Cert: 12 Runtime: 89 mins Director: Ben Stiller Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell
I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is
One of Ben Stiller’s best films to date Zoolander is about Derek Zoolander, three-time male model of the year, whose brainpower never quite caught up to his really, really ridiculous good looks, and his famous pose Blue Steel. After losing his title to up-and-coming model Hansel (Owen Wilson), and the death of three of his model friends in a tragic gasoline fight accident, he goes on a quest to find his purpose in life. Turns out, his purpose in life is as the face of Mugatu (Will Ferrel) new Derelicte fashion campaign–or so he’s led to believe. Zoolander is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. There isn’t much more you can really say without spoiling it.
Since Zoolander was released, I think I can safely say that it’s become one of the most popular dumb comedies of the past ten years. Maybe it’s the tongue-in-cheek attitude, or the clever writing, or the fact that it’s immensely quotable. But whatever it is, it makes for a terrifically fun movie. The plot is not strong. The characters are not fleshed out. But Ben Stiller keeps Derek’s stupidity hysterical instead of irritating, and the rest of the cast adds gimmick after gimmick to keep things running. Film fans and celebrity geeks will enjoy all the cameos in here, along with the wild outfits – male and female – and all the goofy looks on the faces, mainly Stiller’s poses. In between all the dumbness is some smart satire on several topics dealing with the fashion business. Just know what you are getting into here, and you should get enough laughs to make it an entertaining hour-and-a-half.