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Zoolander

Zoolander

Ben Stiller's Zoolander is a slip in his career as he makes the mistake of being the Writer/Director and Producer and allows all his characters to be off center with no straight man.

He is the world's most famous male super model and expresses his philosophy as: "I'm pretty sure there's more to life than just being really, really good looking; and I plan on finding out what that is."

Zoolander's world is knocked off kilter when he loses his chance to be Male Model of the Year for the fourth straight time to newcomer, Hansel (Owen Wilson).  Hansel and Zoolander aren't the brightest lights on the porch but then no one in this film is.

Stiller who has appeared in the very effective and successful Meet the Parents and There's Something About Mary, could have easily gleaned from those successes that a comedy needs a base of stability to work.  Zoolander is filled with zany characters that bounce off of each other.

Zoolander returns to his childhood home and begins to work in the New Jersey coal mines with his father and brothers but his unmanly modeling shames his father (Jon Voight).  Back in Manhattan he engages in a modeling "walk-off" with Hansel which results in a growing respect between the two flaky models.

The walk-off brings Zoolander a comeback job from ultra eccentric designer, Mugatu (Will Ferrell).  Ferrell wears corsets and his assistant Katinka (Milla Jovovich) has a vial reaction to discount retail fashion.

Time Magazine reporter Matilda (Christine Taylor) is billed as the straight man but she appears to find Zoolander's bizarre behavior as normal.  Stiller's father Jerry brings in his own unique style to the film.

We also have the opportunity to see cameos by: Garry Shandling, Gwen Stefani, David Bowie and Donald Trump along with fashion models: Claudia Schiffer, Veronica Webb, Tommy Hilfinger, Tom Ford and Tyson Beckford.

What we see has the base for a silly comedy, but the off beat is not so silly when all the characters are as far out as Zoolander.

 
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