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Zoolander (2001)



Critic Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.

Movie Info

Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. In addition to Stiller's real-life wife Christine Taylor, Zoolander co-stars his father Jerry Stiller, along with Jon Voight, David Duchovny, Andy Dick, and Fabio. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and drug references)
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Drake Sather, John Hamburg, Ben Stiller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Box Office: $44.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ben Stiller
as Derek Zoolander
Will Ferrell
as Jacobim Mugatu
Christine Taylor
as Matilda Jeffries
Jerry Stiller
as Maury Ballstein
David Duchovny
as J.P. Prewitt
Jon Voight
as Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander
as Scrappy Zoolander
Billy Zane
as Himself
Woodrow Asai
as Prime Minister of Ma...
Donald Trump
as Himself
Tom Ford
as Himself
Steve Kmetko
as Himself
as Himself
Gwen Stefani
as Herself
Heidi Klum
as Herself
Mark Ronson
as Himself
Paris Hilton
as Herself
David Bowie
as Himself
Fred Durst
as Himself
Lance Bass
as Himself
Lukas Haas
as Himself
Carmen Kass
as Herself
Little Kingz
as Themselves
Matt Levin
as Archie
Andy Dick
as Olga the Masseuse
Andrew Wilson
as Hansel's Corner Guy
Vikram Chatwal
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Jonah Luber
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Michael McAlpin
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Eve Salvail
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Shavo Odadjian
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Kristina Eliot Johns...
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Richard Gladys
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
Amy Stiller
as Hansel's Posse Membe...
John Vargas
as Italian Designer
Jennifer Coolidge
as American Designer
Tony Kanal
as French Designer
Endre Hules
as German Designer
Nora Dunn
as British Designer
as Mugatu's Dog
Steve Kahlua
as Coal Mine Tavern Dog
Ric Pipino
as Derek's Interview Ha...
Jennifer McComb
as Mugatu Model
Johann Urb
as Mugatu Bodyguard
Luc Commeret
as Mugatu Bodyguard
Herb Lieberz
as Time Magazine Reader
Colin McNish
as Night Club Security
Darren Copeland
as Night Club Security
Richard Stanley
as Night Club Bouncer
Shabazz Richardson
as Night Club Bouncer
Rohan Quine
as Night Club Bouncer
as Billy Zane's Date
Charles L. Brame
as Abraham Lincoln
James Marsden
as John Wilkes Booth
Rudy Segura
as JFK Assassin
Randall Slavin
as JFK Assassin
Patton Oswalt
as Monkey Photographer
Stan Chu
as Sherpa
Kum Ming Ho
as Climber
Theo Kogan
as Cool Tattoo Girl
Lam Bor
as Dalai Lama Guy
Angel 11:11
as Funky Loft Guest
Luther Creek
as Funky Loft Guest
Dechen Thurman
as Funky Loft Guest
Kenny Max
as Funky Loft Guest
as Ennui
David Pressman
as Maori Tribesman
as Janitor Derek
Taj Crown
as Janitor Hansel
Richie Rich
as Derelicte Doorman
as Derelicte Bouncer
Frederic Fekkai
as Derek's Derelicte Ha...
Kevyn Aucoin
as Derek's Derelicte Ma...
Boris Kachscovsky
as Zoolander Center Stu...
Mitch Winston
as Infomercial Director
Mason Webb
as Derek Jr.
Alexa Nikolas
as Story Hour Girl
Anne Meara
as Heckler
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Critic Reviews for Zoolander

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33)

A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models.

Full Review… | July 12, 2006
Top Critic

...a blatantly silly premise that is, for the most part, executed to entertaining and hilarious effect by filmmaker Stiller...

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

So lazy a comedy that I kept looking for Adam Sandler's name in the credits...essentially a funny 3-minute short with a bloated, unfunny full-length feature grafted on to it.

Full Review… | February 10, 2016
Hollywood & Fine

About as dumb as dumb comedies can get, Zoolander suffers from a weak plot and even weaker characters, yet the performances by Stiller, Wilson and the extremely funny Will Ferrell more than make up for it.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Matt's Movie Reviews

A surprisingly entertaining movie, but edgy.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Zoolander

if you work in an office some movies are mandatory to survive trips to the watercooler. I see this as an investment in my future.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


A solid and entertaining satire that makes fun of the fashion world and the people involved in it - even though in a very obvious way -, but it has many inspired moments, including a hilarious gas station explosion and that priceless "walk-off" with David Bowie as judge.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Zoolander" is essentially a showcase for the comedic talents of these famous actors through their glory days, and it definitely does not fall short on the gags. Ben Stiller and Own Wilson both had me laughing hysterically, even though the dialogue they were saying was so incredibly dumb. It does work in the context of the film though. The basic story of this film is that Ben Stiller's character, being the dumb male model that he is, needs to retain his title of the worlds best, because it is really all he has in life. There is a sweet undertone beneath these elements as well that I really enjoyed. The one word I cannot wrap my head around while explaining this film, however, is stupid. "Zoolander" is a tremendously stupid picture that encapsules idiots in the most bizarre scenarios. Did I enjoy the hell out of this film? Absolutely! Is it great? Absolutely not!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Zoolander Quotes

Jacobim Mugatu: Destroy the Prime Minister of Malaysia!
– Submitted by Grace W (11 months ago)
Mugatu: I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! I invented the piano key necktie, I invented it!
– Submitted by Desiree D (3 years ago)
Hansel: Why don't you Derelick... my balls?
Derek Zoolander: I can Derelick my own balls, thank you.
– Submitted by Shane S (3 years ago)
Mugatu: There the same damn look!
– Submitted by Johnny W (3 years ago)

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