You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)



Critic Consensus: You Don't Mess With the Zohan features intermittent laughs, and will please Sandler diehards, but after awhile the leaky premise wears thin.

Movie Info

A Mossad agent fakes his own death so he can move to New York and become a hair stylist.more
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, language, and nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2008
Box Office: $100.0M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Michael Buffer
as Walbridge
Charlotte Rae
as Mrs. Greenhouse
Dina Doron
as Zohan's Mother
Shelley Berman
as Zohan's Father
Chris Rock
as Cabdriver
Mariah Carey
as Herself
John McEnroe
as Himself
George Takei
as Himself
Alec Mapa
as Claude
Ben Wise
as Yitzhak
Ido Ezra
as Hassan
Roni Levy
as Ephraim
Barry Livingston
as Gary Kleibolt
Daniel Browning Smit...
as Real Estate Agent
Julia Wolov
as Mariah's Assistant N...
Dana Min Goodman
as Mariah's Assitant No...
Kevin Grady
as Coleman
Herzl Tobey
as Commander
Ori Pfeffer
as Second Commander
Dennis Dugan
as Homeless Guy
Gerry Del Sol
as Shop Owner
Yamit Sol
as Dorit
Helen Siff
as Mrs. Skitzer
Betty Murphy
as Mrs. Haynes
Cynthia Frost
as Mrs. Paulson
Anna Berger
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Susan Grace
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Bunny Levine
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Norma Michaels
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Marjorie Loomis
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Carol Schlanger
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Edith Wolfrey
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Phoebe Dorin
as Older Lady in Salon ...
Lina So
as Salon Receptionist
Eloise Dejoria
as Blonde At Salon
Margie Loomis
as Older Lady In Salon
Donielle Artese
as African-American Sal...
Adria Tennor
as Kids' Salon Owner
Sid Ganis
as Doctor
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Plus-Sized Girl at D...
Constance Barron
as Woman in First Cab N...
Vanessa Long
as Catty Hairdresser
Kristen Lowman
as Woman in First Cab N...
Penelope Windust
as Woman in Second Cab ...
Kathleen Noone
as Woman in Second Cab ...
Blake Bertrand
as Little Boy
Christopher Innvar
as Angry Driver
Ray Garvey
as Truck Driver
Conner Wiles
as Boy Customer
Jennifer De Minco
as Arguing Female Custo...
Edmund Lyndeck
as Pharmacist
Kristina Haddad
as Hamdi's Wife
Larry Marko
as Phantom's Trainer
Billy Concha
as Kayaker
Marco Khan
as Terrorist
Eric Lamonsoff
as Hamdi's Passenger
Corinna Wiles
as Boy Customer
Nicole Bennett
as Walbridge's Girlfrie...
Veerta Motiani
as Beach Girl
Marco Kahn
as Terrorist With Hand
Saman Sagheb
as Disco Merchant
Latif Marotti
as Disco Merchant
Christian Reeve
as Disco Merchant
John Paul De Joria
as Paul Mitchell
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Critic Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (45)

The ideas and some of the individual bits in Zohan work, but the crudeness of the execution undermines the results.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's perhaps not much of a schtick, but it's a cohesive schtick, with the sub-schticks of the entire cast well integrated in support and counterpoint.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
Stop Smiling

As a remedy for the Mideast's woes, American pluralism might be slightly impractical; but as a premise for a summer comedy, it's real enough to be funny

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
The Nation

I know someone out there must like these things, because Sandler keeps getting the money to make what is turning out to be the same movie over and over again, but I must not be tuned into his comedy wavelength.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

The idea that the unholy trinity of Sandler, regular cohort Rob Schneider, and director Dennis Dugan could re-unite after ...Chuck and Larry begs the question: just how much did these guys sell their souls to get another film green lit?

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Warts and all, Zohan adds to a beautiful vision

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan


Adam Sandler's films progressed from purely sophomoric antics to social consciousness mixed into the hijinks. "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" may be the comedian's greatest contribution to the pairing of slapstick comedy with a message. Sandler's brand of humor routinely goes for the most obvious joke, yet its still funny, and this film operates as more of a satire than his earlier work. Inserted into the absurd jokes and ridiculous plot devices (Scrappy's satisfying the salon's aged female clientele) is an attempt at reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Whether or not you want to hear the message, the gags involving humus, incompetent terrorists, discount electronics, and a goat will have you laughing out loud. Just the sight of Zohan's 80s hairstyle evokes laughter. Sandler has made a career out of being a childish anti-hero, and this film, in the same vein as Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy, is him at his funniest.
Bonus: Love-interest Emmanuelle Chiriquí is beautiful and perfectly cast.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

My eyes and ears bled while I suffered through this execrable, vulgar, offensive and appallingly stupid pile of turd that made me only feel profoundly ashamed for everyone involved in it, possibly the worst "movie" of Sandler's ridiculous career. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Only recommended for Sandler fans.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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