Friday, 17 April 2009

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

You know, I should have known better.

Every single commercial I saw for this film last year made me chuckle a little bit. I think I knew deep down inside that it was gonna suck big time, but I still wanted to see it. Adam Sandler as an Israeli super-here smacking around rude New Yorkers with his feet? Even thinking about it makes me smile.

What I should have remembered is that Adam Sandler hasn't been funny since, well...wait a minute. Has Adam Sandler ever been funny? I really can't recall. Remote Control on MTV was a little funny. Does that count?

Whenever an American comedian dons an silly accent for a role as a quirky foreigner, the film rapidly descends into a one-trick pony joke. See Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson or Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. Except those were, ya know, good. Imagine those two films and then imagine never laughing again. Ever. THAT is what this film is like.

Even John Turtorro can't save it. And John Turturro can save your soul. If only you would let him.

Don't mess with the Zohan. Don't even consider it.

7 comments:

Avitable said...

I was like you - the previews made me chuckle. Britt and I went to the theater to see it and it was one of the worst movies I've seen in quite some time.

Faiqa said...

Agreed with both of you. It was so, so, so stupid. And so not funny.

But Wedding Singer? That was funny.

Avitable said...

Wedding Singer was very funny. And Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are some of my favorite movies of all time.

Trooper Thorn said...

I still like Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy. Zohan was watchable because of Emmanual Chiriqi.

B.E. Earl said...

I see how un-funny Adam Sandler has become and it makes me like his earlier efforts that much less.

Huh? That was a clunky sentence. Crap...I'm sick.

Callie said...

I think The Wedding Singer is the only Adam Sandler movie I can stomach. However, I may have to watch Bedtime Stories - if only for my kids. However, Zohan? Not gonna waste my $$. Thanks for reaffirming my original opinion from the trailer (which was This movie's gonna SUCK).

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