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You Don't Mess With the Zohan


Holy crap. A movie co-scripted by actor Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), writer Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien) and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) should be the funniest thing to ever hit video store shelves. But no, apparently when you get three of the planet's most creative humorous types together, the output is a ridiculously underachieving comedy about a freedom fighter-turned-hairdresser.

Zohan Dvir (Sandler) is an Israeli Special Forces operative who takes down terrorists as easily as a super hero. After years of devotion to this end, he realizes he'd rather be a hair stylist, so in an encounter with a notorious villain, Zohan fakes his own death and sneaks off to find work in an American salon.

It's no joke to say this is Adam Sandler's worst work to date. And that's a sad statement considering his recent projects—including the romantic comedy 50 First Dates and the drama Reign Over Me—have been some of his finest films.

Everything in Zohan feels trite, from the jokes to the fake accents to the overacting. It was literally all I could do to stay awake during the thing.

Every one of the individuals involved in this project has far, far better titles on their resumes, and I suggest you look there for a quality comedy if you are in such a mood. Let's all further hope this stinkpot doesn't signal the start of a nose dive for the careers of Sandler and company.

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