Adam Sandler also stars as the titular Zohan, an Israeli counterterrorism soldier with a secretly fabulous ambition to become a Manhattan hairstylist, in this comedy he co-wrote with Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and Robert Smigel. Zohan’s desire runs so deep that he’ll do anything — including faking his own death and going head to head with an Arab cab driver (Rob Schneider) — to make his dreams come true.
|Adam Sandler||Emmanuelle Chriqui|
|Rob Schneider||Henry Winkler|
|Mariah Carey||John Farley|
|Todd Holland||Barry Livingston|
|Shelley Berman||Donna Feldman|
THE AV REVIEW:
Zohan (Sandler) is tired of the Israeli Army. He busts it to capture a terrorist, the Phantom (John Turturro) and the government merely trades the Phantom back. So–when his next opportunity to go up against his arch nemesis comes up, Zohan stages his own death and comes to America to become a hairdresser. He ends up falling for a Palestinian girl, Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and realizing there are worse things than his original enemies. He’s got a 1980s Paul Mitchell style book that he’s studied for years (although it’s out of date) and a desire that is all-encompassing. In his final battle against the Phantom, Zohan fakes his own death and smuggles himself into the United States to attempt to achieve his dream.
Once in the US, Zohan hooks up with a guy named Michael, introduces himself as Scrappy Coco, and ends up living with Michael. Unfortunately, he also enters into a sexual relationship with Michael’s mom that leaves Michael totally distressed. These bits are funny and keep the movie rolling along, but they just fail to engage past the superficial level.
Then there’s the romantic twist. While working in Dhalia’s style shop, Zohan gives haircuts to the older women in the neighborhood and ends up taking them for sex in the back room. Nothing explains this bizarre behavior, nor why Zohan felt he had to provide this, but his performances become legendary and fill the shop with clients. Ultimately this saves the shop from the predacious attentions of Walbridge Industries.
The Blu-Ray is an interesting release. The disc has been packed with every feature on the sun, including BD-Live material that hasn’t gone yet as of the time of this review. But, what makes it so great is the amazing A/V Quality on the theatrical and unrated cuts presented on the disc. I love how SONY is finally packing each Blu-Ray disc to capacity with features. This two-fisted approach to giving customers everything they want is much appreciated. Now, if they would start releasing catalogue titles.