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About the Movie

Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. In addition to Stiller's real-life wife Christine Taylor, Zoolander co-stars his father Jerry Stiller, along with Jon Voight, David Duchovny, Andy Dick, and Fabio.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 134
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 48
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An oasis of bracing comedy that comes at just the right time, when we're parched for it. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, May 13, 2011

Fresh: During its fleeting moments onscreen, the movie's lighthearted spirit and comic energy make for entertaining, escapist fare. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Manages to be stretched too thin and overblown at the same time. – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 18, 2002

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Customer Reviews

An Instant Classic Modern Comedy

Magnum! Blue Steel! "I'm sorry I was wack, man" "Whoa, whoa, easy! How 'bout a "Good afternoon, Derek and Hansel. Thanks for the freak fest last night." The Derek Zoolander Center For Children Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too. So many memorable moments. Hysterical.

This May Very Well Be One of the Funniest Movies of All Time

Ben Stiller has always found a way to make me laugh. But his mouth expressions, rivalry with Owen Wilson, and stupidity in this film make you laugh so hard. Even his already hilarious dad is even more hilarious in this movie. And Will Ferrell's character is funny in a certain sort of way. And, there are oh so many cameos including Paris Hilton, Billy Zane, and David Bowie. Enjoy!

Freakin Funny.

Yeah its Ben Stiller & owen Wilson. What's not to like? A ditzy male model against another ditzy male model.

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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2001

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Available Bundle

  1. Iconic Films of the 00's, Paramount Home Entertainment Inc.
  2. Zoolander Double Feature, Paramount Home Entertainment Inc.