You Don't Mess with the Zohan (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 12 2008

Combining – perhaps for the first time ever – hypersensitive geopolitics with Spandex groin-bulge jokes, this sees Adam Sandler as a swaggering, bubble-permed Mossad agent who struts around Tel Aviv in denim cut-offs and skin-tight Mariah Carey T-shirts, kicking Palestinian ass. Weary of this cycle of violence, he decides to fake his death and follow his dream of becoming a hairdresser in New York City. This undeniably captivating premise turns out to be another sloppily concocted and naggingly non-controversial pretext for Sandler to pelvic thrust his way though a succession of increasingly wacky fish-out-of-water situations, with the intricacies of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict dusted with sugar and served up as inane plot filler.

Sandler’s Zohan is a garishly sketched melange of Ali G’s gormless ladies man and Borat’s wide-eyed naïf, and despite a screenplay co-written by current comedy sage Judd Apatow, he’s such a jarringly two-dimensional creation that there’s nowhere to send him beyond that sparklingly irreverent set-up. On the plus side, the film does have an amiably dreamlike approach to cultural stereotyping, for some reason plucking hummus, hacky sack and an unspecified orange liquid called ‘Fizzy Bubblech’ from the Israeli character profile to use at the centre of numerous recurring, though frequently uninspired, sight gags. John Turturro – whose scream is one of the most joyous sounds in cinema – picks up some of Sandler’s slack as terrorist and kebab-shop franchisee The Phantom, but it’s not enough to save this odd little mess.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Aug 15, 2008

Duration:

113 mins

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sam

I thought that movie was lame and sucked ass!!! The movie promo looked amazing, but man... was I disappointed. Save your money. Trust me.

luke

adam sandler is the best actor in the world.tthis is my favourite film ever . it is amazing . always makes me laugh. adam is the best in it love luke xxx

luke

adam sandler is the best actor in the world.tthis is my favourite film ever . it is amazing . always makes me laugh. adam is the best in it love luke xxx

Rob

What a time to bring the DVD out...what could be more inappropriate when Adam Sandler plays a mock israeli thrusting his pelvis and joking about the palistians "starting it" when there are images in the media portraying children crying and covered in blood in the steets of Gaza. Shocking - this should have been banded and seen Sandler finally demoted to the streets of failed comedy careers

stephen

this film is a work of staggering Genius. It works on many different levels: a simple slapstick comedy, zany and surreal comedy and above all, it's a parody. You may have to be Jewish, Zionist or Palestinian to understand the extent to which it firstly parodies the cliches and stereotypesand then, secondly, tgoes on to parody itself! Even the ending (which I have to admit drags quite a bit) is a self mocking parody of the sentimental let's all love each other ending. It's zany, crazy and incredibly funny

stephen

this film is a work of staggering Genius. It works on many different levels: a simple slapstick comedy, zany and surreal comedy and above all, it's a parody. You may have to be Jewish, Zionist or Palestinian to understand the extent to which it firstly parodies the cliches and stereotypesand then, secondly, tgoes on to parody itself! Even the ending (which I have to admit drags quite a bit) is a self mocking parody of the sentimental let's all love each other ending. It's zany, crazy and incredibly funny

Lam

The most vile of movies. It is a z-class "comedy". There was a lot of potential for a movie with the story-line as it was to have been made so much better. My wife and I had leave hafl-way through. Cheap, nasty, untasteful.

usman khawaja

DO NOT MESS WITH THESE SEXUAL PERVERTS -this was a more appropriate title for this spoof on israel-arabs -jews and muslims alike ,sandler plays a secret agent with a padded crotch who thinks that jokes about the penis ,female anatomy,dirty old women ,and the tight purses of arabs and jews are very funny . the men here keep their cash in their padded briefs rather then wallets and call their private parts schnitzels ,this could almost be anti-semitic until it emarks on showing white people as even more evil stereotypes ,all white grannys are nymphomaniacs wanting sex with younger middle eastern studs with foreign accents and all white men become greedy conglomerate businessmen with their suits and ties , the political views of this fraternity are restricted to how desirable the wives of american presidential candidates are and of course everyone from mckay to hilary herself crops up in the sex talk , sandler really runs out of steam here as he should have devised some jokes before taking such an ambitious project of making a spoof on the arab-israeli conflict which is ongoing now for 2000 years ,this falls apart after 20 minutes . a typical dialogue describes hummous as a white diarrhea -like substance in the opinion of an american - rather painful and perverted

