Zoolander

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Commentary by Ben Stiller and writers Drake Sather & John Hamburg; 5 deleted scenes with commentary by Ben Stiller; 5 extended scenes with commentary by Ben Stiller; Outtakes; 2 original skits from the VH1/Vogue fashion awards, 1996/97; Promotional spots; Alternate end title sequence
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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

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
Billy Zane himself
Natalie Portman Herself
David Bowie Himself
Justin Timberlake Himself
Paris Hilton Herself
Eve Salvail Hansel's Posse Member
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very stupid- I loved it!

    This movie is FULL of laugh out loud moments, some of my favorites being the "center for children who can't read good" scene in Mugatu's office and the scene where Matilda finds Zoolander when he's getting a massage at the day spa. It gets a little slow in some places, but makes up for it with perfectly placed laugh out loud moments. And there's TONS of celebrity cameos...which really added to the excessive ridiculousness (is that even a word?) of this movie. It's older, so it's cheaper than most movies, yet worth every penny. :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    merman!!! LoL

    Okay so this is a stupied movie but the quotes are funny and i laugh at it whenever i inteend to watch what is this a center for aunts? LoL I invented the piano neacktie and i was at a day spa dai LoL

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Stiller and Owen hit the funny bone

    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson own this funny movie. Stiller directed. Zany an d off the wall, it was thoroughly entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a ridulocous but funny movie

    Omg Zoolander is so funny i laugh at it Its one of those movies that are stupid but can make you laugh like crazy Its really cool cause Ben Stiller acted and directed this film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ridiculously Funny

    This movie was really really really ridiculously funny. Hansel he's so hot right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Funny!

    I loved Zoolander! It's one of those movies I can watch over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest movie

    This movie is so funny and never gets old even after the 100th time of seeing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than expected

    Several minutes into this film, I worried that it was going to be a bust, but by the end, it was better than expected. This movie plays out a lot like Austin Powers-similiar in style featuring a dumb male model instead of the secret agent. I liked the soundtrack of this movie a lot and it was worth watching just for that. Owen Wilson is not too bad either... My main complaint with this movie is that it was flat. David Bowie was in it (always a pleasure to see him) but he wasn't utilized much. The art direction was competant, but it could of (and should of) been more pronounced. A lot of this film's success depended on the comic tone and the scenery was a bit too bland to carry the story along. The plot was dull and uninspired however this wasn't an issue for me because the story is about a dull and uninspired model anyway. For the most part, all the elements needed to make a reasonable film were there and it was in balance, but there was a need for a little more "oomph"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was funny

    I love this movie Ben Stiller became my favorite actor after this movie this is highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant with Extra Bonuses

    The movie in itself was great. The story was something different from everything else that was out there (at least the ones worth seeing). Hilarity ensued throughout the entire thing. Then when David Bowie enters the film, it turns it from a 4 star into a 5 star. What a brilliant move. The bonuses on the DVD were mostly wonderful, but all the trailers resembled each other a bit too much, but that's to be expected. If you want to see something entertaining, this is the movie to purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gets better every time you watch it

    The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was so-so, but we had bought it, so we started watching it when friends came over. Now, I absolutely love this movie. Will Ferrell is amazing. The movie wouldn't have been the same if Andy Dick were able to accept the role of Mugatu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE AMAZING MOVIE

    Freakishly hilarious, Zoolander is a masterpiece of writing and acting that often spawns endless quoting and making a fool of yourself. I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really funny, but....

    This is a hilarious movie.... until a woman is shamed into having sex with multiple partners under the influence of drugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Male model movie of the year!

    This movie is hilarious! The whole movie is funny and Will Ferrel tops it off in the end. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make great male models!

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