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You Dont Mess with the Zohan (2008)

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  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 6 June 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 113 min
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You Dont Mess with the Zohan (2008)

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  • IMDb page: You Dont Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 78,651 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 6 June 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Filming Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Budget: $90,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $100,018,837(USA)(7 September 2008)
  • Director: Dennis Dugan
  • Stars: Adam Sandler, John Turturro and Emmanuelle Chriqui
  • Original Music By: Rupert Gregson-Williams   
  • Soundtrack: I Can't Wait
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Palestinian | Hair Stylist | Israeli | New York City | Landlord

Writing Credits By:

  • Adam Sandler (written by) &
  • Robert Smigel (written by) &
  • Judd Apatow (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Co-writer Robert Smigel revealed that the movie was mostly written in the year 2000, but it was delayed after 9/11 due to the terrorist themes in the film.
  • Zohan was loosely based on Nezi Arbib, a hairstylist and former Israeli soldier in Solana Beach, CA. Arbib taught Adam Sandler and the film crew different hairstyling techniques, while Sandler learned Arbib’s mannerisms.
  • Throughout the film, Zohan and other Israeli characters use various Hebrew words and phrases, including: Aba (father), Ima (Mother), b’seder (okay), and Yiddish words, including: faygelah (homosexual), tuches (butt).
  • Adam Sandler’s longtime friend and former college roommate Eric Lamonsoff, who was previously mentioned in both The Wedding Singer and Click, makes his film debut here as Hamdi’s passenger.
  • Most of the guns used by the Zohan and the terrorists in the film are weapons manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (such as the Uzi submachine gun, Galil assault rifle, and the Jericho 941 and Desert Eagle handguns).
  • The Arabic text on The Phantom’s head band spells SH-B-H, or ‘Shabbah’.
  • Some of the jokes in the film are directly related to an old Saturday Night Live sketch, entitled “Sabra Price is Right”. The sketch aired on 05/09/92 and the show was hosted by Tom Hanks. The specific jokes include the recurring “Disco! Disco! Good! Good!” saying, as well as “No-no-no-no-no-no”. Also, the entire sketch revolves around bidding on cheap electronics that the host claims to have “Sony guts”, or a variation of that brand, very similar to the electronics store salesmen in Zohan. The SNL sketch included many of the actors who appear in Zohan – Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Kevin Nealon, and Chris Rock.
  • Adam Sandler’s daughter Sadie Sandler and wife Jackie Sandler make an appearance at the end of the movie. His daughter is seen taking a “Goat Ride”, while his wife holds onto her.
  • The opening scene on a Tel-Aviv beach strongly references the film Peeping Toms starring Uri Zohar, Israel’s “bad boy” of the ’60s and early ’70s, who later became an orthodox rabbi. Zohan looks just like Zohar, including hairstyle and wardrobe.
  • Zohan isn’t an actual Israeli first name.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Israel plays Lebanon in the hacky sack tournament, yet the Israeli flag is shown with the Palestinian flag. There is actually a mix of Palestinian and Lebanese (cedar tree) flags in the crowd, large numbers of Palestinians still live in refugee camps in Lebanon and would support any team playing against Israel.

Plot: An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. Full summary »  »

Story: Zohan Dvir works as a Special Agent and lives with his orthodox parents in Israel. He wants to give up this life full of dangerous encounters with Palestinians. While in the process of apprehending a Palestinian activist known simply as the Phantom, he fakes his death, hides in a dog-kennel on a plane bound for New York, and decides to try his hand as a hair-stylist. He is refused employment initially, but when he offers to work for free, Dahlia hires him as a cleaner. When a hair-stylist named Debbie quits, Zohan replaces her, winning over elderly female clientèle, and falling in love with Dahlia herself. Before Zohan could propose to her, Dahlia's landlord, Walbridge, who has been raising rents regularly, hires skinhead goons to terrorize the neighborhood, creates misunderstandings between Jews, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians, and drives them out, so as to enable him to construct a new building which is topped by a roller coaster…Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) is a superhuman but kind-hearted Israeli counter terrorist and the finest and most respected soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. However, Zohan has become bored and sickened by the constant fighting, secretly dreaming of moving to the USA and becoming a hairdresser. Zohan goes on a mission to stop a Palestinian terrorist group being led by his personal arch-enemy, Fatoush "the Phantom" Hakbarah (John Turturro). During the pursuit he fakes his own death, and smuggles himself onto a flight to New York City, cutting his own hair and takes the alias "Scrappy Coco" (the names of two dogs he shared the flight with) while claiming that he is "Half Australian, Half Mount Everest." Meanwhile the Phantom becomes incredibly rich and famous for supposedly killing Zohan, gaining his own fast food business.

Initially unsuccessful in getting hired at several salons, Zohan’s military expertise earns him a new friend, Michael (Nick Swardson), who gives him a place to stay. However, Michael starts to regret it when he finds Zohan making out with his mother. Zohan encounters a fellow Israeli named Oori (Ido Mosseri) at a disco; he recognizes Zohan but agrees to keep his identity a secret. Oori takes him to a block in lower Manhattan filled with Middle Eastern Americans, who are split between a Palestinian side and an Israeli side of the street. Zohan attempts to land a job in a struggling salon of a Palestinian woman named Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui). After first only allowing Zohan to sweep floors for free, she eventually allows him to be a stylist after he pleases a senior lady with a satisfactory haircut and back room sexual service. Zohan’s reputation spreads instantly among the elderly women of lower Manhattan. Dalia’s business booms, upsetting Grant Walbridge (Michael Buffer), a corporate magnate who has been trying to force out all the local tenants on the block so that he can build a mall.

Zohan is identified by a Palestinian cab driver named Salim (Rob Schneider), who bears a grudge against Zohan for taking his goat away. Salim convinces his friends to help him kill Zohan, but he is forced after a failed bomb attempt to contact Phantom. Salim attempts to blackmail Phantom, but he ends up getting the stiff end of the deal as he convinces Phantom to visit New York to find Zohan. Meanwhile, Zohan realizes that he has fallen in love with Dalia, and comes clean to Michael and his mother about his true identity, before meeting Dalia. Dalia rejects Zohan after he reveals he was formerly an Israeli counter-terrorist operative. Zohan decides to leave Dalia and confront Phantom in a championship Hacky Sack game sponsored by Walbridge. Zohan’s fight is cut short with sudden news of the Middle Eastern block being attacked, and he quickly leaves.

