Where I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (A film we have watched most of but need to finish to write a post for for the blog) is by far the most offensive and mean movie I have seen Adam Sandler in, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan is by far the most bizarre and surreal. It’s a film where really anything goes, which in most instances could be cool but they do such a terrible job setting up the universe that this takes place in the audience has a really rough time knowing when stuff is supposed to be out of the ordinary. It’s a universe where you can shoot Sandler in the face but he just catches it with his nose, so he’s a superhero, you can cook grenades in oil and nothing happens, so stuff doesn’t really work like they normally would, and (the constant problem with Happy Madison movies) we’re supposed to think Adam Sandler is a cool badass?
I think this is one of his worst, in terms of terrible enjoyment, so in the grand scheme of life watch Grown Ups or something else before you get to this.
Have you ever wondered how Adam Sandler would interpret the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in comedy movie form? No? Well unfortunately for you (and especially unfortunately for Chris and I), he went and did that anyway.
So here’s another movie where we’re supposed to believe Adam Sandler is cool. It’s weird. He’s not cool, right? I mean, that’s just a known fact, right? He’s not good looking, cool, or threatening. But despite that, here he plays Zohan, an Israeli soldier who is apparently a superhero. Seriously. He can stop bullets. How is stopping bullets a plot point in The Matrix but is never discussed in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan? I know that Israeli soldiers have a reputation for being badasses, but I don’t think they’re supposed to be superhuman. Because if they were, wouldn’t every Israeli man be superhuman? It’s really weird that they never address this about Zohan and we’re supposed to just go along with it.
We’re also supposed to go along with sexual harassment being okay. It’s extremely disheartening how often sexual harassment and sexual assault come up in movies like this where it’s supposed to be a joke. Zohan becomes a popular hairstylist because he has sex with every woman who sees him, and also does things like rub his penis against them when he’s washing their hair. But the women love it! So it’s okay! Okay.
There’s also a running joke that Israelis use hummus for everything, including toothpaste. Is this a stereotype I didn’t know about? I mean it very well could be, but it just seems extremely weird. Also John Turturro is in this movie, and that makes me very sad.