Directed by Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Jerry Stiller, Milla Jovovich, David Duchovny.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and drug references.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
October 9, 2001

Let's get this straight: there is no chance in hell that I am giving this movie a positive review, because it was just too dumb. Unfortunately, I can't completely bash it either because it was one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. So for all of you who disagree, I just explained why two stars is a fair rating.

The new prime minister of Malaysia is elected and threatens to raise the wages and eliminate sweatshops. The Fashion Industry is at a risk of going bankrupt, so the big guns ask Jacobim Mugatu (Will Farrell), a big fashion designer, to find a male model who is self-centered and dumb enough that he would not know if he were being used. Enter Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), the biggest male model in the world. He is interviewed by Matilda Jeffries (Stiller's wife Christine Taylor), a reporter for Time magazine, who is trying to find dirt on Mugatu. Derek tells Matilda to come to the VH1 Fashion Awards where he is up for Model of The Year and hopes to win for the fourth time in a row.

At the Fashion Awards, Derek loses to a hot new model named Hansel (Owen Wilson). This is when Mugatu decides that Derek Zoolander is the perfect model for his plan and orders Derek's agent, Maury Ballstein (Stiller's father Jerry Stiller), to get Derek to model his new line of clothes. Derek is then brainwashed by Mugatu to kill the prime minister of Malaysia. Now, Matilda has to convince Derek that he was brainwashed and, with the help of Hansel, they try to save the world.

Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in Zoolander. He also put his entire family and everyone he knew in the movie. It turned out to be very funny. Ben Stiller admitted himself that this was a dumb story -- and he is right -- but nothing can take away from the pure comic genius of Stiller. With cameos from Cuba Gooding Jr. to Billy Zane to David Bowie and shameless product placements, this is a good satire to see for just for a mindless laugh. If you want see an intellectual film, don't bother.

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