Aggie

Adam Sandler at his best. Really funny movie, definetely not for kids, only for those adults who like to laugh, for those who know something about Israel and Jews. Really enjoyed it and so did my friends. Laughed all the way through the movie. Just a note: I am not a ditsy blonde with IQ below 100.

Aggie

Adam Sandler at his best. Really funny movie, definetely not for kids, only for those adults who like to laugh, for those who know something about Israel and Jews. Really enjoyed it and so did my friends. Laughed all the way through the movie. Just a note: I am not a ditsy blonde with IQ below 100.

Lauren

Absoloutly loved this film!! Hilarious!! A must see for those with a sense of humour!! Its a bit crude for some peoples taste, but i thought it was legendary! xD

Lauren

Absoloutly loved this film!! Hilarious!! A must see for those with a sense of humour!! Its a bit crude for some peoples taste, but i thought it was legendary! xD

Lew

I have vowed never to go to the cinema for a night out if there's nothing on I particularly want to see. Despite what my friend thought - as she loved it for some reason - I couldn't stand it. This is possibly one of the worst films I've ever seen! I don't know what's funnier or entertaining... this film or an evening with John Major.

cathy

this should be a 15 not a twelveA, i took my 10 yr ols son and left after 40 minutes the worst film in history. Not once did I laugh and I will normally laugh at most things.

Heather

this film is the worst film ever sooooa boaring i was falling to sleep in it DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

badman6882

this flim is the best i thought it was funny,lots of action and cool adam sandler is like the best actor

badman6882

this flim is the best i thought it was funny,lots of action and cool adam sandler is like the best actor

davey jones

absolutely brilliant,..... if youve never seen a film before in your life. Otherwise, this is a total shambles, bringing the most bizzare story plot that is confusing at most times and merely got any laughs when i went to see it at the cinemas. Disappointing, with the sandler playing a mossad agent wanting to be a hardresser? little humor and almost requiring subtitles cos half of the time its hard to understand sadlers israeli speaking attempts. Overall, would not recommend to go and see if you havent seen already

Cookie

As a big Adam Sandler fan i had high hopes for this film and it really deliverd which laughes throughout and a great and amusing storyline. A real new spin on comedy and a really fun film. A great way to loose yourself for a couple of hours on a rainy day.

Cookie

As a big Adam Sandler fan i had high hopes for this film and it really deliverd which laughes throughout and a great and amusing storyline. A real new spin on comedy and a really fun film. A great way to loose yourself for a couple of hours on a rainy day.

mariah

it was so awsome and sexy! i dont know whats wrong with all u crazy people sayin itz bad! it rox!

mariah

it was so awsome and sexy! i dont know whats wrong with all u crazy people sayin itz bad! it rox!

Luke

I Personally felt that was film was good, but not great. It had a few of it's cringing moments, which it could have probably done without. Adam Sandler acted very well throughout the film, with a fairly convincing middle eastern accent. However the script is it's downfall, there wern't that many funny jokes and gags. The jokes that were funny were only really humourous to adults, jokes that children wouldn't understand. There is the odd bit of nudity here and there but is covered up in the right places, and there isn't alot of foul language. 12A is about right for the age rating. Overall though I would say it was an enjoyable film with a good storyline, but not so good script. Fun to watch nonetheless. I give this 3 stars.

