Dear readers, I’m about to do you a great service. I have gone to see “Don’t Mess With The Zohan” so you don’t have to.
The film was recommended by A.O. Scott (or so says my mother whom I’m no longer sure I believe on that fact) so we went to see it last night.
- The music was good. The music was mostly provided by Israels top rap/pop group, Hadag Nachash, of whom I’m a big fan. it was nice to see them get their big Hollywood coming out party in this movie.
- The houmous jokes were great. Over the course of the movie, uses for houmous get increasingly ridiculous. One of the first shots of the movie is Zohan dipping some pita in a jar of houmous. From there, someone dips his glasses in houmous and licks them. One person puts a dollop of houmous in his coffee. By the end of the movie, houmous has been used as toothpaste and a hair styling product.
- It has a nice, if elementary school-level message about mideast peace.
- Zohan’s Israeli friend in New York, Ori, is a spot-on exact replica of everything I find funny and strange about Israeli men.
- In Zohan’s Tel-Aviv apartment, there’s a huge black and white poster of Moshe Dayan.
- It’s an Adam Sandler movie. It’s not like it’s a movie with Adam Sandler in it. It is actually an Adam Sandler movie.
- Judd Apatow is involved in writing this thing. I really like Judd Apatow and I feel like this a real low for him.
- I don’t want to see elderly Jewish women have sex with Adam Sandler repeatedly.
- Because it’s an Adam Sandler movie, Rob Schneider has to play a would-be terrorist.
- Why is George Takei in this film?
- Why is Mariah Carey in this film?
- Why is John Turturro in this film?
- Who, in Hollywood, thought this was a good idea?
- After having seen yet another trailer for that Mike Meyers love guru movie thing, I’m left wondering what had happened in Hollywood. Have the writers all been replaced with monekys valiantly trying to produce Hamlet?