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by Todd Pearage

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (10/7/08)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity.

Directed by Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry and Benchwarmers)

Starring Adam Sandler, Alex Luria, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lainie Kazan, Rob Schneider, Sayed Badreya, Shelley Berman

Todd's Rating: Skip it

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan…more like don’t watch the Zohan.

The story is about a Mossad agent Zohan Dvir, who fakes his death so he can pursue his dream of becoming a hair stylist in New York City. He “romances” his clients by giving them "special services" in the back room. However, he is eventually recognized, and risks losing his newfound life and career.

There really is so little to say about this movie. It is completely unashamed of what it is: a ridiculous raunch-fest. From beginning to end, Sandler and crew push the PG-13 envelope with sex jokes and innuendos, not to mention Sandler’s bear back side and ridiculous oversized bulge in front.

I normally like Adam Sandler, but this one offered nothing new and very few laughs…so “Skip It.”

Not this one. This Adam Sandler/Judd Apatow (Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin) movie goes way beyond crude, and it is relentless throughout.

Side Note:
As said above, we don't recommend your kids see this film. But on the occasion that they actually have already seen it, you may want to dialogue about the film with them. These questions below may be a help to you.

Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?

  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?

  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?

Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.

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