Sadly, I was living in the Middle East when the film came out in 2008--and most Arab countries didn't put it in the movie theaters. So, until I saw it tonight here at the edge of East Asia, I had been oblivious to the film's existence. Amazingly, the film is not highly rated in most media venues and many internet site rating systems.
FINEST POST-ZIONIST ACTION HAIRDRESSING COMEDY EVER
Nonetheless, "[o]n the positive side, Time claimed the film to be a "laff scuffle," and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. David Edelstein of New York Magazine went as far as to say "Adam Sandler is mesmerizing," and A.O Scott of The New York Times said it was "the finest post-Zionist action-hairdressing sex comedy I have ever seen.'"
Writing for Salon.com , Zacharak notes that in "'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' -- in which Adam Sandler plays an Israeli counterterrorist commando whose big dream is to become a hairdresser -- is the movie "Munich"  should have been. At the very least, it's got to be the first picture to use smelly-feet jokes as a means of parsing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
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