You Don't Mess with the Zohan

  • 12
  • Dennis Dugan (2008)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

In this ludicrous comedy, Adam Sandler puts on a dodgy accent as "The Zohan", an Israeli super-agent who heads for New York to pursue a career in hairdressing. It's every bit as crass and heavy-handed as you might expect from Sandler and his occasional partner in crime, director Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry). What makes the film doubly grating is the lame attempt to demonstrate its liberal idealism by having Zohan fall for a Palestinian salon owner (Emmanuelle Chriqui). However, while Zohan struggles with these feelings, Salim (Rob Schneider) reinforces every stereotype of the immigrant Arab by driving a cab by day and making bombs by night. John Turturro is vaguely amusing as a terrorist with a fast-food franchise, but Sandler trades mostly in gross-out gags, such as Zohan's love of houmous and his affairs with old ladies.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and John Turturro. Having grown tired of combat, Israeli super-agent Zohan Dvir fakes his own death and escapes to New York, determined to fulfil his ambition of becoming a top hairdresser. He talks his way into a job at a salon owned by an attractive Palestinian woman, and soon Zohan is bringing in the money by offering his middle-aged female clientele services beyond perms and blue rinses.

Cast and crew


Zohan "The Zohan" Dvir
Adam Sandler
Rob Schneider
John Turturro
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Nick Swardson
Lainie Kazan
Ido Mosseri
Taxi driver
Chris Rock
Limousine passenger
Henry Winkler


Dennis Dugan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures
Swearing, nudity, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Aug 2008
Certificate 12

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