Zohan arrives and calms the Israelis and Palestinians, who each blame the other for the violence, while making peace with Salim. Phantom then appears and confronts Zohan, but Zohan refuses to fight. Dalia appears, revealing that she is Phantom’s sister, and convinces her brother to cooperate with Zohan against the arsonists, revealed to be white racist rednecks hired by Walbridge to instigate an inter-ethnic riot so he can get his new mall in the aftermath. As Zohan and Phantom work to save the block, the latter admits that he always wanted to be a shoe salesman rather than a terrorist. Although the rednecks are defeated and Walbridge sent to jail, Phantom accidentally destroys all of the shops on the block. However, with the Israelis and the Palestinians united, the block is transformed into a collectively-owned mall called the Peace and Brotherhood Fire Insurance Mall. Phantom opens a shoe store in the mall, Salim gets a new goat which he gives children rides on, and Zohan and Dalia open a joint beauty parlor, Zohan having married Dalia. Zohan’s parents show up approving his new life before asking that he cut their hair, which he happily does.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Barry Bernardi known as executive producer
  • Jack Giarraputo known as producer
  • Kevin Grady known as co-producer
  • Daryl Kass known as associate producer
  • Gadi Levy known as line producer: Israel, Israfilm Motion Picture Productions
  • Judit Maull known as associate producer
  • Aldric La'auli Porter known as associate producer
  • Adam Sandler known as producer
  • Robert Smigel known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Adam Sandler known as Zohan
  • John Turturro known as Phantom
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui known as Dalia
  • Nick Swardson known as Michael
  • Lainie Kazan known as Gail
  • Ido Mosseri known as Oori
  • Rob Schneider known as Salim
  • Dave Matthews known as James
  • Michael Buffer known as Walbridge
  • Charlotte Rae known as Mrs. Greenhouse
  • Sayed Badreya known as Hamdi
  • Daoud Heidami known as Nasi
  • Kevin Nealon known as Kevin
  • Robert Smigel known as Yosi
  • Dina Doron known as Zohan's Mother (as Dina Doronne)
  • Shelley Berman known as Zohan's Father
  • Chris Rock known as Taxi Driver
  • Mariah Carey known as Herself
  • John McEnroe known as Himself
  • George Takei known as Himself
  • Bruce Vilanch known as Himself
  • John Paul DeJoria known as Paul Mitchell
  • Alec Mapa known as Claude
  • Ahmed Ahmed known as Waleed
  • Ben Wise known as Yitzhak
  • John Farley known as Tom
  • Yossi Marshek known as Pinchas (as Joseph Marshak)
  • Guri Weinberg known as Aharon
  • Danny A. Abeckaser known as Ze'ev
  • Ido Ezra known as Hassan
  • Mousa Kraish known as Bashir
  • Roni Levy known as Ephraim
  • Reuven Bar-Yotam known as Levi
  • Barry Livingston known as Gray Kleibolt
  • Rick Gifford known as Philip
  • Daniel Browning Smith known as Real Estate Agent
  • Tyler Spindel known as Doorman
  • Julia Lea Wolov known as Mariah's Assistant (as Julia Wolov)
  • Dana Goodman known as Mariah's Assistant (as Dana Min Goodman)
  • Todd Holland known as Fred
  • Kevin Grady known as Coleman
  • Bobby Tisdale known as Skizzy
  • Herzl Tobey known as Commander
  • Ori Pfeffer known as Second Commander
  • Alex Luria known as Koby
  • Guy Oseary known as Avi
  • Yinon Sapir known as Danny
  • Donna Feldman known as Michal
  • Yamit Sol known as Dorit
  • Naama Nativ settle known as Sara (as Naama Nativ)
  • Dennis Dugan known as Homeless Guy
  • Gerry Del Sol known as Exploded Shop Owner
  • Shulie Cowen known as Debbie
  • Maysoon Zayid known as Nadira (as Maysoon Zayed)
  • Helen Siff known as Mrs. Skitzer
  • Betty Murphy known as Mrs. Haynes
  • Cynthia Frost known as Mrs. Paulson
  • Anna Berger known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Susan Grace known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Bunny Levine known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Norma Michaels known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Marjorie Loomis known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Carol Schlanger known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Edith S. Wolfrey known as Older Lady in Salon (as Edith Wolfrey)
  • Phoebe Dorin known as Older Lady in Salon
  • Lina So known as Hip Salon Receptionist
  • Eloise DeJoria known as Blonde at Salon
  • Vanessa Long known as Catty Hairdresser
  • Donielle Artese known as African American Salon Owner
  • Adria Tennor known as Kids' Salon Owner
  • Blake Bertrand known as Little Boy
  • Sidney Ganis known as Doctor (as Sid Ganis)
  • Laurie Meghan Phelps known as Plus Size Girl at Disco
  • Kenneth Greenaway known as DJ
  • Constance Barron known as First Woman in Cab
  • Kristen Lowman known as First Woman in Cab
  • Penelope Windust known as Second Woman in Cab
  • Kathleen Noone known as Second Woman in Cab
  • Christopher Innvar known as Angry Tall Driver
  • Ray Garvey known as Truck Driver
  • Barbara Ann Davison known as Dog Owner
  • Eric Lamonsoff known as Hamdi's Passenger
  • Conner Wiles known as Boy Customer (as Connor Wiles)
  • Jennifer De Minco known as Arguing Female Customer
  • Nicole Bennett known as Walbridge's Girlfriend
  • Edmund Lyndeck known as Pharmacist
  • Lily Javaherpour known as Inaz
  • Kristina Haddad known as Hamdi's Wife (voice)
  • Larry Marko known as Phantom's Trainer
  • Anne Marie Howard known as Reporter
  • Veerta Motiani known as Beach Girl
  • Billy Concha known as Kayaker
  • Marco Khan known as Terrorist with Hand
  • Sam Sagheb known as Disco Merchant (as Saman Sagheb)
  • Latif Marotti known as Disco Merchant
  • Christian Reeve known as Disco Merchant
  • Aesop Aquarian known as Rabbi (uncredited)
  • Michelle Arenal known as Girl on Zohan's Shoulders (uncredited)
  • Jordan Ashbrook known as Hot Girl in Club (uncredited)
  • Moran Atias known as Eti (uncredited)
  • Ashley Ausburn known as Girl at Mall (uncredited)
  • Barbara Jean Barrielle known as Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Mike Basone known as Israeli Fan (uncredited)
  • Mike Batayeh known as Fry Cook (uncredited)
  • Robert Benny known as Autograph Seeker #1 (uncredited)
  • Bart Blackburn known as Israeli Hacky Sack Coach (uncredited)
  • Guile Branco known as Israeli Soldier (uncredited)
  • Lamar Brown known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Melanie Bulujian known as Israeli Dancer (uncredited)
  • Monica Cabral known as Fizzy-Bubbeleh Girl (uncredited)
  • Kevin Cannon known as Times Square Crazy Man (uncredited)
  • Ella Christopher-Pantoliano known as Phantom's Wife (uncredited)
  • Nick Clark known as Nick (uncredited)
  • Cheryl Cosenza known as Ribbon Cutting Girl (uncredited)
  • Rossie Cottrell known as Phantom's Wife (uncredited)
  • John Dardenne known as Israeli Hacky Sack Fan (uncredited)
  • Joseph DeLuca known as Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
  • Dom DeLuise known as Himself (uncredited)
  • Kevin Van Doorslaer known as Israeli Soldier (uncredited)
  • Kendall Draughn known as Picnic Girl (uncredited)
  • John Duerler known as Electronic Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Marshall Factora known as Airline Terminal Passenger (uncredited)
  • Eric Feliciano known as Israeli Fan (uncredited)
  • Ian Fisher known as Disco Merchant (uncredited)
  • Elaine Anne Furst known as Salon Patron (uncredited)
  • Maite Garcia known as Phantom's Wife (uncredited)
  • Leslie Garza known as Disco Hip Girl (uncredited)
  • Jessica Mei Gershen known as Girl in Club (uncredited)
  • Nikki Giavasis known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Ronald E. Giles known as Commuter (uncredited)
  • Sharlene Grover known as Israeli Soldier (uncredited)
  • Sepideh Haftgoli known as Israeli Soldier (uncredited)
  • Zahra Heydari known as Dalohan Receptionist (uncredited)
