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Red Redding messes with the ZOHAN!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... I loathe the trailer for ZOHAN. It is a rake across the frontal lobes - and is pure pain. I hate it. Now Red Redding here has seen a test screening of the film - but apparently this is an old fashioned rascistly charged comedy about Middle Easterners. Ya know, that's just what we need right now. Right?

Red Redding here with a quick review of You Don’t Mess with the Zohan Where do I even begin with this movie. This is probably one of the most offensive movies I have ever seen, in every way imaginable, but I guess I am sick enough to have laughed my ass off the entire time. This movie takes every stereotype of middle easterners and uses them in extremely offensive ways. If you are middle eastern, have middle eastern friends, or just don’t like racist jokes, this movie is definitely not for you at all. But if you are like me (and my buddy… and the audience) and can take racist jokes, then this movie should please. Plot: Hmmmmm…. Not much here but I will set it up somewhat. Adam Sandler plays Zohan who is an Israeli super soldier who can do anything he wants (breaking the laws of physics as he goes) who fights his nemesis the Phantom (John Turturro) who is a Palestinian terrorist (who is famous for being a terrorist?). Zohan wants the fighting to stop so he makes it look like the Phantom kills him and he goes to the US and becomes a hair stylist… yes that’s the story. There is a love story and a few subplots, but they seriously do not matter at all. What Worked: If you like Adam Sandler and racist jokes, the two combined make for a pretty damn funny movie (I mean Robert Smigel , Adam Sandler, and Judd Apatow wrote the damn thing) with some pretty clever, albeit absurd comedy… this is just below Anchorman silly and the action reminded me of Kung Fu Hustle; like a cartoon. The movie is pretty much Sandler’s show and he is a Master of physical comedy. There are also some hilarious cameos that I wont spoil, but they seriously come out of nowhere and are pretty effective. There are many sexual references that are damn funny and seriously everything with Zohan in the salon is hilarious. This movie has some good belly laughs, but it is pretty much all physical comedy. What Didn’t Work: I never get movies like this that actually try to implement a love story AND two enemies and everything needs to be tied up at the end. That is why Anchorman is so damn funny because there is no plot and it knows it. They try with the love story and it is dumb (even though his love interest is gorgeous) and they have the rich white man trying to put them out of business. Seriously, what the hell is this doing here? Just let Sandler do his thing and that’s it. Sadly, Rob Schneider, who is usually pretty damn funny in Sandler movies, is pretty unfunny (not his fault he just has a thankless role). Finally, when the movie hits about the ¾ mark and starts to wrap things up, there are not many jokes because the “story” needs to end. Speaking of the length, this movie is 2 hours and it feels longer, which isn’t good for this type of comedy. Conclusion: I haven’t seen the last two Adam Sandler comedies (Click and I Now Pronounce…) and I am pretty glad I saw this one. It’s strange because the movie is so silly, yet so offensive that some audiences might be pretty confused on what is happening. If you have thick skin and don’t mind silliness, then this movie will be a good experience. Personally, I think it is one of the funnier movies Sandler has done in some time. If it seems I bashed this too much, it is just because I think that they could cut 15-20 minutes and it would be much better. As is, this is a 7/10.
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  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega

    test

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    2nd

    by dkurina73

    always wanted to do that, btw, this movie will be terrible.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I Won't Mess With This Movie

    by Mullah Omar

    Because Adam Sandler films do not even slightly interest me.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:14 a.m. CST

    "If you like Adam Sandler and racist jokes..."

    by Kurutteru Yatsu

    Way to sell the concept. I can't wait to run to my nearest multiplex now.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    So, what the fuck is a "Zohan"?

    by Preacher_mg

    I'm israeli and there's no such name as "Zohan" here. I don't mind racist humor even if it's pointed at insraelis such as myself, and I'd go see the movie if it were as funny as, say, The Hebrew Hammer, but having Rob Schneider in it is an indication it isn't even that.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    "who is famous for being a terrorist?"

    by J-Dizzle

    There's guy called Osama bin Laden, you may have heard of him....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    If you enjoy this, you have a flaw in your character

    by IndustryKiller!

