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And why is there no thread devoted to this film?

What are your favorite lines? (How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read... if they can't even fit inside the building?)

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Best cameo? David Bowie? Billy Zane? David Duchovny?

If you don't think this was one of the five greatest films of all time, please stay the heck far, far, away from this thread. Otherwise, please post your praises here.

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I love Zoolander. I've probably seen it six or seven times, and thinking about it makes me want to see it again.

The gas-station gas fight is one of the funniest moments in comedy I've ever seen.

I love Bowie's cameo... I'll have to go with that one. But Zane's and Duchovny's are both hilarious.

Will Ferrell's costume is one of the great movie makeovers.

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Hm, I've never seen this one, but from what I'm reading here...

Wait. Jeff, given my, um, strong feelings about Anchorman, would I be advised to stay far, far away?

I have to admit, I have no idea what the line Ken quoted means, but it did make me laugh out loud.

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I think you would enjoy it more than Anchorman. Although it has moments of extreme crassness, it's not nearly as crass as Anchorman. And the lampooning of the fashion industry is elaborate and outrageous. It's the funniest thing Ben Stiller has ever done.

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I can date my youth ministry years by what movie was popular to quote. Goodness gracious I got sick of hearing:

"Mer-man Dad, Mer-man!" and "maybe I'm not the best 'ugoogalizer'."

But I watched it again over the summer and it's pretty darn funny. It's ok for me to start liking it again. Now, about Napoleon Dynamite...

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This is all well and good, folks, but it seems you've forgotten that even though you might have rockhard abs and chiseled features, it doesn't mean you too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.

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Zoolander (Which, I think, was the first major studio release after 9/11, no?).

I seem to remember some controversy surrounding the release of Zoolander. Am I correct in recalling that the studio that released the film opted to digitally remove the World Trade Center from several shots because the release was so close to 9/11?

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kenmorefield wrote:

: Zoolander (Which, I think, was the first major studio release after 9/11, no?).

No, that would be Hardball (my review) and The Glass House. (Hmmm, what a pair of titles!)

Zoolander came out two weeks later, and came in #2, behind fellow new release Don't Say a Word and ahead of fellow new release Hearts in Atlantis.

Interestingly, the only major new films during the week in-between -- both of which opened outside the Top 10 -- were Mariah Carey's Glitter and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2.

Baal_T'shuvah wrote:

: I seem to remember some controversy surrounding the release of Zoolander. Am I correct in

: recalling that the studio that released the film opted to digitally remove the World Trade Center from

: several shots because the release was so close to 9/11?

That rings a vague bell, though as you can see, they would have had to edit the film in an awful hurry, since it came out less than three weeks after 9/11. (I remember Don't Say a Word had a shot in which the twin towers were visible in the distance, and it made some people wince, at the time.)

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: Greatest Comedy of the Century?

You mean, greatest comedy of the past almost-six years?

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Jeffrey Overstreet:

The gas-station gas fight is one of the funniest moments in comedy I've ever seen.

Yes! I don't think I've ever laughed harder in sheer amusement than the first time I saw that scene.

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Zoolander is one of those movies, like The Goonies, and Boondock Saints, that I never heard about until I came to college and found that it has an enormous cult following. All the students over at the Catholic Center quote Zoolander, and though I never have a clue about what they're talking about, they sound funny despite.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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And so I say again: Sequel?

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Zoolander 2' Set '10 Years Later,' Derek And Hansel Must 'Reinvent Themselves,' Mugatu Back 'If Will Says Yes'

Most importantly: Stiller and his "'Zoolander' people" now have a starting point to work from. "We have a new story idea that we feel excited about and we're going to try to go forward," he said. "The beginning of the movie is [set]... 10 years later, and Derek & Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody even knows who they are, so they have to re-invent themselves."

Since this is a story about the world of fashion, whatever's written will have to reflect how people who have been out of the loop would return to an industry that changes seasonally after 10 years. "Well I think it has to be [a 'Zoolander' for a new generation]," Stiller explained. "The fashion world, you know, you go away for a year and its changed. It just happens so quickly."

The biggest roadblock for Stiller's return to the character has been the absence of its creator. "The tough thing over the years has just been that Drake Sather, who created the character, is not around anymore," he explained. Sather, a former "Saturday Night Live" and "Dennis Miller Show" writer, died in 2004 in an apparent suicide. "For a long time that was, for me, that hardest thing to figure out how to move forward through."

MTV Movies Blog, March 1

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If this goes forward, this could be one of those sequels, like Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, that could out gross its predecessors' overall box office take in the opening weekend. I never bothered to see either Zoolander or Austin Powers #1 in the theatre, but I ponied up for both Austin Powers sequels, and would probably do the same for Zoolander 2.

FWIW, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery grossed a total of $53.8 million in theatres. The Spy Who Shagged Me grossed $54.9 million in its opening weekend.

Zoolander grossed a total of $45.2 million. But, like the first Austin Powers, did much better in DVD rentals and sales.

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The odds of a sequel don't look so good now.

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:unsure: Sad news, but fortunately that story wasn't necessarily a eugoogooly for the sequel.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Kenmorefield said:  If you don't think this was one of the five greatest films of all time, please stay the heck far, far, away from this thread. 

 

 

Sorry to rain on the parade.  But I gotta say.  I thought the film was fairly funny when I first saw it, but I viewed it again a couple of weeks ago.  It really didn't stand up for me.  In fact it seemed suprisingly dated.

 

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