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

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,520,637 (UK) (15 August 2008)

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£5,200,666 (UK) (5 September 2008)
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Throughout the film, Zohan and other Israeli characters use various Hebrew words and phrases, including: Aba (father), Ima (Mother), b'seder (okay), and Yiddish words, including: faygelah (homosexual), tuches (butt). See more »

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Israel plays Lebanon in the hacky sack tournament, yet the Israeli flag is shown with the Palestinian flag. There is actually a mix of Palestinian and Lebanese (cedar tree) flags in the crowd, large numbers of Palestinians still live in refugee camps in Lebanon and would support any team playing against Israel. See more »

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Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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I Wanna Sex You Up
Written by Elliott Straite, Willie Clarke, Betty Wright, Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Kevin Thornton and Sam Watters
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By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I haven't laughed this hard in quite a long time....
9 June 2008 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

The critics are out in full force and tearing this movie a new one. I can understand some of the criticism, it's a brainless comedy chop full of cliché jokes, stereotypes, crude toilet humor, so it's to be expected that it's going to receive a lot of negativity.

With that said, that's exactly why I loved this movie so much. I'm a movie buff, have over 2,000 DVDs in my collection. I love virtually every movie genre there is. So, I knew full well what I was getting myself into before I paid my ten dollars and a Coke the size of Zohan's crotch.

What I loved about this movie so much, was that the jokes never stopped coming. I've watched all of Sandlers movies, many of them have long breaks of nothing much to get in stitches about. Sandler is the type of actor that I look to for this sort of humor. When you're having a bad day and want to watch a brainless, popcorn flick that will most likely have you cracking up virtually the entire movie, then I suggest you see this movie as soon as possible.

This is another reason why I love Sandler so much. He's not afraid to push the envelope to garner a laugh. He knows he's capable of doing a more serious role and have success. I know how good he was in Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, but he's very versatile and I can't complain about an actor with that quality.

I gave this a 7 out of 10, I'm not afraid to admit that I liked the Zohan.., and I certainly wouldn't mess with him!


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