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You Don't Mess with the Zohan [Blu-ray] [2008] [2009] [Region Free]

Adam Sandler , John Turturro , Dennis Dugan , Judd Apatow    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider
  • Directors: Dennis Dugan, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, Hindi, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IZZ2P4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Goofball comedy, that generated some controversy on its initial release, starring Adam Sandler as Zohan Dvir, an Israeli Special Forces soldier who fakes his own death so he can reinvent himself as a hairdresser in New York. He throws himself into his new identity with admirable gusto, romancing his clients by performing 'special services' in the back room - but is eventually recognised and must face losing his newfound life and career. Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Turturro co-star.


If You Don't Mess with the Zohan feels like an extended and crazed sketch from Saturday Night Live, there are reasons for that. Zohan's star and SNL alumnus Adam Sandler is joined by several fellow cast members (in uncredited cameo roles) from his years on the NBC show. But Sandler also co-wrote the film's absurdist script with SNL veteran writer and sometime-performer Robert Smigel. Echoes of a few of their classic skits on the show--built around high-strung Israeli characters obsessed with disco and selling junk electronics out of a New York shop--are revisited in Zohan and are a lot of fun to see again. Zohan is unbridled nonsense thrown at the wall, but with a sunny disposition that proves surprisingly persuasive. Sandler stars as an Israeli intelligence operative who fakes his death to reinvent himself in New York City as a hairdresser. Putting the lie to assumptions that any man in that professional field must be gay, Zohan routinely provides raucous sexual favours for all his older female customers. The sight of bottles of gels and hairsprays falling off shelves while the indefatigable Zohan pleasures frisky grannies is pure SNL, and is funnier than it might sound. The silly story involves an old, Palestinian enemy of Zohan, the Phantom (John Turturro), showing up in Manhattan, but everything is really leading to a Big Apple version of the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflicts we'd all like to see on a large scale. The film is almost instantly forgettable, and there are many times it veers toward the dumb, but it also sells itself well as a nutty concept. --Tom Keogh

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Benminx
How do you milk comedy out of the Arab/Israeli tensions??? It's a bizarre subject to tackle, and risks being highly offensive to both sides due to the carnage that's been endured over decades.
As a result, Adam Sandler chooses to almost literally sit on the fence, having his Israeli superspy Zohan fall for a nice Arab girl so that our heroes have a cross-cultural Romeo & Juliet style forbidden romance going on. But with far cruder jokes.
Sandler's Zohan is a very likeable creation, a charming guy who just happens to be a whizz as Israel's top counter-terrorist operative, but who just wants to be a hairdresser. It's when this revelation comes out that he finally decides to up sticks and emigrate to the US, finding great humour in the culture clash, and Zohan's rampant sexuality in an industry where his main competitors are all gay. To his credit this is never milked in an offensive way but is genuinely funny, as are his ludicrous business practices and bad personal style. Comedy is even effectively wrung from the determination of his old Arab nemesis to hunt him down and finish their fued.
If there's one criticism to be levelled at 'Zohan', it's that it treads a little TOO carefully sometimes. In the American set part of the film, you won't hear either Arab or Israeli lament the tension between their countries with the phrase "There's been so much hate!" without immediately adding the line "On both sides!". To a degree this is admirable, and it's very much a film about bringing the two sides together, but not at the expense of the comedy. The humour does get dampened down towards the climax when it risks becoming politically dodgy, but for the rest of the film Sandler manages to make it a very funny and sweet natured movie. An enjoyable film with very likeable characters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sababa 14 Dec 2009
This is totally sababa (do your homework!!).
Those who review it as 'rediculous' should at least be able to spell.....
A totally feel good movie ("disco disco"!!) which has the guts to at least try and make some humour out of the whole sorry lets-fight-to-the-death middle east situation. No mean feat in my humble opinion. Lighten up, you critics. This was fun from beginning to end. Hummus rules OK!!X
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie ever. 28 Feb 2013
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This is a very funny movie. It captures the situation so well. I first watched it online then had to purchase the blueray version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a1 27 Feb 2013
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This psp film is great for a young boy who loves his psp it was great value for money and a great buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny 4 Jan 2013
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this film is very funny and i have no complaints this dvd is very good and it takes a long time to scratch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly And Fun 8 Sep 2012
By Gabe
Take this film for what it is, Silly but very fun to watch, makes me laugh every time I watch it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 15 July 2012
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Very funny and enjoyable film would highly recommend it I'd give it 5/5 if you like comedy's and films with Ben Stiller in then this film is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zohan 18 April 2012
By Tomz
I really don't know how some of the other reviews say its bad, rubbish and a waste of time!

It's comedy at its best and has lods of lol moments and funny scenes...
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