Zoolander

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
A movie that began life as a skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, Zoolander survived expansion to the big screen with its belly laughs intact. Writer-director Ben Stiller portrays Derek Zoolander, a male supermodel eclipsed by hot newcomer Hansel Owen Wilson, whose stoner chic makes Zoolander look like last season’s leftover. A titanic battle of the egos ensues as these two world-class airheads jockey for runway supremacy. Of course, the fact that neither star looks like a male model makes the whole thing that much funnier. About as subtle as a Bob Mackie sequined evening gown, Zoolander is an over-the-top spoof of the fashion world peppered with moments of deliciously dead-on satire. It boasts some truly hilarious set pieces and throwaway bits -- watch for the carefree romp at a filling station that ends in "tragedy." The cast includes Stiller’s entire family: his wife, Christine Taylor, portrays a spunky girl reporter who uncovers a nefarious plot involving a megalomaniac fashion designer, and his dad, Jerry, appears as a sleazy agent. Stiller's mom, Anne Meara, shows up in a cameo, as do numerous celebrities and fashionistas. Amid the scattershot proceedings, Wilson's idiosyncratic charms allow him rise well above the fray -- whether he’s posing in a tiara or engaging in a tense runway "walk-off" with his archrival. Yes, Zoolander is a one-joke movie, but when the joke is this funny, who cares?
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Reality Bites, an attempt to summarize a generation, and The Cable Guy, which attempted to make a grand statement about the dangers of television, were uneven films that displayed a talented filmmaker whose reach exceeded his grasp. Zoolander finds director Ben Stiller poking fun at the world of fashion models. While it is fair to argue that so simple a target should be child's play for a talented comedian, Stiller finds just enough variations on the vapid, shallow people that populate this world to keep things running smoothly for the film's running time. His ace in the hole is Owen Wilson. Wilson's performance as Zoolander's archrival Hansel (who looks like Roger Daltrey wishes he looked in Tommy) manages to be just enough like Zoolander to show that they are birds of a feather, but different enough to show the variations on the comedic elements that make up these two characters. Stiller and Wilson successfully find different ways to use their voices to humorously express the stupidity of the characters, while simultaneously mining the physical comedy that results from mocking the preening posture and movements of male models to add to the comedy. Their ten-minute "walk-off" (the fashion world equivalent of the rumble in West Side Story) is as funny as anything else Stiller or Wilson has done. Stiller has finally found, in the superficial world of famous beautiful people, a subject he knows well enough to satirize completely, pointedly, and even a tad lovingly.
Village Voice
A freakishly potent farce. Dennis Lim
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Often unspeakably funny.
Hollywood Reporter
During its fleeting moments onscreen, the movie's lighthearted spirit and comic energy make for entertaining, escapist fare. Kirk Honeycutt

A freakishly potent farce. Dennis Lim
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2014
  • UPC: 883929407088
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 5,971

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson Hansel
Will Ferrell Mugatu
Christine Taylor Matilda
Milla Jovovich Katinka
Jerry Stiller Maury Ballstein
Jon Voight Larry Zoolander
David Duchovny J. P. Prewitt
Judah Friedlander Scrappy Zoolander
Nathan Lee Graham Todd
Alexandre Manning Brint
Asio Highsmith Rufus
Alexander Skarsgård Meekus
David Bowie Himself
Paris Hilton Herself
Natalie Portman Herself
Eve Salvail Hansel's Posse Member
Justin Timberlake Himself
Billy Zane himself
Technical Credits
Ben Stiller Director, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
David Arnold Score Composer
BT Score Composer
Stuart Cornfeld Producer
Celia Costas Co-producer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Gallen Executive Producer
John Hamburg Screenwriter
Greg Hayden Editor
Barry Peterson Cinematographer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Drake Sather Original Story, Screenwriter
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Robin Standefer Production Designer
Lauren Zalaznick Executive Producer
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