In his new movie, Adam Sandler plays an ex-Israeli Mossad agent who moves to New York to be a hairdresser. (Hi, and welcome back to “Movie Plots Created by Mad Libs.”) It’s called “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.” I’m not sure why “Zohan” is a funnier name than, say, “Dudu,” but if they think “Zohan” will play better in Peoria, who am I to disagree?
As some of you know, I have a bee in my bonnet about the fact that Sandler gets $50 million per picture. (Actually it’s true, I’m just jealous of people who never have to worry about money.) And every time I suggest that celebrities might hold the answer to the world’s economic problems, I get yelled at. This despite Brad Pitt’s donating $5M to building 150 green homes in the 9th Ward section of New Orleans, noting that it’s basically an “adopt-a-house” campaign, since $150,000 will get a family back into their home. But think, if Sandler donated half of his salary from this movie to the children of Israel who live under daily threat of rocket fire, how much of a difference would that make?
In any case, Sandler certainly got his “Mossad swagger” right. (Although squint at the picture and the dude could double Ben Affleck, which is odd.) The film was written by Sandler, Robert Smigel (Triumph’s alter ego) and comedy wunderkind and my personal comedy lord and savior, Judd Apatow. (Seriously, is there anything awesome that this guy is NOT connected to?)
And the trailer’s got two really good laughs that inspires hope that there are more jokes in the movie. Plus, I think I hear Hadag Nachash in the background. So, who’s with me? No pressure to decide now: “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” doesn’t arrive in theaters until June 2008. That’s right, JUNE.
Too early to start campaigning for a Jewlicious premiere screening?
So I could get to meet Judd So that all of us could revel in an Israeli main character beyond “Munich” (and the Apatovian discussion thereof in “Knocked Up”)?