    And it has nothing to do with any perceived racism or material I might find offensive, it has everything to do with the fact that you are an easily entertained simpleton. What kind of fucking moron thinks this has any redeeming comedic value? Seriously, how fucking stupid do you have to be to find anything in the trailer, or hell anything Adam Sandler has done in ten years, funny? What kind of cro-magnon joke of a human being?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    "Click" was fucking unbearable.

    by cinemixtape.com

    And that's saying a lot compared to Sandler's other films. I probably won't see thiss. I love how this guy keeps apologizing for laughing. It's OK, dude. Harry (and others) just have sticks up their asses about this kind of stuff. But I'm still not gonna see this. Or maybe I will, now that I think about it.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Zohander

    by beetlegeuse

    Looks like Sandler saw Zoolander and said "I can do that"

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Anchorman was "funny"?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    borat anyone?

    by frank2pointfive

    the review reminds me of borat. as did sandler's fake accent. am i the only one?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Just based on the preview, I can't WAIT to see this...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Don't Mess With The Zohan was one of the FUNNIEST previews I'd ever seen in the theatre. I had NO idea what it was, I generally DON'T like Adam Sandler films, but I honestly couldn't stop laughing when this thing popped up on the screen! It looks great! :D<p>Ironically, they showed this right before screening The Kite Runner (which was even better than the previews)...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Ugh

    by haggardatbest

    I will never. Ever. EVER. see this movie.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    I hear Rob Schneider has a cameo as a wacky suicide bomber

    by The Grey Ghost

    It's great to see Adam Sandler bringing the magic of World War II propaganda films into the 21st century.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Sandler's best film remains to be..

    by Hideo Kojima

    Little Nicky. Yeah. I said it.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Sandler's best film remains to be..

    by Hideo Kojima

    Little Nicky. Yeah. I said it.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Schneider as suicide bomber would rule...

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    As long as it leads to him, in real life, accidentally getting on a plane to Syria where he can pay for his crimes against humanity -- like every un-fucking-funny movie the guy has ever been in. If there's a celebrity other than Paris Hilton that I'd pay to watch die on PPV, it would be Rob Schneider...or Andy Dick. And Johnny Fairplay.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    You can tell it will be shit

    by kuryakin

    Because the poster has the name of the movie in red block capitals. Seriously, it's like graphic designers are giving us a message - Alright, I'll make up a poster but I'm putting the name of your movie in red block capitals so everyone knows how shit it will be. See for reference Norbit, Scary Movie, any comedy with Robin WIlliams, the list goes fucking on....

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I didn't need to see the poster to know it would suck.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    I just had to read that Rob Schneider was in it. And Robin Williams doesn't always suck...he only sucks 97.5 per cent of the time.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "he is a Master of physical comedy"

    by One-Eyed Willy

    The three stooges, maybe. Chaplin and Keaton, definitely. Sandler? He has the same 2 line deliveries in every movie; twitchy or sarcastic-falsetto. Don't get me wrong, I can chuckle (at least once) at most Sandler movies, especially his earlier stuff. His "comedies" at this point remind me of those group of actors from college that go on to form a theater company, producing the same second-rate shit for years without growing. With the same damn inside jokes and lack on perspective. I think Sandler does best these days when he steps away from his "college buddies" and does things like Reign Over Me, where a new set of eyes directs. But as far as physical comedy goes, not even on the radar.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    To me, the appeal of Adam Sandler is a mystery, like

    by CreasyBear

    Stonehenge, or Bigfoot. I love clever comedy, I love stupid comedy like Airplane! and Spinal Tap, but I've found NOTHING in any Adam Sandler movie -- including Happy Gilmore and those other early ones -- that makes me laugh. Like when you see a horrible trailer for something like that Rock NFL adopts a little girl movie, and the whole theater laughs uproariously, and you are feeling like the only sane person in the building.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Okay, Sandler's humor is infantile, but

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    when I saw the trailer for this a while ago I knew it was a movie I needed to see. I don't like all his movies. I'd say I enjoy about 2/3 of them. It sucks because the one he filmed in my hometown really blew chunks. This is no work of high art here, but if you saw the trailer, you may understand the appeal of this one a little better. Okay, just found it. Here we go. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9jt1OHyagI Don't look for the abbreviated trailer, check out the official one. Then, let the comments good or bad come flying out. By the way Punch Drunk Love sucked.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Rob Schneider is funny in small doses.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I've loved all his cameos in the Sandler movies. In large doses he's just not my thing. Hey Poppin Fresh you're wrong about Williams. He doesn't suck 97.5 percent of the time. He sucks 98 percent of the time. Hey, ever see that character he played where he talks really fast, makes a lot of pop culture references and shakes his arms about while ignoring authority figures?

