- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount Studio
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00003CXPJ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,048 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
After losing a male modeling award to the dreaded Hansel and his 3 best friends die in a terrible accident, Derek retires from modeling. But he gets a call from Mugatu, a fashion designer who never hires him, to star in an upcoming show. Mugatu brainwashes Derek into killing the prime minister of Malaysia so he can continue to run sweatshops with child labor there.
Starring Stiller's father Jerry and wife Christine Taylor, this satire is hilarious, full of visual gags that are very witty in today's media-saturated world.
Although there are several scenes of note, it is Stiller's over-the-top, exaggerated performance (complete with silly walk and frown) that make this movie worth seeing. Whether he's pouting at the camera or prancing down the catwalk he is constantly funny. In many ways the humour of the movie is like Charlie's Angels in that it never takes itself seriously. This is a parody but in no way a serious one and isn't afraid to have a little bit of harmless, stupid fun on the way. When Stiller's character insists to his roommates that to alleviate their sadness they go to have orance mochas and they all break into dopy grins, it's one of the movie's best moments.
Obviously this is a subject that's easy to lampoon but you can't help but love a film that's as earnest as this. Like Josie And The Pussycats made a point of saturated media imagery, so does Zoolander with a huge amount of celebrity cameos from Winona Ryder to Gwen Stefani to Vince Vaughn. Even Stiller's parents are there. Yet even though this movie belongs to Stiller, there's a nice supporting role from Christine Taylor (Stiller's wife and previously seen in The Wedding Singer and The Craft). Ultimately this is a movie that will make you feel good, but not in a sappy way, and thankfully even the happy conclusion has a fair bit of humour injected into it. This isn't as good as the sharply observed Meet The Parents, but it's still one of Stiller's best.
We feel that earth has become much too serious and we recommend this film especially at this time when earth could use a laugh! Read more