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You Don't Mess With the Zohan

Tired of all the fighting in his country, legendary Israeli commando Zohan (Adam Sandler) fakes his own death and goes to New York, where he can fulfill his fondest dream: to become a hairstylist. Zohan's sexy way with a cut and curl makes him a hit with Manhattan's women, but when enemy Arabs spot him, Zohan has to call on his military skills if he is ever to wield scissors again.

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Jun 30, 2008

Adam Sandler goes deep into character as an Israeli commando turned New York hairdresser in "You Don't Mess With the Zohan." Fitter-looking and less whiny than he's been on screen before, he's actually playing someone other than Adam Sandler.

If only the movie had followed suit. Though, as a broad comedy concerned with Israeli-Palestinian relations, "Zohan" in some ways distinguishes itself as original, it ultimately plays as just another silly Sandler comedy.

The Zohan, a bearded, cutoffs-clad counterterrorism agent who can fend off a dozen bad guys at a time, is – in parlance befitting his retro look – one bad dude. Directed with surprising panache by broad-comedy veteran Dennis Dugan, scenes of Zohan running across rooftops and jumping through windows play as goofy counterparts to similar moments in "Casino Royale" and "The Bourne Ultimatum

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