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Sunday, June 22, 2008

You Dont Mess With The Zohan - A Review

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Well you might not want to mess with the Zohan but you can sure afford to miss him!

Sandler plays the indestructible Zohan, a modern day Samson-like character who eats Palestinian terrorists for breakfast with a side of Hummus. But amidst all the blood shed and violence he secretly longs to move to America to cut and style hair, and so whilst on a mission against his elusive nemesis AKA "The Phantom", he fakes his own death and defects to the US of A where he pursues his dream to make the world silky and smooth.

Unfortunately, the premise is funnier than the actual film. There is a lot in this movie that your average teenage market may find appealing but that's not necessarily a good thing. He ends up cleaning shop for a Palestinian Hair Stylist awaiting his golden opportunity to prove himself and when he does he wins hundreds of new customers but not because of his 80's hair do's... let's just say it all goes down hill from hair as he goes above and below the call of duty and takes on the role of a male prostitute!

If you like a good intelligent quip then this isn't the film for you. Most of the jokes center around overt sexual innuendo, and a great deal of phallic imagery. In fact the funniest bit in the whole movie is a game of hacky sack where the ball is in fact a domestic cat!

Obviously this film doesn't miss the opportunity to over simplify the Palestinian/Israeli conflict either with some wishful thinking, and that's about it.

After all the conflict in the Middle East can NOT be oversimplified as it has been in this film. But then again it is just a stupid comedy after all.

The good thing about this movie is it is not necessarily anti-Semitic, and why would it be considering Adam Sandler's cultural heritage? However it does paint a picture of a very sexually preoccupied Jewish Male. On the other hand it's not really anti-Arab either, it just provides a good tongue-in-cheek ribbing. Whatever that means.

In any case as I drove home afterwards I said to my fiancée - "I'm so glad I didn't pay to see that"! So save yourself some money, put that $15 you were going to spend on this film into your gas tank and wait for it to come out on DVD!

 


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