Cast: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Rob Schneider
Director: Dennis Dugan
Rated: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity)
Grade: B- Adam Sandler wants to be a hairstylist. Well, more specifically his character in the new comedy You Don’t Mess With the Zohan does. Sandler’s Zohan Dvir seems to have everything he could ever hope for. He is Israel’s most famous counter-terrorist and hailed as a national hero, something the ladies seem to enjoy as well. But Zohan secretly yearns to be something else–a famous hairstylist at the Paul Mitchell Salon. Zohan fakes his own death during a fight with his Palestinian nemesis, the Phantom (John Turturro), and journeys to New York to fulfill his dream of making everyone “silky smooth”.
This latest installment in Sandler’s long comedic career is everything you’ve come to expect from his films. The mockery of the Israeli-Palestinian situation provides a refreshing break in an otherwise tense and seemingly endless conflict, but don’t expect the film to provide any immediate solutions. Its humor might appeal mostly to the younger crowd (Sandler co-wrote the script with Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow of Knocked Up) but even they might find some of the plot twists too much to handle at certain times. Be on the lookout for some cameos from your favorite Saturday Night Live alums as well.