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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.
It's strange for a movie to pair an assassination plot with the world of modeling. Usually when a TV character appears in a sketch or a cartoon, the only thing that writers can think to do when bringing them to the big screen is to involve them in a plot in which they help save the world. Does this make Zoolander unoriginal? Some would say no. After all, it is the first time we see a male model try to save the world, right?
But this movie did offer some good comedy in the form of a rivalry between Ben Stiller's Zoolander and Owen Wilson as fellow model Hansel (he's so hot right now!). Their run-in at the Vogue Fashion Awards and their runway walk competition are hysterical. One would expect Stiller to be the star of this film, but Wilson tends to outshine him in many instances.
Will Ferrell is wacky, and just plain strange, as the evil Mugatu. Beware: he may start to get on your nerves after a while. Christine Taylor lends some sanity to the bunch as Matilda, but is underplayed by the less intelligent characters. How can one take her seriously amidst such goofballs? Expect many cameos by "good-looking" celebrities. This idea has become a staple for comedies like Zoolander (i.e.Read more ›
Zoolander, a three time winner of the male model of the year award, goes up against the new kid in town, Hansel (Owen Wilson), and much to his amazement has his crown taken from him. No longer the toast of the town and already yesterday's news, Zoolander falls prey to the dastardly machinations of acclaimed fashion designer, Mugatu (Will Ferrell), and his evil sidekick, Katinka (Milla Jovovich).
It seems that Mugatu and Katinka want to turn Zoolander into an unwitting assassin whose killing frenzy will be triggered by hearing certain words of a song. In order to keep Mugatu's sweatshops running at full throttle, they hope to rid themselves of the prime minister of Malaysia, who is planning on abolishing child labor. An intelligent and intrepid reporter, Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor), who is also Zoolander's love interest, realizes, however, that something amiss is afoot. Before you know it, bitter rivals Zoolander and Hansel are joined in battle against the forces of evil.
This is a hilarious and silly spoof that is sure to make the viewer rock and roll with laughter. Ben Stiller is hysterical as the dumber than dumb Zoolander, who struggles to find meaning in his life after his modeling career tanks. Owen Wilson is absolutely endearing as Zoolander's equally dense rival, Hansel. David Duchovny has a small, but memorable, role as J.P. Prewitt, a former hand model. Jon Voight is funny as Larry Zoolander, Derek's macho, coal miner father, who is mortified by his effeminate looking son and his chosen occupation.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love this quirky DVD movie. It is an amusing take -off of the modeling and fashion industry. Lots of action, and lots of silly, quirky fun!
I think this one belongs in every collection, or at least in the collections of people who love comedy, insanely quotable lines, and who enjoy having a fun time while watching a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steffasaurus
The DVD can not be read in Canada because the RPC is restricted to zone 2 (Europe) !!!Published 9 months ago by Martin Durocher
This movie arrived on time and in good shape. The movie is bizarre but in a very good way. It was a gift.Published on Nov. 2 2013 by Joyce Alma Schneider
You'll either love this movie or hate it. It's raw, dumb comedy done entirely on purpose. Of all of Ben's filmography, this one is by far the one I say is the best. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by Jeff Wiggins
I love this movie! Ben Stiller is a decidely handsome man, and to see him hamming it up as Derek Zoolander, a not-too-bright male model, with this intense look he calls "Blue... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by momazon