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia... PLANT!

    by juggygales1000

    Are you kidding me? This is an effin' plant if I ever saw one. This trailer is not funny and this movie looks unwatchable. As far as the cameos go, I'll bet they include David Spade (Surprise!), Kevin Nealon (wow!), one of the leftover Farley brothers (Surprise again!), etc... I might watch this on cable if I see it one night flipping channels in 2009.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Turturro is a friggin chameleon. He's been

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    nerded up, uglied up, made to look cool, made to took handsome. Acts cool, acts dorky. It all depends on the role. First time I remember seeing him was in Spike's movies. He goes from being this big bad tough Italian in Do the Right Thing, to being this doormat of a guy in Jungle Fever. I was a lot younger, but I couldn't even tell it was the same guy at first. I have no idea why. It wasn't the looks. Maybe it was the shift between the two charactes.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Sandler should stick to producing

    by slone13

    Grandma's Boy was quite possibly the funniest movie I've seen in the last decade.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Emmanuelle Chriqui is in this

    by thebearovingian

    That will probably get me to see this. <p>Open letter to Emmanuelle Chriqui: I love you...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    No plant would EVER call its movie racist

    by enrique_o_k2000

    Unless "it's racist but it's good!" is some sort of new viral marketing fad...

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I'm an idiot...

    by mooseaka

    ... because I laughed during the trailer. Multiple times. Particularly during the part with his feet kicking the guy. My biggest complaint was that it seemed like it was an obvious combination/ripoff of Borat (fish out of water - hilarity ensues) and Hot Fuzz (supercop trying to adjust to simpler lifestyle, but then ends up having to be supercop after all). I haven't really liked any Sandler movies since Happy and Madison, but I'm going to give this a shot.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Emmanuelle Chriqui? Forget what I said.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    This movie is going to be awesome. And Grandma's Boy was pretty awesome. <p> <p> Oh yeah, GC Binks, I'll admit, the 98 per cent figure is probably more accurate.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Anchorman was crap

    by Newmark

    One of the worst movies I've seen. I don't remember laughing even once. I guess people find stupidity funny, that's why movies with plain stupid characters are passed as comedies.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    You're right mooseaka

    by IndustryKiller!

    You are an idiot in that case....just sayin'.

  • Feb. 13, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I Thought This Came Out Last Summer...

    by El Fuego

    wasn't that the one where Sandler did all the gay shit? I could've sworn the dude from King of Queens was in it as well, but I didn't see him in this particular trailer. Yeah, kidding aside, this looks like a turd. The feet thing was kinda funny, but being a flamboyant haircutter in and of itself isn't especially funny. If it's got Turturro, it's got a chance... but based on that trailer and the superbowl spot... I'm going to avoid this like the plague.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Whatever you think

    by Series7

    I loved Little Nicky and this looks like the closet Sandler movie to compare it too. At least when Sandler tries some dumb idea he goes all the way with it. I perfer those movies to his cool guys shtick like in the Burt Reynolds remake/Big Daddy/Larry and Chuckles.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 2:49 a.m. CST

    cant wait

    by slkboxrman

    i have not seen one adam sandler comedy i didnt like...all hillarious...cant wait.....racist jokes ? who cares ? how many racist jokes about white people are in almost every black comedy, just an example....should be quite good, and i loved the trailer.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    lol

    by slkboxrman

    i think AICN is industrykillers myspace...he cant seem to leave and is always posting....and suprisingly its always negative.

  • Feb. 14, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Sandler running out of ideas and has to rip off Borat, now?

    by Lemming

    .