You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

Year: 2008
Production Co: Happy Madison
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Dennis Dugan
Producer: Adam Sandler
Writer: Adam Sandler/Judd Apatow
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui, John Turturro, Rob Schneider
Another comedy from Adam Sandler where he tries to do something with a bit of edge (last time it was gay culture, this time it's the Israeli/Palestine conflict) and makes a completely middle of the road American comedy of it.

He plays an indestructible, superhuman Israeli commando who, despite his hero status in the Intifadah wars, wants nothing more than to be a hairdresser. He uses a showdown with his Palestinian nemesis The Phantom (Turturro) to fake his death so he can escape to New York and pursue his dream.

Once there, he has to rise to the top of the hairdressing food chain in a million follow your dreams moments, finally getting a job with foxy but struggling Palestinian salon owner Dalia (the luminous Chriqui).

To pad out the gags and running time, he's also forced to outwit a Palestinian who recognises him (Schneider) and plots after his blood, using everything from the Hamas hotline to his clueless friends to do so.

A lot of 'love your brother' sentiment is buried in the lame gags and this is a Sony/Sandler vehicle with the usual gang behind him through and through.

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