Zoolander 2

Zoolander 2

Ben Stiller (2016)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Killing Justin Bieber in the first scene may ingratiate movie-goers old enough to remember the first Zoolander, but sadly, the rest of this sequel will also have fans of the 2001 film mourning the ruin of Ben Stiller's original poufy-haired poseur. Fifteen years on, he again directs himself as catwalk superstar Derek Zoolander and is joined by his old partner in fashion crime, Hansel (Owen Wilson), in a hopelessly muddled plot. Following a fire that leaves Derek widowed, his son in care and Hansel in hiding (thanks to a teeny-tiny facial scar), Zoolander is drawn into the investigation surrounding Bieber's murder - led by a pouting Penélope Cruz - and is targeted by old rival Mugatu (Will Ferrell). A search for the Fountain of Youth draws these strands together about as tightly as a supermodel in size-16 trousers. Ferrell's manic energy is a late but welcome shot in the arm when the action starts to sag, but he's awkwardly shoehorned into the story. A torrent of cameos - including a brow-less Benedict Cumberbatch - can't hide the cracks and while daft plotting shouldn't matter, here it overshadows the characters and blunts the satire. There are too few laughs and none of the cool edge you'd expect from the man whose look was "Blue Steel".

Summary

Dim-witted supermodels Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald must step back into the spotlight and save the day when a maniacal villain starts murdering some of the world's most beautiful pop stars. Comedy sequel, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, with Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.

Cast & Crew

Derek Zoolander Ben Stiller
Hansel Owen Wilson
Valentina Penélope Cruz
Mugatu Will Ferrell
Matilda Jeffries Christine Taylor
Alexanya Atoz Kristen Wiig
All Benedict Cumberbatch
Don Atari Kyle Mooney
Billy Zane Billy Zane
Justin Bieber Justin Bieber
Evil DJ Justin Theroux
Katinka Milla Jovovich
Sting Sting
Kiefer Sutherland Kiefer Sutherland
VIP Fred Armisen
Susan Boyle Susan Boyle
Latex BDSM Ariana Grande
Seductress Christina Hendricks
Willie Nelson Willie Nelson
Katy Perry Katy Perry
Anna Wintour Anna Wintour
Director Ben Stiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, some violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2016
Comedy