Comedy
Zoolander
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Dir: Ben Stiller
Star: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell
Cert / Year: 12 - PG13 / 2001
Format: DVD R1
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Derek Zoolander is a really, really, really, really good looking person. Voted top male model for three years in a row his fall from grace is swift as he incorrectly collects this years award even though his arch rival and new boy on the block Hansel has won it. You see despite the fact that Derek is really, really, etc. good looking he is also really, really stupid. This makes him perfect material for evil fashion designer Jacobin Mugatu to brain wash to kill the Malaysian prime minister (thus stopping his plans to reform the countries child labour laws, and increase the costs of manufacture for Mugatu). Derek's survival may rest in the hands of those who bought him down, but sometimes being really, really, ridiculously good looking is not enough but is he bright enough to figure that out?

Ben Stiller is a very funny guy, and here he takes one of his earlier characters a writes, produces and directs him into a feature film. So has he bitten of more than he can chew? Robert Altman had a crack at the fashion industry in the disastrous Pret-a-Porter. He found that it isn't easy to lampoon an industry that most people find ridiculous and incomprehensably silly. The only way to do it is to go right over the top, and this is where Derek Zoolander comes in. Ridiculous and silly are his two defining features.

Is it funny? Yes it is the script hits all of the right fashion industry targets and the dialogue is full of great one-liners. In fact there are so many one-liners it is quite probable you won't get them all on the first viewing. These are all delivered by a series of well though out and comedic ally well developed characters. There isn't anything too clever about the humour its just a series of gags about being thick, however the big advantage is that crude toilet humour is thankfully absent.

The main cast contribute to the film working in a massive way. This is Ben Stiller's baby and it shows, it is obvious that he cares about the character and is having great fun with his pouting over the top portrayal of him. Add to this that ever reliable of comic actor that is Owen Wilson and you have a top range double act. Stiller's real life wife Christine Taylor plays the straight woman love interest and does a good job of it too. But real credit must go to Will Ferrell who steals the show as Jacobin Mugatu. Also keep an eye on Ben Stiller's dad Jerry Stiller who plays Maury Ballstein, and Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinanana. Other than that there are loads of cameos from everyone from David Bowie to Billy Zane. Too many to mention but well looking out for non the less.

The problem with the piece, and there is one, is that the film is not really main stream. I'm not sure if this is because of the subject matter or if its the type of comedy, but I think this is either a love it or hate it film. Those expecting There's something about Mary style gags will be disappointed, what's on display here is more subtle and maybe a little cleverer (although like Zoolander not that clever) . One thing is for sure it is a little bit more wacky and therefore people with a more unconventional sense of humour will really appreciate it.

I like Zoolander, it appeals to my sense of humour. It is well written and has some brilliant performances. From not just the main cast but the myriad of guest stars. This film won't appeal to everyone but for those looking for a comedy that offers something different look no further than Zoolander. Its has some great set pieces that are bound to get a laugh, and some really quoteable one-liners. Maybe there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Tagline

3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.

Quotes

Derek Zoolander: I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.

Hansel: The files are "in" the computer!

Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD
Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Loverly sharp picture.
Audio Dolby Surround Great soundtrack
Features Audio Commentary by Ben Stiller and Writers Drake Sather & John Hamburg
5 Deleted scenes with commentary
5 Extended scenes with commentary
Outtakes
Music Video
Photo Galleries
Alternative End Titles
Hilarious Zoolander introduced menus
Verdict A great transfer and a great disc.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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