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Zoolander (2001)

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7/10: Zoolander is funny enough to excuse for how spectacularly goofy it gets
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ben Stiller is the titular character of this comedy that does not believe in being particularly smart. It is dumb, but with such infectious comedic energy by Stiller and friend Owen Wilson poured on screen, it is funny enough to look past how ridiculous it gets. Stiller, also filling in the director's chair, conducts a comedy that lends a satirical look at the modeling industry and how competition can bring out both the best and the worst in those who compete for the big prize. This is where the small, but significant amount of cleverness comes into the picture. But it is Stiller and Wilson are smoke the air with their comedic energy to make this into a film that offers just enough laughs and fun to compensate for its short runtime. While it certainly isn't consistently funny, with occasional botched attempts at humor, it knows how to tickle the funny bone for a film that resists against...

10/10: Zoolander - Colorful, Creative, Original and Thoughtful
Thursday, September 8, 2005

By the exaggerated tagline, "3% body fat, and 1% brain activity," I just knew that Zoolander was going to be smart and funny. And, it was. If you can rise above the literal visual interpretation to the gasoline pump fight, you'll find it too, has an underlying educational, or at least, helpful message. The characterizations of good guy versus bad guy are whimsical, creative, colorful, and funny. Derek Zoolander, (Ben Stiller) is Ben's wonderfully exaggerated version of the male model, one who is offering his best attempt to be "Balls Models" 4th year in a row, model of the year. Sadly, he loses to Hansel, (Owen Wilson) a sweet blue, green, star eyed, soft lined, model. At the loss, quirky, carefree and complex, Derek questions his reflection in a puddle of water, "Who Am I?" In search of an answer to his question, he returns home to the coal mines of New Jersey, where his generally reluctant father...

8/10: Zoolander is stupid funny
Sunday, October 21, 2001

Derek Zoolander is stupid. So is his movie. But by no means, is Zoolander humorless. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, Zoolander is a very funny movie, if you know what to expect. Based on a character that Stiller created for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, Derek Zoolander was originally intended to satirize the fashion industry. The movie does no less and as a result, has received some very negative patron reviews. Audiences went into Zoolander expecting another Ben Stiller, Meet the Parents-type comedy, and when they got an offbeat movie about the fashion industry's plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia, they didn't know how to react. To enjoy Zoolander, one has to forget all expectations and see the movie for what it is supposed to be: ridiculous.Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is the fashion industry's number one male model, but his career is slouching and boy beauty Hansel (Owen Wilson) provides tough competition. Fashion...

7/10: Zoolander
Sunday, November 30, 2008

Written and directed by, and starring Ben Stiller, I knew this film was about modelling, and it turned out to be a pretty funny film. Basically Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is the three time VH1 male model of the year, and he looks forward to the fourth, but is beaten by rival Hansel (Owen Wilson). So Derek's friends disappear, his father Larry (Jon Voight) is disappointed in him, and feels like he's not a good model anymore. But he soon gets hired by the fiendish fashion guru Mugatu (Will Ferrell), only to be brainwashed into killing the President of Malaysia, and many other models have something implanted in them. Time Magazine journalist Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor) is now trying to help Derek hide out from the Katinka (Milla Jovovich) and the other bad guys, and find a way to stop the brainwashing murder from happening. Also starring Jerry Stiller (Ben's father) as Maury Ballstein, David Duchovny as...

8/10: They're Breakdance fighting
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Male supermodel Derek Zoolander is on the way down after three years of continuously winning the "Male Model of the Year" award. When he is beaten by the hot newcomer Hansel, Derek starts searching for a new meaning in his life. Fashion czar Mugatu offers Derek a comeback in his new "Derelicte"- line. Nobody suspects that Mugatu plans to assassinate the new Malaysian Prime Minister on his visit to New York, so that cheap child labour is still available for Mugatu's fashion producing. By brainwashing Zoolander, Mugatu and his associates create a willing killer to do the job. By Lampooning the brilliant Manchiurian candidate, Stiller here has made his finest film to date. The film is that brilliant, that, apart from Dodgeball, every film he's been in has been hugely disappointing. And it doesn't help either that he's been promising a sequel to this for years.Why is it so brilliant? Stiller isn't the best...

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