You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)

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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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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
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Written By:
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Cast

John Turturro
as Phantom
Nick Swardson
as Michael
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
Bruce Vilanch
as Himself
Alec Mapa
as Claude
Ahmed Ahmed
as Waleed
Ben Wise
as Yitzhak
Joseph Marshak
as Pinchas
Joseph Marshek
as Pinchas
Guri Weinberg
as Aharon
Ido Ezra
as Hassan
Mousa Kraish
as Bashir
Roni Levy
as Ephraim
Barry Livingston
as Gary Kleibolt
Rick Gifford
as Philip
Tyler Spindel
as Doorman
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
Bobby Tisdale
as Skizzy
Herzl Tobey
as Commander
Ori Pfeffer
as Second Commander
Donna Feldman
as Michal
Alex Luria
as Koby
Dennis Dugan
as Homeless Guy
Gerry Del Sol
as Shop Owner
Yinon Sapir
as Danny
Shulie Cowen
as Debbie
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
Maysoon Zayed
as Nadira
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
Kristen Lowman
as Woman in First Cab No.2
Vanessa Long
as Catty Hairdresser
Penelope Windust
as Woman in Second Cab No.1
Kathleen Noone
as Woman in Second Cab No.2
Christopher Innvar
as Angry Driver
Blake Bertrand
as Little Boy
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
John Paul De Joria
as Paul Mitchell
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Critic Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (45)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

October 17, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

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

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

½

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

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