Sarah

LOVED This film! So yeh it was abit rudee.. but to the people who were saying it should be an 18? wth! have you seen 18's? i think its good as a 12a but should mension sexual content at the start! still a hilarious film, a few auquard gags but id rate it 5* :D

Sarah

LOVED This film! So yeh it was abit rudee.. but to the people who were saying it should be an 18? wth! have you seen 18's? i think its good as a 12a but should mension sexual content at the start! still a hilarious film, a few auquard gags but id rate it 5* :D

who&#039;s the daddy

slightly OTT but good jokes - a completely new view of the middle east conflict; loved the "Hisbollah - terrorist - help line"... which was either busy or temporally suspended till break-down of peace talks... well researched and true, is it? Probably!!! Not too serious but fun for everyone - certainly not 12A though!

who&#039;s the daddy

slightly OTT but good jokes - a completely new view of the middle east conflict; loved the "Hisbollah - terrorist - help line"... which was either busy or temporally suspended till break-down of peace talks... well researched and true, is it? Probably!!! Not too serious but fun for everyone - certainly not 12A though!

zack

Pathetic. And how it got under 15 is a mystery. Poor scrpit only got a few half hearted chuckles

Benjamin

Truly Brilliant as with all adam sandlers movies! very entertaining and extremly funny,

Benjamin

Truly Brilliant as with all adam sandlers movies! very entertaining and extremly funny,

Mother

The film was very funny except for one part where he seemed to be desperate for laughs and at this point the humour became too gross. However, it has in my opinion been misclassified, it should have been rated 18 due to some of the content that I do not feel young people need to see, some of the sexual imagery and the scene with the cat should have been cut if it was going to be rated 12A. It is not for children. Based on the misclassification I can only rate it 2 stars, otherwise it would have had 4 or 5

cutie

dont write a comment unless you have seen the movie ive seen it and think its good please hold your tong on the bad languege

cutie

dont write a comment unless you have seen the movie ive seen it and think its good please hold your tong on the bad languege

MartinR

This was awful - racist rubbish, not funny well you might like it if you though Bernard Manning type jokes about 'pakis & Wogs' was OK. I hated this made me very angry. The idea its all a problem because people just won't stop hating each other and its both sides fault only works if your politicaly illiterate. Not clever, not ironic rubbish

rachel

'was that your feet?' 'yes that was my feet, te feet uppercut, smell it smell it now take it' thud! lol!

rachel

'was that your feet?' 'yes that was my feet, te feet uppercut, smell it smell it now take it' thud! lol!

lesley

Not for 12 year olds , i love adam sandler but not one of his better movies. Very poor script.

Kazza

I think everbody who goes to see this film will have an idea of the kind that it is going to be, that is if you don't like typical Adam Sandler, easy to follow, easy to laugh at films, the type that we have come to expect from Sandler then I think you know this isn't for you. Don't go expecting Shakespeare, its obviously not, and that's the beauty of it. This is Sandler comedy at its best. I loved it, I love him, he can do no wrong in my eyes so the film was everything I expcted it to be and will be adding it to my collection of Adam Sandler DVDs when it's out.

Kazza

I think everbody who goes to see this film will have an idea of the kind that it is going to be, that is if you don't like typical Adam Sandler, easy to follow, easy to laugh at films, the type that we have come to expect from Sandler then I think you know this isn't for you. Don't go expecting Shakespeare, its obviously not, and that's the beauty of it. This is Sandler comedy at its best. I loved it, I love him, he can do no wrong in my eyes so the film was everything I expcted it to be and will be adding it to my collection of Adam Sandler DVDs when it's out.

Dianne Love

This was such a funny movie, ha ha Adam Sandler s hilarious as he plays the part of Zohan. I reccommend it for everyone of all ages. It is very silly in places but very funny too. Oh please do MY hair Zohan!!!

Dianne Love

This was such a funny movie, ha ha Adam Sandler s hilarious as he plays the part of Zohan. I reccommend it for everyone of all ages. It is very silly in places but very funny too. Oh please do MY hair Zohan!!!

Coolboy

The worst film I have seen all year closely followed by superhero movie. DO NOT WATCH

Ian

some good gags but also some cringeworthy bad jokes. All in all it's good for Sandler fans like myself and maybe not for others. Defo should not be a 12A, there was parents takng their children out of the cinema in droves today... Someone at the film board has lost their marbles classifying this, same goes for batman...

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