3 % BODY FAT. 1 % BRAIN ACTIVITY.
A fashion designer (Will Ferrell) plans to brainwash the dumbest male model around, which happens to be Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), into assassinating a prime minister threatening to close down the designer’s business. That’s the stupid story of this “frat pack” comedy, but funny it still is, thanks to enthusiastic performances and amusing broadsides at the fashion community’s most challenging aspects (the ads, shallowness, outlandish outfits). Director Stiller is great fun as the aging model; his father Jerry plays his agent and that mere appearance is enough to spark laughs.
2001-U.S. 89 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ben Stiller. Screenplay: Ben Stiller, John Hamburg, Drake Sather. Cast: Ben Stiller (Derek Zoolander), Owen Wilson (Hansel McDonald), Christine Taylor (Matilda Jeffries), Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller… David Duchovny, Jon Voight, Alexander Skarsgård. Cameos: Donald Trump, Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Natalie Portman, Lenny Kravitz, Fabio, Paris Hilton, Billy Zane, David Bowie, Winona Ryder, Tommy Hilfiger, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer, Garry Shandling, Victoria Beckham, Karl Lagerfeld, Vince Vaughn.
Trivia: Co-produced by Ben Stiller. Followed by Zoolander 2 (2016).
Quote: “A eugoogalizor, one who speaks at funerals. Or did you think I’d be too stupid to know what a eugoogoly was?” (Stiller)