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Zoolander

Year: 2000
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Ben Stiller
Writer: Ben Stiller/Drake Sather/John Hamburg
Cast: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Owen Wilson, Milla Jovovich, Will Ferrell, Jon Voight, Vince Vaughan, David Duchovny, David Bowie, Christian Slater, Donald Trump, Lenny Kravitz, Jerry Stiller

A bit too obtuse to be truly, cleverly satirical, it instead overtly portrays stereotypes of the male modelling world to ridiculous degrees. The managers and designers all dress just too ridiculously and the models are all just too airheaded. But it nevertheless works, throwing laughs at you like custard pies with little subtlety at the world of egos, bitchiness and power plays we know to expect.

The ridiculous premise - that male models have been brainwashed for centuries to assassinate world leaders intending to improve third world labour practices - sets the backdrop for the plot. Moronic male model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) must overcome corrupt industry heads and his own stupidity, teaming up with equally vacuous arch enemy Hansel (Wilson) to save the day.

Real life wife Taylor stars as a TIME magazine reporter (with plenty of product placement for the studio's parent company Time Warner AOL) and his father as his agent. Stiller's perpetually surprised expression and inch long mobile phone typify the comedy, and the gags are endlessly quotable ('water is the essence of wetness').

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