"Munich" was one of those Stephen Spielberg films that Zacharak described as was "interested in notions of personal responsibility and guilt as he [Spielberg] is in pure storytelling." Zacharack noted of Spielberg that "at his best, he helps us make the distinction between the facile and somewhat detached motto favored by Christian teens, "What would Jesus do?' and the more probing realist-humanist question, "What would -- or should -- I have done?'"
Munich was "a fictionalized version of a real-life story: After the Palestinian terrorist group Black September kidnapped and murdered 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, Israel responded -- secretly -- by assigning a team of underground hit men to seek out and kill 11 men whom Israeli intelligence had identified as masterminds of the plot. "Munich,' its script by Eric Roth and Tony Kushner, was inspired by Canadian journalist George Jonas' controversial book, "Vengeance.'"
In contrast, Zacharak says that ""You Don't Mess With the Zohan" is "a mainstream movie that dares to make jokes about the kinds of complex political realities that most of us don't dare bring up at dinner parties. And while it doesn't attempt to offer any viable diplomatic solution (you won't see Sandler accepting the Nobel Peace Prize anytime soon, or ever), it makes a valiant effort to bridge a gap that most of us, dispiritingly, have come to believe is unbridgeable."
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