Zoolander [Blu-ray] [2001]

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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (230 out of 239)

Synopsis


Zoolander
Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. In addition to Stiller's real-life wife Christine Taylor, Zoolander co-stars his father Jerry Stiller, along with Jon Voight, David Duchovny, Andy Dick, and Fabio. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ben Stiller
    Ben Stiller - Derek Zoolander
  • Owen Wilson
    Owen Wilson - Hansel
  • Will Ferrell
    Will Ferrell - Mugatu
  • Christine Taylor
    Christine Taylor - Matilda
  • Milla Jovovich
    Milla Jovovich - Katinka



Customer rating

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97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Revisit

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    DDunnDatBoi
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    Derek Zoolander is stupid. So is his movie. But by no means, is Zoolander humorless. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, Zoolander is a very funny movie, if you know what to expect. Based on a character that Stiller created for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, Derek Zoolander was originally intended to satirize the fashion industry. The movie does no less and as a result, has received some very negative patron reviews. Audiences went into Zoolander expecting another Ben Stiller, Meet the Parents-type comedy, and when they got an offbeat movie about the fashion industry's plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia, they didn't know how to react. To enjoy Zoolander, one has to forget all expectations and see the movie for what it is supposed to be: ridiculous. Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is the fashion industry's number one male model, but his career is slouching and boy beauty Hansel (Owen Wilson) provides tough competition. Fashion designer Mugatu (Will Ferrell) takes advantage of this and Zoolander's stupidity, and brainwashes him to kill the Malaysian prime minister, after he put an end to vital fashion industry sweatshops. The talented cast and an excellent soundtrack add absurdity to the already farcical plot. Zoolander gives both Ferrell and Wilson the opportunity to do what they do best. For Saturday Night Live's Ferrell that is embracing and developing the demented, while for Meet the Parents' Wilson, it is the chance to play a comedic, confident, character role. Stiller's father and wife also appear in supporting roles, with Jerry Stiller as Maury Ballstein, Derek's agent, and Christine Taylor as Matilda Jeffries, a TIME magazine reporter. Jerry Stiller, like Wilson, always manages to find humor in every role he plays, and in Zoolander this remains especially true. Taylor, being a veteran of the Brady Bunch movies, is not stranger to satire either. Well-chosen and placed music adds laughs and heightens the tone and feel of the movie. With songs ranging from Wham!'s `Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' playing as cruising music for Derek and his male model friends, and Michael Jackson's `Beat It' as the background music for a face-off between Derek and Hansel, any remaining seriousness is diminished. And yet even more surprise and absurdity is added by the many unexpected cast members and cameo appearances. Others appearing in Zoolander include David Duchovny, Jon Voight, Vince Vaughn, Andy Dick, David Bowie, Cuba Gooding Jr., Winona Ryder, and even Ralph Lauren's own male model, Tyson Beckford. I can understand people disliking this movie; it is temperamental. This is the kind of movie that varies depending on the audience and a person's expectation. Generally though, if you keep an open mind and realize that it is not meant to be serious in any way, your view of the movie shouldn't go anywhere but up. Zoolander is absurd, ridiculous, and overall, an incredibly stupid movie. I suggest you revisit this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stands the Test of Time

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    VandyPrice
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    Two weeks after the World Trade Centers were destroyed Paramount dumped Ben Stiller's third feature directorial effort into theaters and not much was thought of it. At the time, I was fourteen years old and didn't see the movie until early December while attending a friends birthday party where we all decided to see a movie at the local dollar theater. Long story short, I loved it and only came to love it more over the fifteen years since it's release. Happy to finally be able to own it on Blu-Ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very funny

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    dlb07

    I love watching Ben Stiller movies. They are so funny. I really laugh hard everytime I watch this movie. Owen Wilson and Will Ferell are so funny too. I love the part when they have the walkoff and when he goes home to his hometown to work with his family. Ben, he knows how to make people laugh and the models playing in the jeep at the gas station was too much. I thought he was awful for pointing out how dumb his model friends were, but that scene proved it. I love this, classic humor that will always be funny everytime it is watched.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good comedy, but a little edgy

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    EricL63
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    I finally picked up a copy of Zoolander when the squeal movie was released to theaters. Prior to the second movie, I did not have a desire to add this movie to my library, but as my older daughter wanted to see it again before going I went ahead and bought it on sale. The blu-ray edition has excellent video and sound, as expected. The movie itself has funny parts, but I wasn't blow over with it. It is also edgy and may not be appropriate for a younger teenage crowd.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stupid, but Hilarious!

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    jac949
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    I love this movie. In my mind, it's a modern classic. Will Ferrel and Ben Stiller at their best. So many classic quotes that my friends and I still use in real life - "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills," "I created the piano key neck tie - I created it," "What is this? A center for ants," etc. etc. If you want to laugh and have a good time without too much concern for realistic plot, etc. than give it a watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reliving Zoolander before the second one

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    Oat2400
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    I had not seen Zoolander for years, but saw the preview for the second "2oolander", and the clip made my family laugh out loud. So since it was on sale, what the heck, get us ready for the second by reliving the first one, in all the male model hilarity. Enjoy the classic, and get ready for the next one!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This movie has a couple of funny quips

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    SlyCy
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    This movie (Zoolander) has a couple of funny scenes. It's a unique movie. I wouldn't state that it would be in my top 100 movie comedies. The price was under $10 at Best Buy and included a redemption code to see the sequel Zoolander2 at no cost. So this made my purchase very satisfying.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Funny movie but it was just okay.

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    bobbynuts
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    This movie is not what I expected it to be. I thought it would be funnier than it was. The plot was just okay. I like Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson but I thought it would be so funny I would bust my guts laughing constantly but it was just okay funny. Would reccommed it to rent or buy really cheap.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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