Zoolander (2001)

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and drug references)
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: John Hamburg, Drake Sather, Ben Stiller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Box Office: $44.7M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Derek Zoolander

as Jacobim Mugatu

as Maury Ballstein

as Matilda Jeffries

as J.P. Prewitt

as Larry Zoolander

as Scrappy Zoolander

as Himself

as Prime Minister of Ma...

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Herself

as Herself

as Himself

as Herself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Herself

as Herself

as Themselves

as Archie

as Olga the Masseuse

as Hansel's Corner Guy

as Hansel's Posse Membe...

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as Italian Designer

as American Designer

as French Designer

as German Designer

as British Designer

as Mugatu's Dog

as Coal Mine Tavern Dog

as Derek's Interview Ha...

as Mugatu Model

as Mugatu Bodyguard

as Mugatu Bodyguard

as Time Magazine Reader

as Night Club Security

as Night Club Security

as Night Club Bouncer

as Night Club Bouncer

as Night Club Bouncer

as Billy Zane's Date

as Abraham Lincoln

as John Wilkes Booth

as JFK Assassin

as JFK Assassin

as Monkey Photographer

as Sherpa

as Climber

as Cool Tattoo Girl

as Dalai Lama Guy

as Funky Loft Guest

as Funky Loft Guest

as Funky Loft Guest

as Funky Loft Guest

as Ennui

as Maori Tribesman

as Janitor Derek

as Janitor Hansel

as Derelicte Doorman

as Derelicte Bouncer

as Derek's Derelicte Ha...

as Derek's Derelicte Ma...

as Zoolander Center Stu...

as Infomercial Director

as Derek Jr.

as Story Hour Girl

as Heckler
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Critic Reviews for Zoolander

All Critics (134) | 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
Variety
Top Critic

If you're aware of -- and amused by -- pop culture, you'll laugh a lot.

Full Review… | June 19, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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

Ben Stiller often forgoes go-for-broke comedy for the sake of getting rich. Not so in "Zoolander," which is not only Cuba Gooding Jr. and Billy Zane's best work of the last decade, but what remains Stiller's flat-out funniest film - down to the DVD menu.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Suite101.com

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.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

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 with many well-inspired moments, including a hilarious gas station explosion and that priceless "walk-off" with David Bowie as judge.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Hansel: I wasn't like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere's a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who's a hero. The music he's created over the years, I don't really listen to it, but the fact that he's making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what product I'm selling? No. Do I know what I'm doing today? No. But I'm here, and I'm gonna give it my best shot.

"3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity."

Zoolander is a bizarre, silly, and pretty funny film. I don't really know how to feel about it. There was a lot of laugh out loud satire of the whole model/fashion industry, but there was also some scenes that just made me say, "What the fuck?" I'm sort of in the middle here, not really liking the movie, but not disliking it either. Weird.

Derek Zoolander is the biggest star in male modeling, and also the stupidest. When a new prime minister in Malaysia ruins the fashion business by actually giving good wages to workers and abolishing child labor, Mugatu, the biggest fashion designer, plans to brainwash Zoolander into assassinating the Malaysian pm. 

There's some good stuff in this movie. I really liked the David Duvanchy scene. There's some truly hilarious material in the film, if only there wasn't ten minutes of weird and unfunny material to sit through before getting to the scenes and dialogue that actually worked. In the end, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make the film enough fun to warrant a watch. I still don't know what to think of it though.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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