Zoolander

  • 12
  • Ben Stiller (2001)
  • US / Ger / Aus
  • 85 min
Zoolander
Film Review
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4 out of 5

A nonstop giggle from start to finish, this rapier-sharp satire on the fashion industry from director/star Ben Stiller balances hipness and endearing stupidity with expert precision. Based on a persona Stiller created for a fashion awards ceremony in 1996, Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is the king of the male-modelling world thanks to the "blue steel" stare that's been the key to his cover-boy fortune. However, when the hilariously self-absorbed oaf loses his title to new boy Hansel (Owen Wilson) and decides to retire, furtive fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell) comes to his rescue, but only to brainwash the foolish fop into assassinating the Prime Minister of Malaysia and stop his plans to outlaw sweatshops. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Zoolander mercilessly exposes the shallow and bitchy world of haute couture. Side-splitting highlights include the catwalk duel between Zoolander and Hansel - as refereed by David Bowie - and the return home to his butch coal-mining family presided over by Jon Voight. Loaded with fun cameos from celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz, David Duchovny and Winona Ryder, Stiller's family affair - comedian father Jerry plays his shady agent, wife Christine Taylor is an investigative reporter and mother Anne Meara also appears - is a consistently inventive delight that never runs out of steam.

Plot Summary

Satirical comedy starring Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander, the vain, self-absorbed king of the male-modelling world. But Zoolander's fame and fortune are threatened when he's brainwashed into assassinating an eminent statesman whose proposed new child-labour laws would spell disaster for the fashion industry.

Cast and crew

Cast

Derek Zoolander
Ben Stiller
Hansel
Owen Wilson
Mugatu
Will Ferrell
Matilda Jeffries
Christine Taylor
Katinka
Milla Jovovich
Maury Ballstein
Jerry Stiller
Larry Zoolander
Jon Voight
JP Prewitt
David Duchovny
Scrappy Zoolander
Judah Friedlander
American designer
Jennifer Coolidge
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Christian Slater
Christian Slater
Cuba Gooding Jr
Cuba Gooding Jr
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
David Bowie
David Bowie
Garry Shandling
Garry Shandling
Stephen Dorff
Stephen Dorff
Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer
Lukas Haas
Lukas Haas
Protestor
Anne Meara
Billy Zane
Billy Zane
Evil DJ
Justin Theroux
Tom Ford
Tom Ford
Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
Luke Zoolander
Vince Vaughn

Crew

Director
Ben Stiller

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Drug abuse.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2001
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy

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