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Zoolander (2001)



Critic Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.

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Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. In addition to Stiller's real-life wife Christine Taylor, Zoolander co-stars his father Jerry Stiller, along with Jon Voight, David Duchovny, Andy Dick, and Fabio. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Ben Stiller
as Derek Zoolander
Will Ferrell
as Jacobim Mugatu
Christine Taylor
as Matilda Jeffries
Jerry Stiller
as Maury Ballstein
David Duchovny
as J.P. Prewitt
Jon Voight
as Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander
as Scrappy Zoolander
Billy Zane
as Himself
Woodrow Asai
as Prime Minister of Malaysia
Donald Trump
as Himself
Steve Kmetko
as Himself
as Himself
Gwen Stefani
as Herself
Heidi Klum
as Herself
Mark Ronson
as Himself
Paris Hilton
as Herself
David Bowie
as Himself
Fred Durst
as Himself
Lance Bass
as Himself
Lil' Kim
as Herself
Lukas Haas
as Himself
Carmen Kass
as Herself
Little Kingz
as Themselves
Matt Levin
as Archie
Andy Dick
as Olga the Masseuse
Andrew Wilson
as Hansel's Corner Guy
Vikram Chatwal
as Hansel's Posse Member
as Hansel's Posse Member
Jonah Luber
as Hansel's Posse Member
Michael McAlpin
as Hansel's Posse Member
Eve Salvail
as Hansel's Posse Member
Shavo Odadjian
as Hansel's Posse Member
Kristina Eliot Johnson
as Hansel's Posse Member
Richard Gladys
as Hansel's Posse Member
Amy Stiller
as Hansel's Posse Member
John Vargas
as Italian Designer
Jennifer Coolidge
as American Designer
Tony Kanal
as French Designer
Endre Hules
as German Designer
Nora Dunn
as British Designer
as Mugatu's Dog
Steve Kahlua
as Coal Mine Tavern Dog
Ric Pipino
as Derek's Interview Hairstylist
Jennifer McComb
as Mugatu Model
Johann Urb
as Mugatu Bodyguard
Luc Commeret
as Mugatu Bodyguard
Herb Lieberz
as Time Magazine Reader
Colin McNish
as Night Club Security
Darren Copeland
as Night Club Security
Richard Stanley
as Night Club Bouncer
Shabazz Richardson
as Night Club Bouncer
Rohan Quine
as Night Club Bouncer
as Billy Zane's Date
Charles L. Brame
as Abraham Lincoln
James Marsden
as John Wilkes Booth
Rudy Segura
as JFK Assassin
Randall Slavin
as JFK Assassin
Patton Oswalt
as Monkey Photographer
Stan Chu
as Sherpa
Kum Ming Ho
as Climber
Theo Kogan
as Cool Tattoo Girl
Lam Bor
as Dalai Lama Guy
Angel 11:11
as Funky Loft Guest
Luther Creek
as Funky Loft Guest
Dechen Thurman
as Funky Loft Guest
Kenny Max
as Funky Loft Guest
as Ennui
David Pressman
as Maori Tribesman
as Janitor Derek
Taj Crown
as Janitor Hansel
Richie Rich
as Derelicte Doorman
as Derelicte Bouncer
Frederic Fekkai
as Derek's Derelicte Hairstylist
Kevyn Aucoin
as Derek's Derelicte Makeup Artist
Boris Kachscovsky
as Zoolander Center Student
Mitch Winston
as Infomercial Director
Mason Webb
as Derek Jr.
Alexa Nikolas
as Story Hour Girl
Anne Meara
as Heckler
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Critic Reviews for Zoolander

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36)

A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

At times Zoolander threatens to disappear up its own catwalk, but it's often very funny stuff.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models.

July 12, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you're aware of -- and amused by -- pop culture, you'll laugh a lot.

June 19, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Doesn't Stiller realize that the fashion world is already its own parody?

January 22, 2002

It's patchy and occasionally irritating. However, it's also occasionally very funny.

November 19, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Zoolander


A solid and entertaining satire that makes fun of the fashion world and the people involved in it (even though in a very obvious way) with many inspired moments, including a hilarious gas station explosion and a priceless "walk-off" scene with David Bowie as judge.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"Zoolander" is essentially a showcase for the comedic talents of these famous actors through their glory days, and it definitely does not fall short on the gags. Ben Stiller and Own Wilson both had me laughing hysterically, even though the dialogue they were saying was so incredibly dumb. It does work in the context of the film though. The basic story of this film is that Ben Stiller's character, being the dumb male model that he is, needs to retain his title of the worlds best, because it is really all he has in life. There is a sweet undertone beneath these elements as well that I really enjoyed. The one word I cannot wrap my head around while explaining this film, however, is stupid. "Zoolander" is a tremendously stupid picture that encapsules idiots in the most bizarre scenarios. Did I enjoy the hell out of this film? Absolutely! Is it great? Absolutely not!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Hansel: I wasn't like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere's a real hero of mine. Sting. Sting would be another person who's a hero. The music he's created over the years, I don't really listen to it, but the fact that he's making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what product I'm selling? No. Do I know what I'm doing today? No. But I'm here, and I'm gonna give it my best shot. "3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity." Zoolander is a bizarre, silly, and pretty funny film. I don't really know how to feel about it. There was a lot of laugh out loud satire of the whole model/fashion industry, but there was also some scenes that just made me say, "What the fuck?" I'm sort of in the middle here, not really liking the movie, but not disliking it either. Weird. Derek Zoolander is the biggest star in male modeling, and also the stupidest. When a new prime minister in Malaysia ruins the fashion business by actually giving good wages to workers and abolishing child labor, Mugatu, the biggest fashion designer, plans to brainwash Zoolander into assassinating the Malaysian pm.  There's some good stuff in this movie. I really liked the David Duvanchy scene. There's some truly hilarious material in the film, if only there wasn't ten minutes of weird and unfunny material to sit through before getting to the scenes and dialogue that actually worked. In the end, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson make the film enough fun to warrant a watch. I still don't know what to think of it though.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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