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 You Don't Mess With The Zohan

Watch Out, He’s Packing- a Blow-Dryer

If you had asked me to name five movies I was going to steer clear of seeing this summer, the new Adam Sandler film, "You don't Mess with the Zohan" would have been in the top three. Don't get me wrong I don't have anything against Sandler- I actually like him. But after seeing "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" and "Click " well...more of my thoughts on the funnyman later.

License To Curl

Adam Sandler plays Zohan, an Israeli counter-terrorist killing machine who really just wants to be "Scrappy Coco," the hair stylist. A hair stylist? That's right, Zohan is tired of all the bloodshed, he secretly desires to trade in his assault weapon for a blow dryer So he fakes his own death and leaves Israel. He sneaks to New York in search of the Paul Mitchell Salon to pursue his hairstyling dream. Wow, written down this is sounds like a bad movie! But it's not, really. Really it's not.

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Live & Let Dye

Sandler deserves credit for making jokes about the tense Arab/Israeli/Palestinian relations that most of us wouldn't even dare to bring up at parties. One of the biggest surprises in "Zohan" is how easily the Jewish writers (Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel ) poke fun at the Israeli characters as aggressively as the Arab characters. The humor within the entire film is mostly crude and raunchy and either you enjoy it, or you don't. I personally found myself enjoying it (it’s usually tough to offend me) That's right, gosh darn it I'll admit it-I laughed- and I laughed a lot. Sorry. I'll try to do better next time."Zohan" has both types of scenes in it that will make you wince as well as scenes that will have you cracking up.

That being said, however a little of Adam Sandler's funny goes a long way, Sandler likes to play over the top characters that often get old fast.In other words the storyline really would have been better in a short sketch like on "Saturday Night Live".

For all you Adam Sandler fans, who have tolerated my review thus far let me get to what you really just want to know- where does“Zohan” stands on the A.S. scale? Well I would say it's definitely better than “Little Nicky” but not as good as “Happy Gilmore".

Shalom aleichem, I'm out.

Rated PG-13

Posted by oxyjen on Jun 15, 2008


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