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You Should Mess with the Zohan

Published June 6, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Sony Pictures
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You Don't Mess with the Zohan is the best Mossad agent turned hair stylist movie ever made. Seriously, it's actually really good and fun.

Review: You Don't Mess with the Zohan


Adam Sandler finally plays a character again. Zohan is not the soft voice/occasionally loud screamer guy. It's a character in the best SNL movie tradition, only he has way more jokes than the characters in those movies.

Zohan has super powers which he displays in the most silly ways. They have fun with stereotypes like Jewish guilt trips and hummus and they keep going with it. They never run out of funny things to dip in hummus.

The action is awesome even though it is all silly gags. Even though you're not supposed to take it seriously, the flipping and fighting and all the vulgar ways Zohan can use his body are as thrilling as The Bourne Identity. It's way bigger than is remotely necessary and it's great.

It's like Austin Powers for the political generation with the world of extreme superspies and a silly application to modern day life. Zohan tears up our world with his awesome antics, and the real New York is still peppered with extreme caricatures so it never loses the wonderful tone it establishes in the beginning. They never let up with the crazy super powers. Instead of sex, it's action, but there's sex too.



Zohan is Adam Sandler's best character in a decade, since Happy Gilmore. I was never into Bobby Bouchet and I do have a soft spot for Little Nicky. Robbie Hart was sweet and I enjoyed the darkness and bitterness of Punch Drunk Love and The Longest Yard. But this is a full on persona and he just goes for it, dancing outrageously every chance he gets.

They get in a real message about the violence in Israel. They touch on sentiment but bravo for addressing complex political issues in a ridiculous comedy.

You Don't Mess with the Zohan is an aggressive onslaught of comedy. There's way more funny stuff here than is in the trailer and they don't even run out of funny ways to do hair. I kind of thought that premise would be limited, but it has so much energy.
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