You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Dennis Dugan (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Israeli Special Agent Zohan Dvir grows tired of his dangerous life and longs for a change of scene. While in the process of capturing an enemy activist, Zohan fakes his own death and moves to New York to begin a new life as a hair stylist. He is forced to use his combat training once more to defend his neighbourhood from a crooked landlord and his thugs. Comedy, starring Adam Sandler, John Turturro and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

Cast & Crew

Zohan "The Zohan" Dvir Adam Sandler
Salim Rob Schneider
Phantom John Turturro
Dalia Emmanuelle Chriqui
Michael Nick Swardson
Gail Lainie Kazan
Oori Ido Mosseri
Taxi driver Chris Rock
Limousine passenger Henry Winkler
Director Dennis Dugan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Swearing, nudity, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Aug 2008