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Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 September 2001 (USA)
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

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Ben Stiller

Writers:

Drake Sather (character Derek Zoolander), Ben Stiller (character Derek Zoolander) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson ... Hansel
Christine Taylor ... Matilda Jeffries
Will Ferrell ... Mugatu
Milla Jovovich ... Katinka
Jerry Stiller ... Maury Ballstein
David Duchovny ... J.P. Prewitt
Jon Voight ... Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander ... Scrappy Zoolander
Nathan Lee Graham ... Todd
Alexandre Manning Alexandre Manning ... Brint (as Alexander Manning)
Asio Highsmith ... Rufus
Alexander Skarsgård ... Meekus
Donald Trump ... Donald Trump
Christian Slater ... Christian Slater
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Storyline

Derek Zoolander is VH1's three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander's world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that he's not good as a model anymore. But when evil fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugatu has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it's too late? Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derek Zoolander See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,525,043, 30 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,172,250

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,780,981
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Katinka (Milla Jovovich) calls Mathilda "Kmart", in reference to her low fashion clothing from the store. In the Resident Evil film franchise, there is a character named "Kmart" (played by Spencer Locke). See more »

Goofs

At St. Adonis Cemetery, J.P. Prewitt states Abraham Lincoln was assassinated because he ended slavery, since it was slaves who made the powdered wigs and leggings. Both of these items were outdated by the 1860s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
(Announcer): And here in Malaysia, there is an almost overwhelming sense of euphoria as the newly-elected prime minister has given this nation a gift of hope promising to raise the substandard minimum wage and end child labor once and for all. Already considered a living saint he has become this small country's greatest hope for a thriving future in the new millennium.
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Alternate Versions

Additional scenes on DVD include:
  • Additional celebrity interviews outside the VH1 Fashion Awards of Donatella Versace and Moby
  • Extended walk-off footage of Derek and Hansel doing Elvis Presley moves, and then Derek doing Bob Fosse moves
  • Extended coal mine sequence starts with the Zoolander men sitting in the mine shaft elevator turning on their helmets; later Derek talks to a miner who can't breathe down in the mine
  • Extended sequence of Derek walk home from the Fashion Awards: the car that splashes him in the face a limo full of supermodels who invite Derek to a sex party--he declines; he goes to a nightclub where he fights his way past six bouncers through increasingly-smaller VIP rooms to tell off Hansel--who's talking with a sycophantic Winona Ryder about how bogus awards shows are and that he didn't feel any ill will about Derek trying to take the award from him--in the smallest one, and Derek is physically ejected from the place--explaining the limp he has when he gets home
  • Extended scene of Matilda interviewing Derek: his support crew give her a look when she suggests that his "Ferrari," "Blue Steel," and "Le Tigre" looks are all identical, then he rolls his eyes when she says she works for Time magazine.
  • Alternate hypnosis sequence at Mugatu's spa leaves out the justification of child labor
  • Extended Zoolander Center commercial footage: a sufficiently cleaned-up J.P. Prewitt teaches history there, saying that the pyramids were built by male models; his left hand has also shriveled up
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Cocktails
by Rick Cassman & Vyv Hope-Scott
Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
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A Classic of the Idiot Genre
18 December 2004 | by erialc0See all my reviews

Since Zoolander was released, I think I can safely say that it's become one of the most popular dumb comedies of the past ten years (a decade that was all too saturated with dumb comedies). Maybe it's the tongue-in-cheek attitude, or the clever writing, or the fact that it's immensely quotable ("I'm pretty sure there's more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking"). But whatever it is, it makes for a terrifically fun movie.

Ben Stiller is Derek Zoolander, three-time male model of the year, whose brainpower never quite caught up to his really, really ridiculous good looks. After losing his title to up-and-coming model Hansel (he's so hot right now), played by a Zen-ed out Owen Wilson, and the death of three of his model friends in a tragic gasoline fight accident, he goes on a quest to find his purpose in life. Turns out, his purpose in life is as the face of Mugatu (Will Ferrel with the world's best hair)'s new Derelicte fashion campaign--or so he's led to believe.

The plot is not strong. The characters are not fleshed out. But Ben Stiller keeps Derek's stupidity hysterical instead of irritating, and the rest of the cast adds gimmick after gimmick to keep things running. (Come on, the coal mines of New Jersey? Tell me that's not funny.)


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