You Don't Mess With the Zohan


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.


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A Mossad agent fakes his own death so he can move to New York and become a hair stylist.

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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 Smith
as Real Estate Agent
Julia Wolov
as Mariah's Assistant No.1
Dana Min Goodman
as Mariah's Assitant No.2
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 No.1
Susan Grace
as Older Lady in Salon No.2
Bunny Levine
as Older Lady in Salon No.3
Norma Michaels
as Older Lady in Salon No.4
Marjorie Loomis
as Older Lady in Salon No.5
Carol Schlanger
as Older Lady in Salon No.6
Edith Wolfrey
as Older Lady in Salon No.7
Phoebe Dorin
as Older Lady in Salon No.8
Lina So
as Salon Receptionist
Eloise Dejoria
as Blonde At Salon
Margie Loomis
as Older Lady In Salon
Donielle Artese
as African-American Salon Owner
Adria Tennor
as Kids' Salon Owner
Sid Ganis
as Doctor
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Plus-Sized Girl at Disco
Constance Barron
as Woman in First Cab No.1
Vanessa Long
as Catty Hairdresser
Kristen Lowman
as Woman in First Cab No.2
Penelope Windust
as Woman in Second Cab No.1
Kathleen Noone
as Woman in Second Cab No.2
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 Customer
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 Girlfriend
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
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Critic Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (44)

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

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

Another sloppily concocted and naggingly non-controversial pretext for Sandler to pelvic thrust his way though a succession of increasingly wacky fish-out-of-water situations.

Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Zohan is both exponentially stranger than Larry and about twice as amusing.

Jul 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This moviegoer has no trouble with lowbrow comedy. The problem with Zohan, however, is that it's like a kid who tells you a silly joke, gets a laugh, and immediately tells the same joke again.

Jun 16, 2008 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

I'm all for politically incorrect humor, but there has to be humor in the political incorrectness, and I didn't get it here.

Jun 16, 2008

Director Dennis Dugan knows his way around shin-whacking slapstick, and Sandler is mesmerizing.

Jun 9, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

My eyes and ears bled as 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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Only recommended for Sandler fans.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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