You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Released 2007


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Dennis Dugan

You Don't Mess With the Zohan is a 2008 American comedy film starring Adam Sandler in the titular role of Zohan Dvir. Zohan is an Israeli counter terrorist specialist capable of seemingly impossible feats of strength and agility. A fight with his rival, The Phantom (John Tuturro), leads Zohan to tire of the violence and he fakes his own death. Zohan goes to New York City in order to follow his dream of becoming a hair dresser. He eventually meets a new friend named Michael (Nick Swardson) who takes him in. Zohan gets a job working at a small beauty salon and quickly becomes extremely popular with the clients. The shop is run by a Palestinian woman named Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and is in severe financial trouble. Zohan's emergence as a popular hair dresser begins to bring a lot of money into the business, however. This angers Grant Walbridge (Michael Buffer), a cut throat business man looking to buy the block their salon is on in order to build a shopping center. Zohan must do whatever it takes to stop Walbridge and his cronies from taking over the business, even if it means resorting to his former violent ways.


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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Brazenly self-confident in its refusal to pander to the imagined sensitivity of its audience. In this it differs notably from Albert Brooks's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim Worl...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    As another run-of-the-mill Sandler movie, it is better than most. At this point it seems a little foolish to want, let alone expect, "more" from the guy. If he can't be bothered to...

  • 40

    Variety Brian Lowry

    The off-the-wall comedy of Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow leaves a mark on the script, but it would require a talent of Peter Sellers' magnitude to conquer this material, and he's n...

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