You Don’t Mess With the
by Tony Medley
Watching a movie like this
(or any movie with the name Judd Apatow associated with it) can turn
your mind to porridge. Written by Adam Sandler (who also stars), Robert
Smigel, and Apatow, and directed by Dennis Dugan (responsible for “I Now
Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” one of the worst films of 2007 and in
the running to make the all time terrible list), this is a film without
a premise or raison d’ętre.
Apatow is responsible for
stuff like “Drillbit Taylor,” a film that drove talented Owen Wilson to
try to commit suicide, “Anchorman,” the Will Ferrell debacle, and “Walk
Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” among many others. Apatow is truly the man
who is doing his best to kill comedy, because there wasn’t even a smirk
created by any of these low-intellect efforts.
This film is such a waste
of time that it doesn’t deserve a review. It is an insult to its
audience. It is a telling commentary on the taste and intelligence of
Sandler and Apatow and everyone else involved in it that they would
foist such an appallingly idiotic film on an unsuspecting, trusting, public. It’s hard to believe that
someone who could help produce “The Larry Sanders Show,” which shows TV
sitcom at its zenith, could have fallen so low as to produce trash like
Zohan (Sandler) is a
idiotically-powered superhero Israeli commando who wants to become a
hair dresser so he fakes his own death and stows away on a plane to New
York, sharing a crate with a couple of dogs. Once in New York he becomes
a popular hairdresser by humping the ladies whose hair he dresses
because his is so enormously endowed that he walks around with a huge
This film is no exception.
All the octogenarian ladies he services are shown as being thrilled. The
talk is coarse; the moral tone somewhere below the gutter.
Just to show how
meaningless an MPAA rating is, it has received a rating of PG-13. Even
though there isn’t much nudity (Sandler is shown naked from the rear),
if any film deserves a restrictive R-rating, it is this. I take that
back. This film should be NC-17, not only for its lack of taste, but
also due to a total lack of intelligence.
June 8, 2008