  • Seth Howard known as Party Guy (uncredited)
  • Kevin James known as Hacky Sack Tournament Celebrity Judge (uncredited)
  • Paul Jeans known as Hotel Manager (uncredited)
  • Dave Johnson known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Todd Justin known as Night Club Bouncer (uncredited)
  • Sam Kalidi known as Amir – Bearded Man (uncredited)
  • Sona Karia known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Rock Kohli known as Vendor with No Fizzi Bubblech (uncredited)
  • Mark Kubr known as Criminal #3 (uncredited)
  • Timothy Dean Lee known as Shocked Businessman (uncredited)
  • Paula Lemes known as Go Go Dancer (uncredited)
  • Bernadette Lords known as Business Woman (uncredited)
  • Anthony Martins known as Arab #3 (uncredited)
  • Roni Meron known as Hot Girl / Waitress (uncredited)
  • Nicole Montano known as Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Rachel Mower known as Girl in Park (uncredited)
  • Rachael Murphy known as Girl in Club (uncredited)
  • Bibiana Navas known as Phantom's Wife (uncredited)
  • Christina Neferis known as Hacky Sack Fan (uncredited)
  • Hash Patel known as International Newstand Owner (uncredited)
  • Dianne Perry known as Phantom's Wife (uncredited)
  • Klavdia Ramnareine known as The Hot Chick (uncredited)
  • Deborah Rombaut known as Snooty French girl at the club (uncredited)
  • Rob Shapiro known as Scorekeeper (uncredited)
  • Terrie Snell known as Woman in Beauty Shop (uncredited)
  • Chris Spinelli known as Angry Palestinian (uncredited)
  • Arne Starr known as Israeli Weapons Trainer (uncredited)
  • Riley Thomas Stewart known as Little Boy #2 (uncredited)
  • Sarah Stringer known as Party Goer (uncredited)
  • Christa Texeira known as Ruth (uncredited)
  • Keana Texeira known as Rock-Throwing Girl (uncredited)
  • Seth Texeira known as Zeb (uncredited)
  • Sophie Texeira known as Alena (uncredited)
  • Ryan Phillip Thomas known as Angry Palestinian (uncredited)
  • Naeem Uzimann known as Cafe Customer (uncredited)
  • Dave Vij known as Disco-Tech (uncredited)
  • Holly Weber known as Girlfriend (uncredited)
  • Molly Weiner known as Salon Patron (uncredited)
  • Joe Van Wie known as Hotdog Patron (uncredited)
  • Henry Winkler known as Limousine Passenger (uncredited)
  • Mark Winn known as News Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Saye Yabandeh known as Girlfriend (uncredited)
  • Julius Zagon known as Ukrossi (uncredited)
  • David Zahedian known as Phantom's Best Friend (uncredited)
  • Maria Zambrana known as Taxi Cab Patron (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Gerardo Perez Arreola known as hair stylist: Mexico (as Gererdo Perez Arreola)
  • Victor DeNicola known as hair department head: New York (as Victor De Nicola Jr.)
  • Corrina Duran known as makeup artist
  • Kathleen Freeman known as key makeup artist
  • Eduardo Gómez known as makeup artist: Mexico (as Eduardo Gomez)
  • Maynard Matthews known as hair stylist
  • Suzy Mazzarese-Allison known as hair stylist: New York (as Susie Mazzarese-Allison)
  • Louise McCarthy known as makeup artist: New York
  • Ann Pala known as makeup department head
  • Denise Paulson known as makeup artist (as Denise Paulsen)
  • Thomas Real known as department head hair stylist
  • Nancy Tong known as key hair stylist (as Nanxy Tong-Heater)
  • Toy Van Lierop known as makeup department head: New York
  • Carla White known as makeup artist: New York
  • Gerardo Perez Arreola known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Stephen Bettles known as prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Raqueli Dahan known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Valerie Gladstone-Appel known as additional makeup artist: crowd (uncredited)
  • Connie Grayson known as contact lens technician (uncredited)
  • Jamie Kelman known as prosthetic makeup artist: Rob Schneider (uncredited)
  • Thea Samuels known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Justin Stafford known as wig maker: Rob Schneider (uncredited)
  • Kazuhiro Tsuji known as special makeup designer (uncredited)
  • Teresa Valenzuela known as wigmaker (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Armando Abarca known as draper
  • Ruben Abarca known as drapery foreman
  • Jeff Arndt known as greens foreman
  • Chuck Askerneese known as assistant property master
  • Toni Barton known as art director: New York
  • Mark Bialuski known as on-set stand-by carpenter
  • Robert A. Blackburn known as construction coordinator
  • Daniel Boxer known as property master: New York
  • George Cawood known as creative director: main title sequence
  • Warren Drummond known as storyboard artist
  • William Eliscu known as graphic designer (as William G. Eliscu)
  • Jann K. Engel known as set designer (as Jann Engel)
  • Robert Fechtman known as set designer
  • Alex Gorodetsky known as charge scenic: New York
  • Carlos Gutierrez known as set decorator: Mexico
  • Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt known as stand-by painter (as Bill Kauhane Hoyt)
  • Bruce L. Luizzi known as leadman (as Bruce Luizzi)
  • Tomás López Julián known as property master: Mexico (as Tomas Lopez Julian)
  • Marco Niro known as art director: Mexico
  • John M. Oswald known as on-set dresser (as John Oswald)
  • James Oxford known as illustrator
  • Pedram Pezeshran known as stand-by greens (as Pedram Pezeshkan)
  • William H. Phen Jr. known as general foreman (as William Phen Jr.)
  • Fred Seibly known as sign supervisor
  • Penny Smartt-Juday known as art department coordinator (as Penny Juday)
  • Rodney Sterbenz known as on-set dresser: New York
  • Richard Tenewitz known as construction coordinator: New York
  • Robert Van Dyke known as propmaker gangboss
  • Mark Weber known as propmaker foreman
  • Dave Weinman known as leadman: New York
  • Timothy S. Wiles known as property master (as Tim Wiles)
  • Alyssa Winter known as set decorator: New York
  • Christopher Woodworth known as paint supervisor (as Chris Woodworth)
  • Michael Buha known as set dresser: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Vicki Dittemore known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Joe Galione known as props (uncredited)
  • Joey Genitempo known as set painter (uncredited)
  • Robert Hale known as paint gang boss (uncredited)
  • Jim Husbands known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Patrick Janicke known as production illustrator (uncredited)
  • Vincent Lucido known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Linda Luizzi known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • James MacDonald known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • William S. Maxwell III known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Todd McKibben known as propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
  • Don O'Reilly known as props (uncredited)
  • Garry Pastore known as assistant property master (uncredited)
  • Paul Penley known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Tony Perez known as leadman (uncredited)
  • Jaime Ramirez known as art department coordinator (uncredited)
  • Lee Ross known as lead scenic: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Steve Salazar known as welder (uncredited)
  • Chris Samp known as set painter (uncredited)
  • Scott Schneider known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Randy Severino known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Stephen Shapiro known as key carpenter: New York (uncredited)
  • Stephen Shapiro known as stand-by carpenter: New York (uncredited)
  • Smokey Stover known as set design models (uncredited)
  • Richard Tenewitz known as construction coordinator (uncredited)
  • Jana Treadwell known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Irmak Ucar known as art coordinator (uncredited)
  • Jason Weinman known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Happy Madison Productions

