Take a Drink: for every word or phrase Derek mangles
Take a Drink: for every celebrity cameo
Do a Shot: for whenever said cameo is hilariously dated
Take a Drink: for “really ridiculously good-looking”
Take a Drink: for godawful fashion
Take a Drink: “Earth to…”
Do a Shot: for hallucinations
By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
Last week I attempted the impossible: writing a review of Anchorman without using a single quote from Anchorman. It didn’t quite work…
Now I will attempt to perfect the formula with Zoolander, the timeless tale of a dim-witted male model (Ben Stiller) brainwashed by a megalomaniacal fashion designer (Will Ferrell) into assassinating the Prime Minister of Malaysia. A brash young rival model (Owen Wilson) and an intrepid reporter (Christine Taylor) may be his only hopes to foil this dastardly plot.
Zoolander is straight silly, but it’s my kind of silly. The plot is as insane as a Satan-haired fashion designer and as goofy and oddly compelling as a model/dwarf/Chinese vagrant orgy. What separates this film from other dumb funny flicks, though, is the quality and commitment of its actors. Will Ferrell is the essence of hilarious insanity, and hilarious insanity is the essence of comic villainy.
It’s Stiller that’s the essence of beauty.
Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being a really, really ridiculously funny actor? Ben Stiller has, and has built quite the comic writing and directing resume in addition to his acting. Zoolander may be his greatest combination of the three (okay, Tropic Thunder is in the conversation).
His gloriously idiotic performance as Derek Zoolander is perfectly matched and complemented by Owen Wilson’s free-spirited dolt and main model competition. Owen Wilson, he’s so hot… in 2005.
A last shout out to the non-stop cameos and casting stunts. Just about every supporting actor in this is film either was big during the film or got much bigger after, although the celebrity cameos leave a bit to be desired.
What are these, C-list celebrities? They need to be at least… three times bigger than this!
There are a few moments where this film feels like a product of people who can’t write good and need to learn how to film stuff good, too . This is mostly due to a few lame callbacks and the use of reaction shots as a crutch.
80% of Christine Taylor’s role.
Do yourself a favor and watch this comedy classic before you come down with the black lung and it becomes your biggest regret in your eugoogaly.