Zoolander

2001

Zoolander

Critics Consensus

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

64%

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Total Count: 135

80%

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Malaysia
Donald Trump
as Himself
Steve Kmetko
as Himself
Fabio
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
Lil' Kim
as Herself
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 Member
Kashana
as Hansel's Posse Member
Jonah Luber
as Hansel's Posse Member
Michael McAlpin
as Hansel's Posse Member
Eve Salvail
as Hansel's Posse Member
Shavo Odadjian
as Hansel's Posse Member
Kristina Eliot Johnson
as Hansel's Posse Member
Richard Gladys
as Hansel's Posse Member
Amy Stiller
as Hansel's Posse Member
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
Kiva
as Mugatu's Dog
Steve Kahlua
as Coal Mine Tavern Dog
Ric Pipino
as Derek's Interview Hairstylist
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
Svetlana
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
Kina
as Ennui
David Pressman
as Maori Tribesman
Godfrey
as Janitor Derek
Taj Crown
as Janitor Hansel
Richie Rich
as Derelicte Doorman
King
as Derelicte Bouncer
Frederic Fekkai
as Derek's Derelicte Hairstylist
Kevyn Aucoin
as Derek's Derelicte Makeup Artist
Boris Kachscovsky
as Zoolander Center Student
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 (135) | 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.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

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

    Jul 12, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Emanuel Levy

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

    Jun 19, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Doesn't Stiller realize that the fashion world is already its own parody?

    Jan 22, 2002
  • It's patchy and occasionally irritating. However, it's also occasionally very funny.

    Nov 19, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Serves as glossy, throwaway fun, and it features more cameos than you can shake a mascara wand at.

    Oct 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Zoolander

  • Aug 12, 2016
    A crazy satire with one only objective: be ridiculous
    Fernando M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    One of my favorite comedies of all time. It's a movie that really takes a huge dumb on the modelling industry, but it does it in the most beautiful way possible. It's a movie that could have easily failed because of very cheesy dialogue and weirdly developed characters, but luckily, because of the brilliant performances by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, plus one of the best cameos of all time by musical legend David Bowie, this is actually a very funny comedy that definitely holds up this day today.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    The brilliance of Zoolander is that as a film, it's completely unafraid and willing to cross the line between funny and flat-out bizarre which a lot of directors and films sheepishly try to avoid as if it's a kind of bubonic plague. The key here is that Ben Stiller knows how to execute wacky and blend it perfectly with the overall satire theme that radiates from Zoolander. Another point in which it shines and has advantages is that it was the first major film to come out following the unspeakable tragedy that was 9/11 and therefore provided North America with a funny, laughable, and ultimately optimistic film in the wake of such international terror and loss. Stiller's Zoolander and Owen Wilson's Hansel are very much encapsulations of the very early 21st century's super quasi-modernistic pop culture (you really had to live through it to know what i mean) which when combined with the fashion element of the film, makes it one of the funniest, brightest and most innovative comedies of the 21st century. Even the more graphic scenes are so exaggerated and pop-y that they are cardiac-arrest enabling funny.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2015
    This film was better than it should of been, The plot is silly, The acting is silly, The ending is silly, Most of the jokes (The ones that don't bomb) Are silly but it works, God knows how, The strong cast helped and they all looked like they enjoyed filming, I laughed quite a few times aswell, It wont be everyones taste but I liked it and most comedy fans will if you switch your brain off.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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