LATHER. RINSE. SAVE THE WORLD.
The most skilled and deadly of Israel’s elite soldiers, Zohan (Adam Sandler), fakes his own death in order to make a new life for himself in New York as a professional hair stylist. Watching this film is frustrating. I laughed at several sequences; there’s funny ideas here, a cheerful silliness, and Sandler is pretty perfect as the supercharged killing machine with a dream. As always whenever Judd Apatow is involved the story goes on too long, however. Most of the jokes fall flat, but at least it doesn’t try to get too serious about its politics.
2008-U.S. 113 min. Color. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Screenplay: Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel. Cast: Adam Sandler (Zohan Dvir), John Turturro (The Phantom), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Dalia), Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan, Ido Mosseri… Rob Schneider. Cameos: Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, Mariah Carey, John McEnroe, George Takei, Henry Winkler.