Other Companies:

  • America Translating Services  Arabic and Hebrew signage translations
  • Art In Motion  production services: Mexico
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Bill Dance Casting  extras casting
  • Bowling/Miscia Casting  casting: New York (as Miscia/Bowling Casting)
  • Casting Valdés  extras casting: Mexico
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Deluxe  prints
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Fisher Technical Services Rentals  camera & performer flying system
  • Framework Studio  titles (as Framework Studio LA)
  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Israfilm Motion Picture Services  production services: Israel (as Israfilm Motion Picture Productions)
  • Leigh French's Custom Looping  adr loop group (as Leigh French)
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Monster Picture Crane  stunt rigging crane
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  production trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • On Tour Productions  transportation services
  • Pacific Studios Inc.  chromatrans background
  • Pacific Title  digital opticals (as Pacific Title & Art Studio)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  digital intermediate
  • Packair Airfreight  international logistics
  • Panavision  Genesis digital cinematography
  • Playback Technologies  video playback
  • Red Rhino Trailers  hair and makeup trailer
  • Reel Security  security
  • Rockbottom Rentals  tel cel mexico cellphone rentals
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Sony Pictures Studios  sound post-production
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Steve Berens' Animals of Distinction  animal supplier
  • Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting  extras casting New York
  • Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting  extras casting: New York (as Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick Casting)
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • V & J Translations  Arabic and Hebrew signage translations
  • i24P  dailies and color correction

Distributors:

