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Zoolander

A movie directed by Ben Stiller

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Absurd & Hilarious

  • Aug 27, 2010
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+4
With preening self-importance and pouty narcissism already baked into the industry's DNA - torturing couture fashion almost certainly lacks good sportsmanship. Fashion has always been a satirists Piñata party so I was pleased that Zoolander went well beyond the clichéd "dumb model" premise to focus on the countless small affectations that make fashionistas well, fashionistas.

From the first scene where the shadowed, dimly recognizable outlines of fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and Donna Karan conspire to assassinate the Malaysian prime minister (whose new government threatens to outlaw clothing sweatshops) it is clear that the producers will gore every detail in the search for gut-busting comedy. Yes, Ben Stiller (Zoolander) and Owen Wilson (Hansel) are terrific as the vacuous supermodel savants who become unwittingly enlisted in the assassination plot - but, it is Will Ferrell and Ben's father, Jerry Stiller who steal the show. As an actor, Ferrell's trademark has been a glowering self-absorption that makes even his bad films worth the effort. As fashion-scion, "Mugatu" ("a defrocked member of `80s club band, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and inventor of the piano tie.") he is clearly at the top of his game and caused more than one of my friends to spit their drinks when he appeared on screen. His performance is classic and alone justifies the cost of the DVD. Finally, there's Jerry Stiller - wrapped in a designer jogging suit and 50 years of borscht belt shtick - Jerry's turn as "Balls" Model Agency Owner, Maury Ballstein is so Catskills lowbrow that not laughing is virtually impossible.

Escapist fun - highly recommended.

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review by . December 12, 2010
Zoolander, what can I say about Zoolander? Well, for starters, it's an incredibly fun movie that even if you try to dislike it, you can't. Another thing about it is that it is definitely an acquired taste. No matter how much I try to convince people that Zoolander is an awesome movie, some just won't believe me, and I can accept that, even if i don't personally agree.      For those of you who don't know, Zoolander is a movie about male models Derek Zoolander …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
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4.5 Stars: This Quick Tip is for those who are REALLY REALLY Good-Looking and can't read good... :)
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
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Possibly my favorite Ben Stiller movie. Some of the best one liners come from this movie and if you don't know anything about fashion...you'll still love it
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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Stupidly funny, Ben Stiller takes us into the cut-throat world of male modeling. Will Ferrell plays an amazing villain.
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
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super funny even though the actual concept its compleatly dumb. all of the characters play their parts so well its hard not to laugh.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Campy done well. Ben Stiller and cast do an excellent job in this parody of the fashion industry.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
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"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is". Took the words right out of my mouth... ;D
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
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I love any movie with you know who in it. I think he is one the best actors directors of our time right now!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
this is such a funny movie. i laughed from begining to end.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
what is this, a center for ants? love the all-star cast.
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Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Cuchovny, David Bowie, Jon Voight
Directed by Ben Stiller
Writer:  Drake Sather, Ben Stiller
2001

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Clear the runway for derek zoolander vh1s three-time male model of the year. His falls when hippie-chic hansel scooters in to steal this years award. The evil fashion guru mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn derek into a killing machine. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 01/04/2005 Starring: Ben Stiller Will Ferrell Run time: 89 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Ben Stiller
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Director: Ben Stiller
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 28 September 2001 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Ben Stiller, Drake Sather
Runtime: 89 min
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