Zoolander

2001, Comedy, 1h 29m

139 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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

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Propelled to the top of the fashion world by a photogenic gaze he calls "Blue Steel," dimwitted male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) thinks he's got a fourth consecutive win as Male Model of the Year in the bag. But, when his rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson), unexpectedly takes the crown, Derek is crushed. He becomes easy prey for fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), who signs Derek to star in his "Derelicte" fashion show, then brainwashes him to kill Malaysia's prime minister.

Cast & Crew

Ben Stiller
Derek Zoolander
Jerry Stiller
Maury Ballstein
Jon Voight
Larry Zoolander
David Duchovny
J.P. Prewitt
Judah Friedlander
Scrappy Zoolander
Joel Gallen
Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Lauren Zalaznick
Executive Producer
Barry Peterson
Cinematographer
Robin Standefer
Production Designer
David Robinson
Costume Designer
Greg Hayden
Film Editor
David Arnold
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Critic Reviews for Zoolander

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  • 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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