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.

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


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Critic Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (44)

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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