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • FX Network (201?) (USA) (TV)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (unrated)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Orphanage, The (visual effects and animation)
  • Menfond Electronic Art & Computer Design Company (visual services)
  • Filmworks/FX (additional visual effects)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (additional visual effects and digital opticals)
  • Framework Entertainment (additional visual effects) (as Framework)
  • Lola Visual Effects (additional visual effects) (as Lola)
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (special visual effects and animation)
  • Anatomorphex (special effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Melissa Abad known as visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
  • Heather Abels known as matte painter: The Orphanage
  • Jessica Alcorn known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Chris Antonini known as visual effects plate coordinator: The Orphanage (as Chros Andnini)
  • Dana Basinger known as IO technical assistant: The Orphanage
  • Siksit Boonyodom known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
  • Alan Boucek known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Kirstin Bradfield known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Carol Brzezinski known as post production supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Daniela Calafatello known as creature rigger: The Orphanage
  • Owen Calouro known as matchmove artist: The Orphanage
  • Jerry Castro known as editorial department supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Sanjay Chand known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Fiona Chilton known as senior visual effects producer: The Orphanage
  • Joe C. D'Amato known as resource administration manager: The Orphanage
  • Yoshi DeHerrera known as visual effects artist: 3D scanning
  • Ian Doss known as match mover: SPI
  • Stéphanie Dubé known as texture painter: The Orphanage (as Stephanie Dube)
  • Nino Ellington known as production engineer: The Orphanage
  • Vicki L. Engel known as matchmove manager: The Orphanage (as Vicki Engel)
  • Vicki L. Engel known as rotoscope manager: The Orphanage (as Vicki Engel)
  • Nathan Fariss known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Michael Farley known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
  • Arin Finger known as visual effects producer: The Orphanage
  • Diego Garzon known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
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  • David Gladstein known as software programmer: The Orphanage
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  • Jong Soo Goo known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
  • Rich Grande known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Timothy Gross known as technical support: The Orphanage
  • Heather Han known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
  • Brian Hanable known as digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Edward Heede known as digital compositor
  • Gisela Hermeling known as visual effects production manager: The Orphanage
  • Kevin Hong known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage (as Kevin I. Hong)
  • Sunghwan Hong known as rotoscope supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Ryan Howell known as technical support: The Orphanage
  • Annemieke Loomis Hutchins known as digital matte painter/compositor
  • Michael Larry Hutchinson known as editorial high definition manager: The Orphanage (as Michael L. Hutchinson)
  • Brad Isdrab known as technical support: The Orphanage
  • Edwina Jamieson known as resource department manager: The Orphanage
  • Kendra Juul known as visual effects assistant editor: The Orphanage
  • Michelle Kater known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage
  • Michael Kennen known as compositor: The Orphanage (as Michael Kennan)
  • Jin Yong Kim known as matchmove artist: The Orphanage
  • Raymond King known as technical support: The Orphanage
  • Ashley Koons known as visual effects production assistant: The Orphanage
  • Jessica Lai known as matchmove artist: The Orphanage (as Jessica Y.C. Lai)
  • Claudia Lecaros known as visual effects I/O coordinator: Fuel
  • Michael Lester known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Fred Lewis known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Jimmy Lillard known as visual effects editor: The Orphanage
  • Ron K. Lussier known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage (as Ron Lussier)
  • Keith MacGowan known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Roy Malhi known as matchmover
  • Frank Medina known as technical support: The Orphanage
  • Mike 'Moe' Merell known as animator: The Orphanage (as Mike Merrell)
  • Neil Michka known as lead animator: The Orphanage
  • Nicholas Nakadate known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage (as Nicholas Katsumi Nakadate)
  • Maricela Perdomo known as modeler: The Orphanage
  • Stacey Pothoven known as visual effects production assistant: The Orphanage
  • Alex Prichard known as compositing supervisor: The Orphanage
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  • Corey Rosen known as creature supervisor: The Orphanage
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  • Kent Schoberle known as creature rigger: The Orphanage
  • Sean Schur known as CG supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Charles Schwartz known as matchmove artist: The Orphanage (as Charlie Schwartz)
  • Michael Spaw known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Sharon Stetzel known as visual effects coordinator
  • Bee Jin Tan known as compositor: The Orphanage (as Beejin Tan)
  • Brian Tolle known as matchmove supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Enrique Torres known as visual effects artist
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  • Noah Vice known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Colie Wertz known as look development supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Pete Wheelan known as rotoscope artist: The Orphanage (as Peter Wheelan)
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as visual effects
  • Casey Allen known as senior flame artist (uncredited)
  • Alden Anderson known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Daphne Apellanes-Ackerson known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Laurie Blavin known as senior recruiter: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Joe Ceballos known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • John Clark known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Brian A. Coffee known as lead technical animator: SPI (uncredited)
  • Luke Cole known as system administrator: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
  • Erik Courtney known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Felix Crawshaw known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Chris Davies known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
  • Erik Dehkhoda known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Katie Dillman known as visual effects production assistant: water elements, Fantasy II Film Effects (uncredited)
  • Tim Dobbert known as production development lead (uncredited)
  • Tim Donlevy known as motion control supervisor/operator (uncredited)
  • Rama Dunayevich known as public relations: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Kane Elferink known as CG artist: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
  • Mary Lou Finn known as production accountant (uncredited)
  • Mark Fletcher known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)
  • Mark Freund known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Daniel Gloates known as senior staff: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Kyle Gray known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Matt Greig known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
  • Rolf Peter Hausen known as match mover (uncredited)
  • Edward Heede known as digital effects artist: FilmworksFX (uncredited)
  • Amy Hollywood Wixson known as senior staff: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Kwang Jib Kim known as visual effects production: Digitrove, Inc (uncredited)
  • Marvin Kim known as modeling supervisor (uncredited)
  • Marios Kourasis known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Keiko Koyama known as associate production manager: SPI (uncredited)
  • Daniel Kramer known as digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
  • Mike Lasker known as lead lighting technical director (uncredited)
  • Andrew Lewitin known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • David Lloyd known as head of systems: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Ken Locsmandi known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
  • Tony Magaletta known as first assistant cameraman: water elements, Fantasy II Film Effects (uncredited)
  • Kevin Mains known as modeler (uncredited)
  • Stuart T. Maschwitz known as senior staff: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Lauren Matheson known as lead production services technician (uncredited)
  • Paul McGhee known as senior digital color timer (uncredited)
  • Dan McNamara known as senior staff: The Orphanage (The Final Cut version) (uncredited)
  • Mark Moore known as concept artist (uncredited)
  • An Nguyen known as system administrator/pipeline engineer: FUEL International (uncredited)
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
  • Luke O'Byrne known as head of production: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Jim O'Hagan known as digital compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Alex Orzulak known as technical support (uncredited)
  • Benoit Pelchat known as matte painter: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Dylan Penhale known as IT manager: Fuel VFX (uncredited)
  • David Piombino known as visual effects plate coordinator (uncredited)
  • Michael Ralla known as compositor: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Grover Richardson known as roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Kurtis Richmond known as matte artist (uncredited)
  • Scott C. Robert known as visual effects editor (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Rothbart known as senior staff: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • David Scandlyn known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Tamar Shaham known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Dennis Shin known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Shuback known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Jordan Soles known as associate production manager (uncredited)
  • Marion Spates known as digital effects artist: Flying High Frames (uncredited)
  • Scott Charles Stewart known as senior staff: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Amy Tompkins known as digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
  • Mike Warren known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • John Welborn known as software engineer (uncredited)
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
  • Susumu Yukuhiro known as digital matte artist (uncredited)
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 6 June 2008
  • Iceland 6 June 2008
  • Mexico 6 June 2008
  • USA 6 June 2008
  • Australia 19 June 2008
  • Israel 19 June 2008
  • Russia 19 June 2008
  • Singapore 19 June 2008
  • Sweden 21 June 2008
  • Hungary 17 July 2008
  • Estonia 1 August 2008
  • Romania 1 August 2008
  • Indonesia 6 August 2008
  • Philippines 6 August 2008
  • Netherlands 7 August 2008
  • Slovenia 7 August 2008
  • Germany 14 August 2008
  • Austria 15 August 2008
  • Brazil 15 August 2008
  • Ireland 15 August 2008
  • Turkey 15 August 2008
  • UK 15 August 2008
  • Belgium 20 August 2008
  • Croatia 21 August 2008
  • Peru 21 August 2008
  • Colombia 22 August 2008
  • Finland 22 August 2008
  • Spain 22 August 2008
  • France 27 August 2008
  • Switzerland 27 August 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Slovakia 28 August 2008
  • Switzerland 28 August 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Venezuela 29 August 2008
  • Greece 4 September 2008
  • Portugal 11 September 2008
  • Thailand 11 September 2008
  • Panama 12 September 2008
  • Poland 12 September 2008
  • Argentina 18 September 2008
  • Hong Kong 18 September 2008
  • India 19 September 2008
  • Norway 19 September 2008
  • Denmark 26 September 2008
  • Italy 3 October 2008
  • Japan 23 November 2008 (Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival)
  • Japan 19 December 2008 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity

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10 Comments

  1. newfnshow616 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    I walked into the theater with my brain shut off. And if you enjoy AdamSandler, you have to. If you go by typical standards, all of AdamSandler's movies are absolute garbage. But yet people still love them,I am one of them.

