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This review is from: Zoolander (Special Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I can't figure out which makes me laugh more: the actual movie, or the review written by Roger Ebert where he climbs up on a soap box and attempts to lecture the worlds on the dangers of terrorism before handing out a one star rating. I would think it's quite an honor for a film to be panned by the man who once trashed A Clockwork Orange, #46 on AFI's list of 100 great American films.
Honestly, this isn't the type of movie that will blow you away the first time you see it. There are some funny parts, but you may be distracted with wondering why Stiller chose his wife to play the token hot woman. But, like any classic comedy, this is the type of movie that just ages well. It's not a masterpiece that will spark discussions like The Royal Tenenbaums. It's probably not even the type of movie that you'd want to lie around and watch on a rainy day. But it's a perfect background movie. You know, the type of movie that comes on TV and you end up watching when you're just killing time. Or the type of movie you can throw in for background noise when you have a few friends over.
The actual plot is as off-the-wall as they come. An investigative reporter is looking into the life of male-models and eventually discovers a plot to brainwash Derek Zoolander and make him into an assassin, all for the good of the fashion industry. One of the funniest things about the movie is that the successful male models are played by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson--who aren't exactly pretty boys.
The comedy in the movie can be pretty hit or miss, but you never get the feeling that the guys are mailing in their performances; this one doesn't suffer from a lack of effort. There are plenty of word gags reminiscent of Leslie Nielsen flicks. The movie has several appearances from well known actors like Jon Voight, Will Ferrell and David Duchovny, but what really carries it is the strength of the leading men: Wilson and Stiller. In the end, it's hard not to be at least mildly entertained. Any one who likes the stars should enjoy the movie.