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Zohan is a top Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: becoming a hairstylist in New York. Though he wants to put his life of counter-terrorism behind him, he quickly finds that it is not so easy to escape one’s roots. As enemies old and new try to take him out, they will all come to learn the same thing: you don’t mess with the Zohan.
Comedy - Like nearly all of Adam Sandler's films, this is a silly comedy with
its fair share of crude humor. The gags are more suggestive and
raunchy than the norm and push the boundaries of a PG-13 rating with
its constant sexual references and situations (though nudity is
rare), so parents of young children be warned.
PROFANITY: 9 S-words, 1 GD, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations without nudity; non-sexual rear nudity. VIOLENCE: Many fights; some stabbings; animal bites.. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Lots of raunchy humor; Arab/Israeli jokes; silly banter and slapstick.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Even die-hard Sandler lovers will likely acknowledge that their hero isn't firing on all cylinders here. As a ten-minute skit on Saturday Night Live, You Don't Mess with the Zohan might have worked. As a two-hour movie, it lacks the comedic energy to rise above a middling crowd of forgettable summer movies.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Sandler works so hard at this, and so shamelessly, that he battered down my resistance. Like a Jerry Lewis out of control, he will do, and does, anything to get a laugh. No thinking adult should get within a mile of this film. I must not have been thinking. For my sins, I laughed. Sorry. I'll try to do better next time.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average If one-note jokes that drag on too long or are worked into the ground aren't enough to trigger comic nausea, then perhaps the myriad uses of hummus will do the trick in You Don't Mess With the Zohan. The running hummus gags are an illustration of what is both right and wrong with this broad satire, which is sometimes funny, but ultimately disappointing.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 89 moviegoers:
TEENS: Most loved ZOHAN, both males and females, but as with most teen movies, there were a few who didn't care for this crude, sexual movie. Enough enjoyed it that I can easily recommend it for those that like this type of movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Most of the guys enjoyed it very much but only about half of the ladies enjoyed it. I would recommend it to the guys but the ladies should certainly take into consideration the somewhat strong content.
ADULTS: Most of the males enjoyed it very much. For a teen movie these are actually great reviews from adult males. The females reviews are decent but about half didn't care much for it. Guys, this may not be a movie you should take your lady to see. Take a buddy instead.
Israeli commando Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) – known throughout his country as The Zohan – is his country's most famous counter-terrorist. Highly skilled, seemingly indestructible, The Zohan is equally adept with the ladies as he is with taking out his enemies, including his nemesis, the Palestinian terrorist Phantom (John Turturro). But The Zohan has a secret… though he loves his country, he is tired of all the fighting, and he longs for an opportunity to make a break from the army and express his creativity by becoming a hairstylist. However, as long as he fights terrorism, The Zohan's dream is impossible, leading him to cry himself to sleep at night over images from the 1987 Paul Mitchell style book he keeps hidden in his bedroom.
The Zohan gets his chance when Phantom resurfaces. Instead of taking him out, The Zohan fakes his own death and escapes, leading a delighted Phantom to believe that he has finally offed The Zohan. Stowing away on a plane to New York with only a dream and the clothes on his back, The Zohan hides out in a cargo container with two dogs, Scrappy and Coco.
The Zohan's first stop is the Paul Mitchell salon, where he takes on his cover identity: "Scrappy Coco.” "Scrappy” expects to be hired but is mocked for his outdated ways. However, The Zohan is not to be stopped in his quest to make the world silky smooth.
After defending the meek Michael (Nick Swardson) following a traffic accident, The Zohan finds a place to stay – upstairs from Michael and his mother, Gail (Lainie Kazan), in their Brooklyn apartment.