Dear God, Did you Laugh as Much at
""You Don't Mess With the Zohan" as I did?
By Kevin Stoda
you laugh as much at Adam Sandler's (2008) as much as I did?
bet you did.
Don't Mess With the Zohan" is so filled with irony about the promised
land that the laughter nearly brought me to tears. The Middle East
is so full of tears anyway that we know you Y"".. must share in these
tears--along with the laughter there any way.
Stephanie Zacharak was right when she writes:
"Despite the bare butts and crude sex jokes -- or because of them -- this Adam
Sandler vehicle addresses some of the biggest political problems of our time."
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.
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
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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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)