for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Frank Release date: February 12, 2016 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Ben Stiller's spoof of what is the extremely pompous fashion industry continues in this part 2 film which has him and his pal Owen Wilson living in a desert and in what is stated to be northern New Jersey a place that has mountains and deep snow. Each character has become reclusive after their moment in the sun as the top models has failed.
Added to the story is the is the emergence of Steve (Stiller) who is the third person God created along with Adam and Eve, Steve is the icon of the fashion world and his descendants has the blood line to be the most effective and sought after models in the World. There is also some influx of the idea that the blood of Zoolander's son can give eternal youth to whoever drinks it. By the time we know that the film is already lost.
The film is filled with cameos the best of which is performed by Benedict Cumberbatch who plays a nearly silent transvestite with a style all his own. Kristen Wing is difficult to recognize through her massive make up that has her lips the size of a moose. She is Alexanya Atoz the head of the largest fashion institution on Earth. Note the A to Z her company has everything under control.
Zoolander's son becomes the focus of the film, he must be saved by Stiller and Wilson with the help of Penelope Cruz who looks fashionable in what ever she wears. Why she is in this film I don't know. But many interesting folks have small parts which could have worked but none of them do. Sting, Susan Sarandon, Milla Jovovich, Macaulay Culkin, all file in for a short word of two or just some groans. Stiller even got some high fashion icons to take part: After seeing the film they probably won't do that again.
If someone is interested in a good spoof of the fashion industry look up, Robert Altman's Ready to Wear (Pret Porter) from 1984 the last scene will knock you off your chair.