You Don't Mess With the Zohan

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

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Tired of all the fighting in his country, legendary Israeli commando Zohan (Adam Sandler) fakes his own death and goes to New York, where he can fulfill his fondest dream: to become a hairstylist. Zohan's sexy way with a cut and curl makes him a hit with Manhattan's women, but when enemy Arabs spot him, Zohan has to call on his military skills if he is ever to wield scissors again.

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  • Sep 04, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2012
    Only recommended for Sandler fans.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    Pointless, extremely awful film that proves that once again Adam Sandler is one of the worst "comedians" out there. This guy stopped being funny a long time ago, and he's way past his prime. Assembling a cast of mediocre actors except for John Torturro, Dennis Dugan directs a stupidity laced comedy that fails on every level. This film was bad and it did not have anything funny to entertain you. The only thing that this film proves is how bad Adam Sandler is at comedy. I personally think he should have quit after Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer. It's clear that he relies on nothing more but his act to try and make you laugh, which isn't. He made funny films in the past, but now his films are awful and tend to copy previous films, which make it uninteresting. Add to that a poorly written script with some offensive humor, and you have a film that is definitely not worth your time. This is one of those films that fail to deliver on the laughs, instead the use of comedy goes for offensive, and I have nothing against offensive, vulgar comedy if it's used in a clever way. However for You Don't Mess with the Zohan it's used to shock, and highlight the films utter lack of intelligent humor. Avoid if you want a smart comedy. You won't anything here to enjoy, this downright idiotic with a very poor cast. I don't see why Adam Sandler still makes films nowadays, he's horrible. This film along with Funny People is what made me lose interest in his work. I used to enjoy his silly humor, but not anymore. Watch Happy Gilmore instead, at least that one was good, harmless fun, this just sucks.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2012
    First of all if you want to enjoy this movie put your thinking off. Well this movie is funny, but the story is rubbish, so almost literally. It makes no sense, the actions and characters are not as good and has a rather slow pace, but in the end is fun. At the end You Do not Mess with the Zohan is a movie with no meaning and little people atraciva strict watch movies but eventually gets some laughs.
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