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A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.
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A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details.
This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models.
If you're aware of -- and amused by -- pop culture, you'll laugh a lot.
Doesn't Stiller realize that the fashion world is already its own parody?
Serves as glossy, throwaway fun, and it features more cameos than you can shake a mascara wand at.
During its fleeting moments onscreen, the movie's lighthearted spirit and comic energy make for entertaining, escapist fare.
Although it's in the lineage of other bombastic Fratpack numbers, it lacks the self-regarding tenor of many of those films.
...a blatantly silly premise that is, for the most part, executed to entertaining and hilarious effect by filmmaker Stiller...
So lazy a comedy that I kept looking for Adam Sandler's name in the credits...essentially a funny 3-minute short with a bloated, unfunny full-length feature grafted on to it.
About as dumb as dumb comedies can get, Zoolander suffers from a weak plot and even weaker characters, yet the performances by Stiller, Wilson and the extremely funny Will Ferrell more than make up for it.
A surprisingly entertaining movie, but edgy.
Ben Stiller often forgoes go-for-broke comedy for the sake of getting rich. Not so in "Zoolander," which is not only Cuba Gooding Jr. and Billy Zane's best work of the last decade, but what remains Stiller's flat-out funniest film - down to the DVD menu.
A solid and entertaining satire that makes fun of the fashion world and the people involved in it (even though in a very obvious way) with many inspired moments, including a hilarious gas station explosion and a priceless "walk-off" scene with David Bowie as judge.
"Zoolander" is essentially a showcase for the comedic talents of these famous actors through their glory days, and it definitely does not fall short on the gags. Ben Stiller and Own Wilson both had me laughing hysterically, even though the dialogue they were saying was so incredibly dumb. It does work in the context of the film though. The basic story of this film is that Ben Stiller's character, being the dumb male model that he is, needs to retain his title of the worlds best, because it is really all he has in life. There is a sweet undertone beneath these elements as well that I really enjoyed. The one word I cannot wrap my head around while explaining this film, however, is stupid. "Zoolander" is a tremendously stupid picture that encapsules idiots in the most bizarre scenarios. Did I enjoy the hell out of this film? Absolutely! Is it great? Absolutely not!
Hansel: I wasn't like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere's a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who's a hero. The music he's created over the years, I don't really listen to it, but the fact that he's making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what product I'm selling? No. Do I know what I'm doing today? No. But I'm here, and I'm gonna give it my best shot.
"3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity."
Zoolander is a bizarre, silly, and pretty funny film. I don't really know how to feel about it. There was a lot of laugh out loud satire of the whole model/fashion industry, but there was also some scenes that just made me say, "What the fuck?" I'm sort of in the middle here, not really liking the movie, but not disliking it either. Weird.
Derek Zoolander is the biggest star in male modeling, and also the stupidest. When a new prime minister in Malaysia ruins the fashion business by actually giving good wages to workers and abolishing child labor, Mugatu, the biggest fashion designer, plans to brainwash Zoolander into assassinating the Malaysian pm.
There's some good stuff in this movie. I really liked the David Duvanchy scene. There's some truly hilarious material in the film, if only there wasn't ten minutes of weird and unfunny material to sit through before getting to the scenes and dialogue that actually worked. In the end, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make the film enough fun to warrant a watch. I still don't know what to think of it though.
if you work in an office some movies are mandatory to survive trips to the watercooler. I see this as an investment in my future.
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