Ben Stiller (2001)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Dim male model Derek Zoolander is stunned to find his career going downhill thanks to the arrival of an equally vacuous rival - but fails to realise he is merely a pawn in a dangerous game of international espionage and world domination. Comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor and David Duchovny.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Ben Stiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing, sexual scenesAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2001