    I went into this looking to have fun watching a movie, and I did. Yes,it was ridiculous in every possible way, but it was pretty much exactlywhat I was paying to see, Adam Sandler's sense of humor running rampantwith all of his friends holding down bit parts.

    If you are looking for a high quality, well thought-out story withtwists and turns and an ending that ties it all together and leaves youwalking out of the theater satisfied, look elsewhere.

    But if you aren't easily offended and are a fan of Adam Sandler's work,then you'll have fun with the silky smooth goodness that Zohan bringsto the table.

  2. Michael M. from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    While I've never been a -huge- fan of Adam Sandler's films, I havewatched them and laughed throughout most of them. I'm the type of guywho enjoys some slapstick, some raunchy humor, and a lot of zanyness.

    I went into Zohan not expecting anything but pure frivolous humor. Youdon't go into films like this with any expectations, and I think that'swhere a lot of the reviewers prior to myself went wrong. They went inexpecting to see an evolution of Sandler's humor, and while I would saythat Zohan raised the bar a tad, it's still Adam Sandler. Yes, it'sgoing to have a corny ending, a lot of physical humor, and a healthydose of humor aimed at the more intelligent in the crowd as well.

    Overall, I couldn't stop giggling, laughing, and chuckling throughoutmost of the film. After a long streak of not seeing any humor films, Ithought it was the perfect thing to bring me back to comedies. The lastfew years, especially, have been incredibly lackluster in regards tocomedies (if that's what evolution of the genre is, count me out, bythe way), and I found Zohan refreshing.

    I think another thing a lot of the other reviewers missed, is that thefilm in no way expected to take itself seriously. The only seriousmoments were cheesy, predictable, and ultimately corny, which is ironyin itself and only contributed to my bemused chuckling. Yes, a lot ofthe humor bordered on racial stereotyping, there were a lot ofover-the-top accents and allusions to the Middle East, so if you're thetype to get touchy about that, feel free to skip. I found it to be arather hilarious joke on the seriousness that everybody applies to thestereotyping. The stereotyping is, actually, rather fair and towardsthe end even shows plenty of "good stereotyping" (as accurate asstereotyping ever is, which is to say, rarely).

    Really, the film laughs at itself. Are there some bum moments?Certainly, but it seems that's been the case for almost every film I'veseen in the last few years, but it was grand seeing the cast and crewnot try to make this the 'next great comedy' and just have a buttloadof fun.

    And if the cast and crew are laughing at themselves (which you canclearly feel through the screen), you can't help but laugh with them.

    If you want to spend an hour or two snickering and have an open mind,give Zohan a shot. Don't expect an evolution of comedy. Don't expectthe bar to be raised, because that's not what this film was trying todo. It was trying to be ridiculous and make people utter that ever sofantastic groaning-giggle followed by the heart chuckle.

    Don't let the other critics fool you, they've probably forgotten themeaning of the word 'satire'.

  3. Troy (Troy2Slick) from Toronto, Ontario
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    The critics are out in full force and tearing this movie a new one. Ican understand some of the criticism, it's a brainless comedy chop fullof cliché jokes, stereotypes, crude toilet humor, so it's to beexpected that it's going to receive a lot of negativity.

    With that said, that's exactly why I loved this movie so much. I'm amovie buff, have over 2,000 DVDs in my collection. I love virtuallyevery movie genre there is. So, I knew full well what I was gettingmyself into before I paid my ten dollars and a Coke the size of Zohan'scrotch.

    What I loved about this movie so much, was that the jokes never stoppedcoming. I've watched all of Sandlers movies, many of them have longbreaks of nothing much to get in stitches about. Sandler is the type ofactor that I look to for this sort of humor. When you're having a badday and want to watch a brainless, popcorn flick that will most likelyhave you cracking up virtually the entire movie, then I suggest you seethis movie as soon as possible.

    This is another reason why I love Sandler so much. He's not afraid topush the envelope to garner a laugh. He knows he's capable of doing amore serious role and have success. I know how good he was inPunch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, but he's very versatile and I can'tcomplain about an actor with that quality.

    I gave this a 7 out of 10, I'm not afraid to admit that I liked theZohan.., and I certainly wouldn't mess with him!

  4. wolverinesforever from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    Look folks, this is ADAM SANDLER we're talking about here. Yes, this isthe same stuff that he was doing ten years ago with "The Waterboy."Yes, this is the same company that brought us "Happy Gilmore" and"Click." And yes, while I have aged a bit since I could appreciate thehis silliness, there is still a part of me that enjoys the goofy funthat Adam Sandler likes to put on screen. I knew very well coming in tothe 7:45 showing of "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" that this was goingto be crazy. And sure enough, it was. But you know what, I liked it, myfriend liked it, quite a few people in the audience liked it, it was agood time had.

    Adam Sandler loves to put himself in ridiculous situations. In"Gilmore," he was a hockey nut with a hidden talent for golf. In "Mr.Deeds," he became a billionaire overnight. This guy has played football(twice), gone on fifty first dates, paused and sped up his life, andmarried Kevin James. Now, he's an Isreali counter-terrorist with afetish for cutting hair. Oh, and he loves making sexual remarks as muchas Borat does. Sound familiar? Thought it did.

    So how does the humor compare to previous Sandler features? Well, it'sunfocused. Part of the problem is that three writers with differentmentalities are writing the script. The silliness comes from Sandler,the raunchy stuff comes from Apatow, and everything else comes fromSmigel. Although I found myself laughing at quite a few parts(particularly when the Zohan was on the job as a soldier), there werealso a lot of parts where I was thinking to myself "Come on. Anothershot of the crotch?" (Or butt, or some other sexual reference) All ofthese various ingredients have been thrown in together, and the endresult is, let's face it, uneven.

