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Zoolander 2 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Zoolander No. 2 has more celebrity cameos than laughs -- and its meager handful of memorable gags outnumbers the few worthwhile ideas discernible in its scattershot rehash of a script.

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Ben Stiller returns both in front of and behind the camera for Zoolander 2, a comedy that finds the beloved model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his rival-turned-partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) facing a threat to their continued success.

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Cast

Ben Stiller
as Derek Zoolander
Penelope Cruz
as Valentina
Kristen Wiig
as Alexanya Atoz
Christine Taylor
as Matilda Jeffries
Olivia Munn
as "Old and Lame" Show Attendee
Justin Bieber
as as Himself
Kyle Mooney
as Don Atari
Macaulay Culkin
as as Himself
Billy Zane
as as Himself
Ariana Grande
as Latex BDSM
Demi Lovato
as as Herself
Madalina Ghenea
as Exotic Woman
Lenny Kravitz
as as Himself
Aly Mang
as Fashionista
Sparrowhawk
as Fashion Photographer
Cyrus Arnold
as Derek Zoolander Jr.
Doris McCarthy
as Fashion Editor
Marko Caka
as Fashion Media
Antonio Te Maioho
as Maori Warrior
Mika
as Hairdresser
Jamie Soricelli
as Fashion Media
Beck Bennett
as Geoff Mille
Lewis Hamilton
as "Old and Lame" Show Attendee
Eugenia Tempesta
as Hipster Salesperson
Hal Yamanouchi
as Old Chinese Man
Elettra Capuano
as Alexanya's Sexy Publicist
Martin Saints
as Hot Male Prison Guard
Kelly Aaron
as Fashionista
Christopher Cagle
as Fashion Designer
Romuald Andrzej Klos
as Priest at Shop Window
Caroline Valencia
as Baby Valentina
Justin McGriff
as Fashion Show Attendee
Clinton Clark
as Fashion Photographer
Alexis Hall
as Fashionista
Orfeo Orlando
as Circus Strong Man
Kevin Meyer
as Fashionista
Dorry Marie
as Fashion Media
Vanessa Scull
as Fashion Show Attendee
Antony Hagopian
as British Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Zoolander 2

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (42)

Zoolander 2 takes pains to reference every successful gag you remember from the original, and then embellish them in painful-often offensive, almost always outdated-fashion.

February 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The first film scored a few palpable hits, but the new one barely makes the effort, and the poise of a work like "Funny Face," which both mocked and fêted a devotion to couture, seems an impossible dream.

February 15, 2016 | Full Review…

There are some clever bits and the satire is at times scathing but, on the whole, moments of hilarity are like oases in a desert of tedium. When Zoolander 2 isn't funny, the silliness strains the viewer's patience.

February 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While all comedies get refined in the editing room, this one feels like it was slapped together there, as Stiller - who also directed - searched for laughs.

February 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

How bad is Zoolander 2? It's Batman and Robin bad.

February 12, 2016 | Full Review…

It is merely dumb when it should be knowingly dumb; satirically dull when it should be sharp; and just plain ugly when it should be, at the very least, aesthetically minded.

February 12, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zoolander 2

½

Although not as funny as the original, "Zoolander 2" is hilarious. Great costumes and hair with some really fun characters (such as Kristen Wiig's character and "Don Atari"), there's a lot to appreciate (and laugh at) in this film. For instance, how can anyone resist laughing at a Neil de Grasse Tyson cameo declaring, "That's what I do. I'm Neil de Grasse Tyson, B-tch!"? The poor critical and audience reviews are not justified in my estimation. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed the first film, or anyone who just wants to see a silly film making fun of fashion, modeling and James Bond.

