. To give it a nine or give it a one... Decisions, decisions, decisions... I split the difference with a four. The movie probably manages to offend Palestinians and Israels equally. The language is offensive. The physical action with its almost juvenile concentration below the waist is disgusting. About the only routine they didn't use was igniting farts. But. It's still funny. And it dares to have some fun with the definitely unfunny situation in the middle east. It's worth a look. You'll either love it or hate it. Or, as in my case, both.


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