Don’t bother with the Zohan
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
One out of Four suns
I am distraught over this film and Adam Sandler. What a horrid disappointment. The problem here is that Sandler is at the point in his career where he thinks he can literally get away with anything.
“Zohan” proves that to be absolutely false.
While Sandler tirelessly stretching one joke over two hours is bad enough, he then starts to get cocky and assume that he can pull off this abhorrent character with no backup.
Zohan is an Israeli counter-terrorist who fakes his death so that he can move to America and make the city “silky smooth” by becoming a hairdresser. This might have actually been mildly entertaining if he had done that, but instead he starts romancing all of his clients, women in their 70’s and 80’s.
What this does in turn is make a bad movie worse. Now he is neither a good hairstylist nor a butt-kicking soldier. In effect, he is nothing we care about.
As for the “laughs,” there are some mild chuckles in the beginning, but that is it. I was in a packed theater, and the giggles were sparse.
One surprise was the amount of cameos. I would venture to assume that being asked to cameo in one of Sandler’s films would be a compliment, but I hope that these people knew what they were being dragged into.
Mariah Carey, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock and Dave Matthews were on screen (just to name a few) with John Turturro and the forever faithful Rob Schneider in bigger roles. One has to wonder if they read the script before conceding. Then again, this movie probably looked better on paper.
My advice? Save your hard-earned ten bucks.
Three ouf of Four suns
While the males in the audience would probably jump at the idea of Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in tight-fitting dresses and sultry sex-scenes, I doubt many of them are going to run out and see this film.
You should. Both actresses impress with the way they bring their feminized versions of their characters to life, in a way that satisfies both genders.
And that is not to say that director Justin Chadwick does a fantastic job of bringing the well-read Philippa Gregory novel to life, but just the opposite. The film is jerky and hard to follow. But the actresses are superb in their delivery of the Boleyn sisters.
Based on Henry VIII’s love-life, “The Other Boleyn Girl” shows the shallow part of family. While one woman successfully produces sons, the other successfully marries the king. No one gets to be happy, and therefore the audience is equally invested in both women.
This film would be great for date night this week.
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