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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 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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Action | Comedy

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

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Also Known As:

No te metas con Zohan  »

Box Office

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$100,018,837 (USA) (5 September 2008)
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(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 »

Goofs

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 2006 World Series of Poker (2006) See more »

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Beautiful Life
Written by Jonas Berggren (as Jonas Petter Berggren) and John Ballard
Performed by Ace of Base
Courtesy of Playground Music Scandinavia AB
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At some point, people must learn to just sit back and enjoy a film
1 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

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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