    But though the movie may have lacked focus, I couldn't help but havefun with it. You see, unlike "Mr. Deeds" (which I found boring andlame), this film goes whole hog. Sandler and the cast surrounding himdo almost everything in their power to make a joke out of something.These guys aren't sleepwalking through their roles, to the contrary,they're having a great time putting on a show. It's contagious. Abouthalfway through the movie, I began to realize the reason I was havingfun with the "Zohan" was because this movie essentially gives out anopen invitation to enjoy the silliness that was being presented. By theend of the movie, Sandler had done the most outrageous acts I had seenhim do since "Happy Gilmore." And frankly, I think I prefer Sandlerwhen he just tries everything.

    Fans of Sandler will most likely enjoy this one, non-fans should pass.For what it's worth, "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" is a goodcontinuation of the act Sandler has put on for us for over a decadenow. Worth a Saturday matinée.

  5. southsider2000 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    You know, sometimes I just don't understand what the heck is goingthrough Adam Sandler's head. He's a funny guy with natural charismaand, I would guess, a reasonable level of intelligence. So why does hefeel compelled to write and produce films of such appallingly lowquality? It worked with his initial efforts, Billy Madison and HappyGilmore. Those two films defied any sense of logical criticism. Theywere sloppy, yet contained a maniacal sense of anarchic glee. He seemedthrilled at what he was getting away with. Yet, since the release ofthose films over a decade ago, he has continued to crank outby-the-numbers mediocrity that lacks any feeling of comic discovery.

    It is my unfortunate duty now to inform you that his latest, You Don'tMess With The Zohan, is by far his most wretchedly awful film to date.Sandler's character this time, a Mossad agent who dreams of being ahairdresser, would probably fill a lame Saturday Night Live skit, butstretched to over 100 minutes is akin to Chinese water torture.

    Zohan isn't any normal secret agent; he's a walking caricature of crassMiddle Eastern stereotypes and snickering vulgarity. With aWham!-inspired haircut and a penchant for shtupping elderly women, hefinds employment at a small salon run by the sweet, yet blank, Dalia(Emmanuelle Chriqui), a Palestinian woman with no patience for Zohan'ssexism. As can be predicted, despite their antagonistic relationship,they soon are yearning to "make the bam-boom". Their insipid love storyintermingles with a laugh-free subplot featuring Zohan's nemesis thePhantom (John Turturro) and a hapless Arab cab-driver (Rob Schneider,ladies and gentlemen…) ineptly planning murder attempts.

    Now, racial stereotyping and crude humor can be used to great comiceffect in the proper hands. The makers of Borat toed the linebrilliantly, delivering great vulgar hilarity mixed with socialcommentary. You Don't Mess With The Zohan is not even in the same timezone, much less ballpark. The film is amazingly hostile andmean-spirited, mocking its targets with unfiltered scorn for themajority of the running time, yet tacking on a "we're all the same"message at the end. It's like the school-yard bully who beats the snotout of you all semester but wishes you a good summer at when vacationtime rolls around. Why did no one involved in this debacle pull Sandleraside and gently suggest that this material was unfilmable? Alsoconcerning is the amount of animal abuse presented for cheap laughs.There is a particularly soul-killing scene featuring Zohan and twofriends playing hacky-sack with a cat. Now, a good writer would usethis undeniably objectionable act as a springboard to a larger pay-off.That would redeem the bad taste and warrant the scene's inclusion. Nothere however, where the only apparent joke is that a trio of grown menare kicking the stuffing out of a helpless animal.

    What is almost fascinating about Zohan is how little interest thescreen-writers have in their own story. New story lines are launched atrandom to replace the ones running out of gas. I couldn't believe thatthe introduction of an evil land-developer to the film occurred nearthe end of the second act. It would seem that writers' Sandler, JuddApatow, and Robert Smigel knew that their material was limited andhoped that by padding it liberally, no one would notice. Hence, theheavy helping of crotch close-ups, homophobia, hummus jokes, and dryhumping present. As well, the endless cameos come off as desperate andpointless, although it is amusing that Mariah Carey has finally found afitting companion piece for Glitter.

    To call You Don't Mess With The Zohan a misfire is a grandunderstatement. It's a dreary trudge through migraine-inducingterritory that is all the more unforgivable considering the level oftalent involved. There's an old adage that it takes true skill andartistry to create a truly horrific film, as hacks will only producebland mediocrity. Well, Zohan is a colossal achievement, a film thatwill receive endless mentions on "Worst of 2008" lists, and the rantsof legions of angry ticket-buyers. With that said though, Sandler mayhave inadvertently found a point of agreement for Israelis andPalestinians. I think that both sides would agree that You Don't MessWith The Zohan flat-out SUCKS!

  6. andiron from Austin, Texas
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    I have been coming to IMDb for movie reviews for a few years now andhave never commented on a movie…until now. I must say that I waspersonally a bit confused when I saw the rating on this movie. Iexpected it to be much higher. (currently a 5.8) The theater was packedon the day I went to see this (opening weekend)…and I went with 6other people. All of us laughed a lot and left the theater talkingabout how we thought it was a very funny movie. Consistently theremarks were that we didn't expect it to be so good! The laughs in thetheater were very loud and seemed to be coming from throughout theauditorium. Perhaps this humor isn't for everyone but it never occurredto me until now that there would be so many lower ratings. I say thisbecause I most always feel the reviews here at IMDb are right on andrely upon them for my movie going choices. My wife feels the same wayabout this…very confused at the lower score. Oh well…each to theirown as humor is unique to each individual. My recommendation: Foranyone considering this movie…if you like Adam Sandler, over the topsexual humor and just plain weird material….see this movie.

  7. tonyfencer from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    I read over the reviews from other IMDb users and am surprised how manymentioned that this film is "racist" or "insensitive". It begs thequestion: Are people going into to ADAM SANDLER films searching forserious or deep social and political commentary? This movie is a comedyand it stars Adam Sandler if you walk into that theater expectinganything except a stupid-funny movie then you need to instead leave thetheater to go home and hit yourself in the face with a rock, after allit can't do more damage to your brain.

    In the most simple of terms this movie stars Adam Sandler if you do notfind him and his over the top antics funny then I would delicatelysuggest that you do not see his movies as I understand they are not foreveryone. To preempt any whining from people saying that "Other AdamSandler films made me laugh but this one was not the same" let meremind you that the movie you just saw was called You Don't Mess withthe Zohan NOT Happy Gilmore. If you walked into this theater expectingto see Happy Gilmore then again let me remind you that you can actuallybuy Happy Gilmore on DVD and also there is a rock at home for yourface. NEWSFLASH! Movies do have differences from one another and thankheavens they do or the only Adam Sandler movie we would ever have isHappy Gilmore recycled over and over.

