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You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 June 2008 (USA)
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An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist.

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Dennis Dugan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Zohan
John Turturro ... Phantom
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Dalia
Nick Swardson ... Michael
Lainie Kazan ... Gail
Ido Mosseri ... Oori
Rob Schneider ... Salim
Dave Matthews ... James
Michael Buffer ... Walbridge
Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Greenhouse
Sayed Badreya ... Hamdi
Daoud Heidami Daoud Heidami ... Nasi
Kevin Nealon ... Kevin
Robert Smigel ... Yosi
Dina Doron ... Zohan's Mother (as Dina Doronne)
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Storyline

Harbouring an ardent desire to be the best in the cut-throat world of hairdressers, the Mossad's finest agent, Zohan, seizes the opportunity to call it quits by faking his death, after a fierce battle with his arch-nemesis, Phantom. In high hopes of making his dream come true in New York, the ambitious Zohan lands a job in the stylish hair salon of the beautiful Palestinian, Dalia, and things seem to work as planned; until a man from the past blows his cover. Now, the Zohan must fight tooth and nail to keep his new lifestyle, and in the meantime, try to win the heart of his boss. Can Zohan's dazzling hairstyling techniques save the world? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He'll Make You Silky Smooth See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Don't Mess with the Zohan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,531,374, 8 June 2008

Gross USA:

$100,018,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$199,936,011
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the jokes in the film are directly related to an old Saturday Night Live sketch, titled "Sabra Price is Right". The sketch aired on May 9, 1992 (Saturday Night Live (1975) season seventeen, episode nineteen, "Tom Hanks/Bruce Springsteen") 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 this movie. The SNL sketch included many of the actors who appeared in this movie - Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Robert Smigel, Kevin Nealon, and Chris Rock. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) When Zohan and Phantom are fighting in the water outside of the Lebanon stronghold, Phantom grabs a Piranha out of the water and lets it bite his neck. Not only are Piranha only native to South American rivers, but are also freshwater fish. The water in this scene would have most likely been the Mediterranean Sea, which is saltwater. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Danny: You don't mess with the Zohan!
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Alternate Versions

The unrated version runs almost four minutes longer than the theatrical version and includes many extended scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.46 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Strip
Written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni
Performed by Adam Ant
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

I am sorry I wasted 2 hours of my life.
24 November 2008 | by bohabSee all my reviews

I've liked pretty much every zany Sandler movie since Happy Gilmore. His zany antics and crude childish humor are a perfect escape for a fun movie night.

I was expecting this with Zohan but instead I was treated to the same crude sex joke about 27 times. OK OK I get it he bangs old ladies...it stopped being funny after about 20 seconds....time to move on.

The whole Arab/ Israeli thing was done poorly..was unfunny and really annoying. The last half of the movie should have been left on the cutting room floor.

It was like the directors and writers got bored after creating the first 45 min of the movie and just found the quickest way to fill up the next hour with meaningless garbage.

Avoid this tripe...even a 12 pack won't make it seem funnier.


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