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You Don't Mess With the Zohan

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

3.7 19
Director: Dennis Dugan

Cast: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui


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Judd Apatow teams up with his former roommate Adam Sandler to write a star comedy vehicle for the actor in You Don't Mess With the Zohan, the tale of an Israeli commando who fakes his own death so he can follow his dream -- to be a hairstylist in New York City.


Judd Apatow teams up with his former roommate Adam Sandler to write a star comedy vehicle for the actor in You Don't Mess With the Zohan, the tale of an Israeli commando who fakes his own death so he can follow his dream -- to be a hairstylist in New York City. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry's Dennis Dugan directs for Happy Madison Productions and Columbia Pictures.

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If the key to good comedy is the surprise of seeing something clever and new, then You Don't Mess with the Zohan is really good comedy for about 30 minutes. The impressive screenwriting team of Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel, and Adam Sandler dreamed up a truly unique character for Sandler to play: an Israeli super-spy capable of outrageous feats of cunning, acrobatics, physical flexibility, and brute strength. We've never seen a guy quite like this, and for the first act, he leaps between buildings, punches through walls, punishes bad guys, and lures babes, all without ever breaking a sweat. Sandler is downright alluring in his full beard, flowing curls, tattered shirt, and cut-off blue jeans, and the character exudes effortless cool. So it's an inevitable disappointment when the action shifts to New York, and the Zohan takes residency in a salon owned by a Palestinian love interest (Emmanuelle Chriqui) to live out his dream of becoming a hairdresser. Not only does he lose the beard and locks in favor of a hairdo several decades out of fashion, but he adds what becomes a trademark additional service for the old ladies who patronize the salon: he boffs them in the back room after completing their haircut. This joke is symbolic of the way the screenwriters lose focus -- not only is it a lot less funny than they think, but they flog it endlessly. At this point, the quick first-act pacing grinds to a halt as the viewer's initial optimism curdles into impatience for the 113-minute running time to expire. Perhaps 113 minutes of the Zohan beating up enemy combatants would have also grown tiresome. But 90 minutes split between culture clashes and fist smashes -- and with much less elderly intercourse -- could have made Zohan special, rather than just sufficient.

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Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Schneider & Nick Swardson; Commentary with director Dennis Dugan; Deleted scenes; 10 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Look Who Stopped By, Dugan: The Hand-On Director, The Stunts of Zohan, Dugan Español?, Zohan vs. Phantom, Shooting Baja for Tel Aviv, All American Redneck, From Guns to Scissors, The Robot, Laughing Is Contagious

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Zohan
John Turturro Phantom
Emmanuelle Chriqui Dalia
Nick Swardson Michael
Lainie Kazan Gail
Ido Mosseri Oori
Rob Schneider Salim
Dave Matthews James
Michael Buffer Walbridge
Charlotte Rae Mrs. Greenhouse
Sayed Badreya Hamdi
Daoud Heidami Nasi
Kevin Nealon Kevin
Robert Smigel Yosi
Dina Doron Zohan's Mother
Shelley Berman Zohan's Father
Chris Rock Taxi Driver
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
John McEnroe John McEnroe
George Takei Goerge Takei
Bruce Vilanch Bruce Vilanch
John Paul De Joria Paul Mitchell
Alec Mapa Claude
Ahmed Ahmed Waleed
Ben Wise Yitzhak
John Farley Tom
Joseph Marshak Pinchas
Guri Weinberg Aharon
Danny A. Abeckaser Ze'ev
Ido Ezra Hassan
Mousa Kraish Bashir
Roni Levy Ephraim
Reuven Bar-Yotam Levi
Barry Livingston Gray Kleibolt
Rick Gifford Philip
Daniel Browning Smith Real Estate Agent
Tyler Spindel Doorman
Julia Wolov Mariah's Assistant
Dana Min Goodman Mariah's Assistant
Todd Holland Fred
Kevin Grady Coleman
Bobby Tisdale Skizzy
Herzl Tobey Commander
Ori Pfeffer Second Commander
Alex Luria Koby
Guy Oseary Avi
Yinon Sapir Danny
Donna Feldman Michal
Yamit Sol Dorit
Naama Nativ Sara
Dennis Dugan Homeless Guy
Gerry Del Sol Exploded Shop Owner
Shulie Cowen Debbie
Maysoon Zayed Nadira
Helen Siff Mrs. Skitzer
Betty Murphy Mrs. Haynes
Cynthia Frost Mrs. Paulson
Anna Berger Older Lady In Salon
Susan Grace Older Lady In Salon
Bunny Levine Older Lady In Salon
Norma Michaels Older Lady In Salon
Margie Loomis Older Lady In Salon
Carol Schlanger Older Lady In Salon
Edith Wolfrey Older Lady In Salon
Phoebe Dorin Older Lady In Salon
Lina So Hip Salon Receptionist
Eloise DeJoria Blonde At Salon
Vanessa Long Catty Hairdresser
Donielle Artese African American Salon Owner
Adria Tennor Kids' Salon Owner
Blake Bertrand Little Boy
Sid Ganis Doctor
Laurie Meghan Phelps Plus SIze Girl At Disco
Kenneth Greenaway DJ
Constance Barron First Woman In Cab
Kristen Lowman First Woman In Cab
Penelope Windust Second Woman In Cab
Kathleen Noone Second Woman In Cab
Christopher Innvar Angry Tall Driver
Ray Garvey Truck Driver
Barbara Ann Davison Dog Owner
Eric Lamonsoff Hamdi's Passenger
Corinna Wiles Boy Customer
Jennifer De Minco Agruing Female Customer
Nicole Bennett Walbridge's Girlfriend
Edmund Lyndeck Pharmacist
Lily Javaherpour Inaz
Kristina Haddad Hamdi's Wife
Larry Marko Phantom's Trainer
Anne Marie Howard Reporter
Veerta Motiani Beach Girl
Billy Concha Kayaker
Marco Kahn Terrorist With Hand
Saman Sagheb Disco Merchant
Latif Marotti Disco Merchant
Christian Reeve Disco Merchant

