You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (2008)

YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHANCast Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan, Rob Schneider
Director(s) Dennis Dugan
Writer(s) Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow
Genre(s) Comedy
Release Date June 6, 2008
MPAA Rating PG-13 – for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity

I just saw the pre-screening of this movie last night, and take it from me, this is one of the BEST Adam Sandler movies ever. It’s not his typical fare, as his character does not resemble his typical persona at all, but it is definitely shoulders above much of his work in the past. Absolutely on the level on movies such as Happy Gilmore, maybe better in its own way. Now don’t get me wrong, all of the humor is juvenile and the movie is certainly not going to win any Oscars, but expect people to be quoting it left and right, cause nearly every line is hilarious. Look out for this movie guys, cause its going to be a hit, without a doubt.

Adam Sandler has hit or miss movies and this one was a big MISS for me. Just so you get a feel for the ones I liked or tolerated (Punchdrunk Love, Spanglish, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Big Daddy, Click). Ones I disliked (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Chuck & Larry, Little Nicky).
If you’re into potty jokes and unsophisticated sexual humor, this might be your kind of movie, because there’s plenty of it. I’m surprised this is probably getting a PG-13 rating. Some of the jokes in the movie worked and were genuinely funny, but for the most part, Zohan was raunchy with low-brow sexual jokes galore. If you take out the vulgar sexual jokes, you don’t have much of a movie and probably lose about 30-45 minutes of footage, which would scale this movie down to about 45 minutes and could be shown as an hour long TV special with 15 minutes of ads.
I saw several people walk out during the screening of this movie and I personally felt inclined to follow their lead but only stayed in my seat in hopes that the movie would redeem itself with a better outcome. Man, what a letdown. I went with 3 other friends. 3 of us hated it and 1 of my friends just thought it was tolerable.

He’s an Israeli anti terrorist who is the best at what he does, on a super human level. The movie opens with a hacky sack sequence where he uses his bare ass to catch the sack and the camera shows it too. I did not need to see that. A more subtle camera angle that could have implied what happened would have been more tasteful, but then again, there’s no accounting for tastes in this movie. You see him banging old women in the hair salon he works in and he even has sex with the mother of his newfound friend. The humor is so over the top that my suspension of disbelief hit a wall. Mariah Carey makes a cameo as herself in the movie, and the scenes with her in it work for the most part, but they could have used a fictitious celebrity and it would not have changed the outcome of the humor. There are ethnic jokes and jokes about racial tension in the Middle East that just don’t work very well because of the current situation. Lots of jokes (review imdb.com)

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