Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine
Taylor, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovinch
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual References)
Day: 16 Feb 2006
Zoolander has been the dominant male model in the industry
for three years thanks to his patented "look," Blue
Steel. On the night of the VH1 Fashion Awards, what should
be his fourth trophy goes to an upstart model named Hansel.
Adding to the insult, a story in Time magazine brands him
an idiot. Derek decides to retire and seek out his roots.
Meanwhile, the new prime minister of Malaysia has upset a
secret coalition of fashion designers by promising to raise
the minimum wage, effectively ending their supply of cheap
labor in sweatshops. Sensing disaster, the covert group charges
Mugatu, the current king of haute couture, to find a mindless
male model to brainwash into assassinating the new world leader.
Derek, rejected by his family, stumbles predictably into Mugatu's
hands and the only ones who can save him are the reporter
who took away his good name, his rival Hansel, and a mysterious
model from the past who sheds light on the whole conspiracy.
They have to work against time and Derek's ineptitude to stop
him from killing on the night Mugatu reveals his newest clothing
line with the Malaysian minister as his "honored guest."
has a bit of controversy in Singapore back in 2001 when it
was first schedule to be shown here besides the fact that
none of the leads look like a professional cat-like model
(or an inch convincing) plus the whole setup is so ridiculously
unimaginable. "Zoolander" was pulled out of theatres
before it has any sneak previews as the movie has a rather
touchy subplot that involves assassinating the Prime Minister
of Malaysia. Finally, with some political climate changes
on our friendly neighbour’s side, “Zoolander”
finally gets the chance to grace the big screen.
Stiller who co-wrote and direct this slapstick comedy stars
as top-model, Derek Zoolander. Derek who was usurped by an
upcoming model (played by his best pal, Owen Wilson) for the
top model award decides to quit the fashion world and goes
back to join his coal-mining father (Jon Voight in a rather
hilarious role). Not surprisingly, our pretty boy who is used
to all the pampering finds it hard to adapt to such a hard
lifestyle and that’s when the whole storyplot begins
to u-turn into superb unbelievable territory. Derek is brainwashed
into assassinating the Malaysia Prime Minister by an evil
designer (the boisterous Will Ferrell before he is widely
noticed in “Elf”) and his assistant (played so
coolly by Milla Jovovinch).
the uninitiated, the character “Zoolander” originates
from a short skit in a VH1 show created by Stiller. It serves
at best a mockery at the flamboyant fashion world. However,
to extend a comedy skit to a full-length movie requires more
than just a few seconds of rib-tickling jokes thus in “Zoolander”,
you will find almost all sorts of jokes, pranks tossed in.
Besides that, you will find new meanings for the terms “walk-off”
and “day-spa”. And there’s a laughable sex
scene thrown in too. However, not every joke works of course.
Fortunately enough, Stiller and Wilson is able to keep up
the adrenalin throughout this madcap comedy. To keep you distracted,
tones of cameos including Donald Trump, Paris Hilton and even
Stiller’s dad, Jerry and his wife Christine Taylor turns
up as a reporter. Even X-files alumni, David Duchovny appears
as an ex-hand model.
released years back, “Zoolander” marks the most
successful pair-up of a comedic duo (Stiller and Wilson) for
the past decade. Their leading performances with the zany
antics of Ferrell and the rest of the supporting cast makes
this a worthy time in the cinema. It gives new meaning to
the phrase “Leaving your brains at home” after
you watched this. I’m sure you agree with me on this.
what the tagline says, "3% body fat. 1% brain activity".
Zoolander is a madcap comedy that doesn't require your brain
to be switch on for 90 minutes)
by Linus Tee