Technical Credits
Dennis Dugan Director
Judd Apatow Screenwriter
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Au Art Director
Michael Barrett Cinematographer
Toni Barton Art Director
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
John Collins Art Director
John Collins Art Director
Tom Costain Editor
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Kevin Grady Co-producer
Randi Hiller Casting
Daryl Kass Associate Producer
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Judit Maull Associate Producer
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Adam Sandler Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Smigel Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- You Don't Mess with the Zohan
1. Chapter 1 [4:04]
2. Chapter 2 [:10]
3. Chapter 3 [:15]
4. Chapter 4 [:15]
5. Chapter 5 [3:16]
6. Chapter 6 [2:42]
7. Chapter 7 [3:07]
8. Chapter 8 [2:50]
9. Chapter 9 [2:35]
10. Chapter 10 [2:44]
11. Chapter 11 [:11]
12. Chapter 12 [:11]
13. Chapter 13 [2:00]
14. Chapter 14 [4:10]
15. Chapter 15 [3:45]
16. Chapter 16 [2:20]
17. Chapter 17 [4:18]
18. Chapter 18 [3:12]
19. Chapter 19 [3:03]
20. Chapter 20 [2:56]
21. Chapter 21 [4:56]
22. Chapter 22 [1:53]
23. Chapter 23 [4:16]
24. Chapter 24 [3:46]
25. Chapter 25 [3:42]
26. Chapter 26 [4:19]
27. Chapter 27 [4:05]
28. Chapter 28 [3:28]


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You Don't Mess With the Zohan 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 27 days ago
At first I thought this wasn't going to be good. But weirdly it was kind of funny, a little silly sure, about still does have some funny moments.
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historybuffrn More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the charecters, story line and I laughed.
AJROMERO0518 More than 1 year ago
This movie is Hilarious! Adam Sandler has always made such funny movie. This is one to add to the collection.
PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
ever have amovie come to the theater & u dont wanna see it cause it seems 2 have no action/humor etc 2 it? thats what i thought when i would see this movie advertised on the side of buses. i still ask myself why didnt expect it 2 be like this?

adam sandler had me laffin from the beginnin 2 the end & was waaaay better than i xpected. especially when adams cookin over the grill...is that actually him? this is what i call a surprise. i turned some of my friends on2 this movie & they were fallin all over the place with laughter.
bert More than 1 year ago
This movie is funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
I kind of wanted to see this movie in theatres, but never enough to fork up the cash for it. Well last night I was about to leave my friend's house when he told me he was about to watch this movie. I didn't have anything important to do, so what the heck, right? I was NOT disappointed. I laughed harder than I did at almost any of his other movies. I put this as his third best comedy! I was very impressed. John Turturro also does an amazing job. There are some guest celebrity appearances by Mariah Carey, Michael Buffet, Kevin James, and apparently an asian hair-stylist who is famous on some television show. I will buy a copy when it is released! I highly recommend this!
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This is a perfect film for 12 year old boys or anyone else whose mentality was stunted at 12. The dreadful Adam Sandler has based his so-called career on making fun of mentally disabled people and this movie is no exception. For the dull-witted moviegoer who worships at the feet of toilet humor and infantile sex jokes YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN will be an excellent choice. It proves that neither talent nor intelligence is needed to produce a movie.