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YMMV / You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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  • Acceptable Targets: Arabs and Israelis are shown to be Not So Different, but rednecks and homosexuals? Still fair game.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: While the movie's finale is listed under Space Whale Aesop on the main page, it could just as easily be interpreted to mean "Ancient hatreds should be left behind when moving to a new place for a new start."
  • Critical Dissonance: While critical reception was divisive at best though not heavily panned, it was a box-office hit.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: The film's climax, when a three thousand-year-old ethnic hatred is conquered... at least in America.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A court ruled a store cannot be named "Going Out of Business" sometime after the movie came out.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: This film is more than likely to get quite a few laughs from Israelis, if only for the grossly inaccurate parody of anything Israeli-related.
  • Mis-blamed: Despite many critics accusing Sandler of ripping off Borat with his portrayal of Zohan, Word of God is that Zohan's personality (and even much of his background) is pretty much directly taken from one of Sandler's former hair stylists.
  • Moment of Awesome: "Yes. My feet uppercut!"
  • Nausea Fuel: Watching this movie may turn you off hummus.
  • Tear Jerker: Zohan crying in bed after his parents make fun of his desire to become a hair-stylist.
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  • Trailer Joke Decay: Zohan kicking the shit out of the guy. "Smell it, smell it, smell it. Now take it. That's for you."
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Sure, a lot of people don't like Dave Matthews, but it hardly seems fair to make him a white supremacist.


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