If you've seen the previews, which you most certainly have, then you know what you are in store for. Zoolander is going to be a stupid, stupid movie. A lot of people will probably dispute this next statement, but what you don't expect is that Zoolander is quite as funny as Ben Stiller's other films of late (Meet the Parents, Keeping the Faith, and There's Something About Mary).
Enter Derek Zoolander (Stiller), a male model who is facing tough competition from Hansel (Owen Wilson), the new model on the scene, who has been brainwashed to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Of course, leave it up to a Time Magazine reporter (Christine Taylor) to learn of this horrible plot and make sure Zoolander does the right thing.
Believe it or not, the plot is the least idiotic part of the movie. Every line that comes out of Stiller's mouth is dumber than dumb, and, unfortunately, not every dumb line equals a funny line. It is about fifty fifty. Unlike movies like Dumb and Dumber, where Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels pulled off stupid lines left and right with perfect comedic timing, the lines here seem a lot more forced. This problem is probably due to the fact that the entire movie is trying to make fun of its seriousness, which basically means that the movie has a lot of "serious" moments filled with Zoolander's stupidity, which purposely makes people laugh at the drama. However, sometimes Zoolander forgets that it is supposed to be funny, and just ends up being stupid.
In terms of acting, you can really tell that Stiller knows that his "Zoolander" skit is hard to stretch into a full length movie. He doesn't do a bad job, but his voice sounds about as forced as Adam Sandler's accent in Little Nicky. Owen Wilson, a regularly funny guy, is only moderately comedic here, not being put to his full potential. Christine Taylor, no surprise, plays the contrasting normal female interest, who has a lot more common sense than the two males combined.
Zoolander's main problem, as already mentioned, is that it just isn't as funny as it wants or should be. I'm not disappointed that I saw this movie, but I won't watch it again, because it just isn't funny enough.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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