You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)



Critic Consensus: You Don't Mess With the Zohan features intermittent laughs, and will please Sandler diehards, but after awhile the leaky premise wears thin.

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A Mossad agent fakes his own death so he can move to New York and become a hair stylist.

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Michael Buffer
as Walbridge
Charlotte Rae
as Mrs. Greenhouse
Dina Doron
as Zohan's Mother
Shelley Berman
as Zohan's Father
Chris Rock
as Cabdriver
Mariah Carey
as Herself
John McEnroe
as Himself
George Takei
as Himself
Alec Mapa
as Claude
Ben Wise
as Yitzhak
Ido Ezra
as Hassan
Roni Levy
as Ephraim
Barry Livingston
as Gary Kleibolt
Daniel Browning Smith
as Real Estate Agent
Julia Wolov
as Mariah's Assistant No.1
Dana Min Goodman
as Mariah's Assitant No.2
Kevin Grady
as Coleman
Herzl Tobey
as Commander
Ori Pfeffer
as Second Commander
Dennis Dugan
as Homeless Guy
Gerry Del Sol
as Shop Owner
Helen Siff
as Mrs. Skitzer
Yamit Sol
as Dorit
Betty Murphy
as Mrs. Haynes
Cynthia Frost
as Mrs. Paulson
Anna Berger
as Older Lady in Salon No.1
Susan Grace
as Older Lady in Salon No.2
Bunny Levine
as Older Lady in Salon No.3
Norma Michaels
as Older Lady in Salon No.4
Marjorie Loomis
as Older Lady in Salon No.5
Carol Schlanger
as Older Lady in Salon No.6
Edith Wolfrey
as Older Lady in Salon No.7
Phoebe Dorin
as Older Lady in Salon No.8
Lina So
as Salon Receptionist
Eloise Dejoria
as Blonde At Salon
Margie Loomis
as Older Lady In Salon
Donielle Artese
as African-American Salon Owner
Adria Tennor
as Kids' Salon Owner
Sid Ganis
as Doctor
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Plus-Sized Girl at Disco
Constance Barron
as Woman in First Cab No.1
Vanessa Long
as Catty Hairdresser
Kristen Lowman
as Woman in First Cab No.2
Penelope Windust
as Woman in Second Cab No.1
Kathleen Noone
as Woman in Second Cab No.2
Blake Bertrand
as Little Boy
Christopher Innvar
as Angry Driver
Ray Garvey
as Truck Driver
Conner Wiles
as Boy Customer
Jennifer De Minco
as Arguing Female Customer
Edmund Lyndeck
as Pharmacist
Kristina Haddad
as Hamdi's Wife
Larry Marko
as Phantom's Trainer
Billy Concha
as Kayaker
Marco Khan
as Terrorist
Eric Lamonsoff
as Hamdi's Passenger
Corinna Wiles
as Boy Customer
Nicole Bennett
as Walbridge's Girlfriend
Veerta Motiani
as Beach Girl
Marco Kahn
as Terrorist With Hand
Saman Sagheb
as Disco Merchant
Latif Marotti
as Disco Merchant
Christian Reeve
as Disco Merchant
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Critic Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (63)

The ideas and some of the individual bits in Zohan work, but the crudeness of the execution undermines the results.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

The worst thing about the film is not that but the constant, feeble sexual innuendos with which Sandler saddles himself.

August 15, 2008 | Rating: 1/5

It helps that this is Sandler's least irritating comedy role: instead of being a whiny misfit, he's a local hero who becomes a fish out of water - Crocodile Dundee with a bouffant mullet.

August 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Images of a thrusting male pelvis haunt the sensitive critic yet.

August 15, 2008 | Full Review…

But it's Sandler who is pivotal to its amiable success. Less precious, less power-tripping than the likes of Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey or Mike Myers, he never looks down on his material. He makes us laugh by willpower as much as technique.

August 15, 2008 | Full Review…

This is a silly, crass comedy about a badass Israeli commando who secretly longs to be a hairdresser specialising in 1980s stylings.

August 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for You Don't Mess With the Zohan

My eyes and ears bled as I suffered through this execrable, vulgar, offensive and appallingly stupid pile of turd that made me only feel profoundly ashamed for everyone involved in it, possibly the worst "movie" of Sandler's ridiculous career. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Adam Sandler's films progressed from purely sophomoric antics to social consciousness mixed into the hijinks. "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" may be the comedian's greatest contribution to the pairing of slapstick comedy with a message. Sandler's brand of humor routinely goes for the most obvious joke, yet its still funny, and this film operates as more of a satire than his earlier work. Inserted into the absurd jokes and ridiculous plot devices (Scrappy's satisfying the salon's aged female clientele) is an attempt at reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Whether or not you want to hear the message, the gags involving humus, incompetent terrorists, discount electronics, and a goat will have you laughing out loud. Just the sight of Zohan's 80s hairstyle evokes laughter. Sandler has made a career out of being a childish anti-hero, and this film, in the same vein as Mr. Deeds and Big Daddy, is him at his funniest. Bonus: Love-interest Emmanuelle Chiriquí is beautiful and perfectly cast.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Only recommended for Sandler fans.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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