    Finally and perhaps most important of all this movie was never intendedto somehow explain or even explore the difficult and tense situation inthe Middle East it was not even necessarily supposed to poke fun at it.This movie was supposed to make you laugh. If you laughed and had agood time then who cares? Everyone in the theater with me was laughingthrough the movie and having a good time. That is what I look for in acomedy so thumbs up Sandler for a fun night out.

  8. spirit_of_truth2000 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" is the newest regurgitated $hitfestunleashed upon us by the brilliant minds of comedian Adam Sandler anddirector Dennis Dugan. The movie chronicles the absurd, zany story ofZohan Dvir, a ridiculously offensive special agent of an Israleicounter-terrorism organization known as the "Mossad". Hisextraordinarily stupid fake accent and personality that would insultthe intelligence of an eleven year old give the writers, (Adam Sandler,Judd Apatow, and SNL writer Robert Smigel) the framework to create amovie that is incomprehensibly bad.

    The movie begins with Zohan in his home country doing stupid $hit,which is what he does pretty much for the entire movie. As the moviescrapes along, you're pondering what the hell "Zohan" is even supposedto be. "How does he have super powers?" "Is he a superhero?" "Why thehell am I watching this?" "Why does Adam Sandler always have to playthe role of a super savvy cool-guy when the only reason anyone reallyliked "Happy Gilmore", "Billy Madison", "Bulletproof", "The WeddingSinger", "Big Daddy", "Little Nicky", or "Mr. Deeds" is because of hissupporting cast?" "Why can't Adam Sandler play a pedophile addicted tomethamphetamines who is married to a retarded homosexual and spends hisfree time wiping his ass with an American Flag?" Veiled behind thefacade of a retarded accent, a stupid haircut, and a constant beatingof dick jokes, narrow minded cultural references, and pretty muchanything else that would annoy anyone with a shred of dignity, Zohanexpresses aspirations of becoming a hair stylist {in which he will makepeople s' hair "silky smooth"(which he repeats at least SEVEN timesbefore the movie ends and you stop wishing to stick your head in anoven for watching this hideous abomination), which is another stupididiosyncrasy of every single Adam Sandler movie in the past nine years,which is including a "subtle" reference to one of his older movies,which the writers apparently think is cute}. After a literal fiveminute long homosexual joke, he moves to America.

    Not long after his arrival,(in,…you guessed it… NEW YORK CITY!!!,where every single movie ever made takes place) he finally achieves hisgoal of becoming a hairstylist.

    Nearly an hour into the movie, a bit of plot is finally revealed (thetime between had to be used as filler for Adam Sandler tea bagging atleast twenty different characters and further humiliating himself intooblivion). Zohans' arch enemy, Palestinian terrorist leader Phantom(John Turturro), reveals himself. Apparently, he is also a superherolike Zohan. There are several scenes illogically strewn togetherdepicting Zohan doing some more stupid $hit and further cementing thismovie as being the most racist mainstream movie ever made that theAmerican public completely ignores because they're too dense to be ableto comprehend anything that isn't expressed explicitly. When there'sabout a half hour left in the movie (I'm probably not correct on thetime frame because I was trying my hardest not to pay attention to themovie for fear that the movie would have pulled me into the depths ofinsanity, so try to bare with it), Zohan enlists the help of socialitemillionaires to aid him in his battle against Phantom. Among thesepeople is Michael Buffer, the famous boxing announcer. I'm still in aweof the throngs of people who were dragged screaming into this fiasco.But I'm still frustrated because of the relentless cameos. Seriously,it is not necessary in any movie.

    I know that I'm skipping around the plot a bit, but I am trying not tothink too much about this movie.

    At the end of the movie, the Palestinians led by Phantom and theIsraelis led by Zohan have an ultra explosion-filled showdown in thestreets of New York as the result of some idiotic subplot regarding RobSchneiders'affinity for his goat (because every single person who livesin the middle east who isn't a terrorist is a goat farmer), some otherretarded subplot, and some other retarded subplot. The moviepredictably ends with each group realizing their differences andlearning to love each other. There. I spoiled the entire movie for youbecause it really doesn't matter.

    In the midst of all of the racism, sexism, xenophobia, and pretty muchevery other idiotic antisocial American sentiment that entrenched thistravesty of a film, there is one notion for me that resides over allothers. It is the fact that the creators of this movie actually thoughtthat they were making a good movie. To me that is mind boggling.

    Overall, I give this movie a 2 out of 10 because there were a total ofthree times when I chuckled at the movie. It's a pretty bad ratiobecause the movie has to have the record of most attempts at trying tomake its audience laugh. However, it was agonizing to watch, so I'llgive it a 1 out of spite.

  9. Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    I've been a fan of Adam Sandler for much of my life. . . all the wayback to his SNL and 'Airheads' days. I've seen him go through manyphases, from some great films like 'Punch-Drunk Love,' 'Reign Over Me,'and 'Big Daddy' to some of his lower-end films like 'Eight CrazyNights' and 'Little Nicky.'

    'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' is not one of his best films, but it'sstill enjoyable. Personally, I'd place it along the comedic quality of'Billy Madison'. . . contains mostly sight gags and juvenile humour.But, c'mon. . . sometimes that's what we need. Our world is going toHell, so shouldn't we have some relief from the pain and torment wemust witness on a daily basis? No. It's not a great film. But it'sfunny and stupid and entertaining. And that's the reason to see it. . .don't expect a comedic masterpiece like 'His Girl Friday' or 'ForrestGump.' Expect what the film actually as and accept it as such. . . ifit's not for you, then it wasn't MEANT for you.

    Final verdict: 6.5/10.

  10. liorl from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:34 pm

    If your expectations are high going into movies like this, then please,do yourself a favor and never watch a movie again. This is an AdamSandler movie and we all know what he's like and what type of humorwe're going to expect…..and this movie is no different.

    I wanted to laugh, and this movie did just that for me and more! Beingfrom Israel, I found his jokes funny and very witty. I don't know ifnone-Israeli's would find half the jokes funny though.

    The movie tried to delve into the whole Israeli-Arab conflict, but itdoesn't go deep enough to make much of a point.

    See the movie if you wanna laugh, A lot, but don't see it if yourlooking for a an Oscar movie night.

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