Saturday, February 13, 2016

Zoolander 2 has more cameos than humor

Movie Title:      Zoolander No.2

Grade:   C+

Rating:   PG-13, 1 hour 40 minutes

In a Nutshell:    Blue steel is back!  If you loved the first Zoolander movie, like I did, you’ll generally get a kick out of this sequel.  If you didn’t enjoy it, then you’ll want to pass on this one, because it’s more of the same goofy nonsense.

Filled with TONS of celebrity cameos and a very thin plot, this ridiculous satire of the fashion industry and pop culture features Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen.

Uplifting theme: 
  • “How can you expect to love 11 people when you don’t even love yourself?” – Kiefer Sutherland (playing himself)
  • What’s inside you is more important than what’s outside.
  • Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Things I liked:
  • The film includes special appearances of some of the icons in the fashion industry: Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Valentino, Alexander Wang, Anna Wintour, and Mark Jacobs.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch!
  • You get a little history lesson in the beginning to fill you in on what has happened since the first Zoolander movie came out.  Has it really been 15 years?
  • Other celebrity cameos include: Billy Zane, Ariana Grande, Kiefer Sutherland, Willie Nelson, Katie Perry, Sting, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Susan Boyle, Madonna, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, John Malkovich, M.C. Hammer, Olivia Munn, and many more.  Susan Sarandon appears and quotes a line she said in the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show .
  • #oops!
  • Penelope Cruz works for Interpol in the Fashion Division.  Ha ha
  • There isn’t a surprise at the end of the credits, but you can watch Mugatu dance as they roll.
  • I liked what they did with Fred Armisen’s character.
  • The beginning of the movie with Justin Bieber was pretty funny.
  • A lot of the movie is filmed in Rome!  I love Rome!  Here are some pictures I took there during my last visit there a couple of years ago.

Things I didn’t like:
  • Kristen Wiig’s character is so repulsive and hard to understand that there is very little humor on the screen when she appears.  I do, however, think it’s funny that she “floats”, rather than walks.
  • Some of the fashion gags get a little tired.
  • I actually laughed out loud several times, but most of the humor is really, really, ridiculously stupid and you can see them coming a mile away.
  • For a movie to have a sequel, it has to have a good reason to exist.  Other than a money grab, there just isn't much there.  Huge Zoolander fans will probably be disappointed by that.

Funny lines:
  • “I miss not knowing things with you.” – Derek
  •  “Prison changed me.  I’m bad to the core now!” - Mugatu
  • “Don’t drink the water or you’ll die.” – VIP
  • Farm-to-table Wi-Fi….ha ha
  • “All is all just married hermself.  Mono-marriage is legal in Rome now.” – VIP
  • “We were a joke out there…a total laughing stick.” – Derek
  • “Please accept my apologies, Derek.” – Valentina Valencia
“None taken.” – Derek
  • “You’re the most narcissistic person I’ve ever met.” – Derek Junior
“But that’s not how I see myself.” – Derek
  • “I’m not fat.” – Derek Junior
“He’s Plus Size!” - Derek

Tips for parents:   

  • 1 F-bomb, although you get to hear Justin Bieber say “Oh fudge!”  Penelope Cruz swears in Spanish.
  • Like the orgy scene in the first Zoolander movie, there is another one with Hansel.  
  • Penelope Cruz is practically falling out of her bathing suit and blouses in every scene.  Zoolander grabs her chest in one scene and has an “aroused” profile in another.
  • Mugatu and Todd have another odd sexual facial exchange like in the first film.
  • Most of the characters are extremely shallow.  Talk to your kids about self-esteem and the importance of not judging people by their appearance alone.
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