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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's Mother (as Dina Doronne)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,531,374, 8 June 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,018,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,936,011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film, Zohan and other Israeli characters use various Hebrew words and phrases, including: Abba (father), Ema (Mother), B'seder (okay), and Yiddish words, including: faygelah (homosexual), tuches (butt). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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Connections

Referenced in Real Rob: Opening Night (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Excellent
Written by Alessandro 'Alle' Benassi (as Alessandro Benassi)
Performed by Mobbing
Courtesy of Off Limits, Italy
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User Reviews

 
At some point, people must learn to just sit back and enjoy a film

I've been a fan of Adam Sandler for much of my life. . . all the way back to his SNL and 'Airheads' days. I've seen him go through many phases, from some great films like 'Punch-Drunk Love,' 'Reign Over Me,' and 'Big Daddy' to some of his lower-end films like 'Eight Crazy Nights' and 'Little Nicky.'

'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' is not one of his best films, but it's still enjoyable. Personally, I'd place it along the comedic quality of 'Billy Madison'. . . contains mostly sight gags and juvenile humour. But, c'mon. . . sometimes that's what we need. Our world is going to Hell, so shouldn't we have some relief from the pain and torment we must witness on a daily basis? No. It's not a great film. But it's funny and stupid and entertaining. And that's the reason to see it. . . don't expect a comedic masterpiece like 'His Girl Friday' or 'Forrest Gump.' Expect what the film actually as and accept it as such. . . if it's not for you, then it wasn't MEANT for you.

Final verdict: 6.5/10.


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