Christian C
Christian C

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The long-awaited sequel openly embraces its stupidity like the original with the only difference being worst than the first. Zoolander 2 is a senseless story with obnoxious and ponderous humor that works somewhat with its cast, both old and new, and its over saturated cameos. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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The original movie was clearly an overstretched, zany SNL skit...but with a lot of charm. It was a light-hearted, fluffy bit of light relief that was quite clever in its witty take-down of the glitzy celebrity/fashion world. At the centre of this ridiculously glossy ham fest was the dynamite duo of the blonde, hippy-esque, Hansel, and the brunette, Tom Cruise-esque, Derek Zoolander. Both vacant, narcissistic, world famous male models clashing head to head for the grand number one spot in the fashion universe. Oh as a side plot, the evil Mugatu was trying to use Zoolander in order to assassinate a world leader. So what has changed for this belated sequel? well not much frankly. The plot actually follows in the same steps as before with Zoolander once again quitting the modelling world and then once again being forced back into it, this time to gain custody of his son. At the same time, Hansel has done pretty much the same thing and is also dragged back into the modelling world after his orgy partners all turn up pregnant. Both are invited back to 'civilisation' by the mysterious Billy Zane who is apparently still looking for that big break back into Hollywood (just like the original). Oh and Mugatu is still up to his old tricks. I think the first thing that hit me was how lame the jokes were, I mean really seriously lame and forced. Within the first ten minutes of the film Billy Zane hands Zoolander his Netflix, [i]'whoa! Jack Ryan...and Jack Reacher! Tonight's gonna be a total jack-off'[/i]. Are you groaning? you must be, surely you must be! Remember now, within the first ten flippin' minutes! Anyway as you can imagine things don't really get any better than that for the rest of the run time. There are barely any moments that did make me actually smile, the main one being the death sequence of Justin Bieber which I'm sure came at the top of most people's list. Another was a quick quip from a news report at the start of the movie, where the reporter speaks about the 3.7 million high school graduates of 2016 not knowing what a fax machine was, and couldn't name a caucasian President. The only other oddly amusing things that stood out (stood out in the sense that they were mocking modern society) was Benedict Cumberbatch playing some weird, eyebrow-less, mono-sexual/pan-sexual...model person, who claims not to be confined by binary constructs and has married himself (mono-marriage, is that actually a thing?? really wouldn't surprise me). It was strangely realistic considering today's current trends, as was both Zoolander and Hansel hesitantly agreeing to it all, not liking labels and supporting it all etc...And then you had the character of Don Atari who was pretty much the face of modern youth I guess. You're not suppose to understand half of what he says because he speaks in this modern youth tongue that's kinda like speaking in reverse, whilst taking the piss out of everything 'old'. Highly annoying, I know that's the idea but nonetheless, highly annoying. The rest of the movie is completely stuffed with one big cameo after another as if you were watching some millionaires fanboy flick (I suppose you are). Zoolander has a son who of course turns out to be fat and ugly, whilst also resenting him for not being a good father. Mugatu once again has some evil, dastardly, Bond-esque scheme to...well I'm not sure really, kill all the leading people in the fashion industry I think it was. This involves kidnapping Zoolander's son under the guise of some ancient prophecy about the fountain of youth in order to lure all the bigwigs of fashion to one place...or whatever. And Hansel...doesn't really do anything except help out here and there or have breakdowns over his pregnant orgy family. Basically Hansel is replaced by Valentina Valencia played by Penelope Cruz in a stereotypically spoof Bond-esque role. Hell everything here is a stereotypical Bond spoof, its basically [i]Austin Powers[/i] with loads of cameos. Of course the movie isn't supposed to be remotely serious, its virtually a spoof, and in terms of hitting its targets...well I guess it does. The problem is none of this is funny anymore, apart from the odd lone gag its all terribly cliched, bloated, self-indulgent and cringeworthy. I mean come on! I've never seen so many cameos, but what for?? they don't add anything to the movie, they don't make it funnier or cooler, they just stick out as, at times, badly crowbarred in cameos. This movie [b]really[/b] did feel like a sketch that had been padded out tremendously, the only remaining plus points that spring to mind are the inclusion of Ariana Grande in a latex catsuit and hood, and Milla Jovovich looking hot as hell in her Dominatrix attire. So for mature and adolescent male boner fuel...full marks! For witty social commentary...half marks, everything else..dross.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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