Film of the Day – Zoolander (2001) Dir. Ben Stiller

Synopsis: Derek Zoolander is VH1’s three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander’s world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that he’s not good as a model anymore. But when evil fashion guru Mugato hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugato has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it’s too late?

Quote: Derek Zoolander – “Do you understand that the world does not revolve around you and your do whatever it takes, ruin as many people’s lives, so long as you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied along the way, just so long so you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way?”

What I love about it: Zoolander is one CRAZY movie. Now, crazy doesn’t always work and sometimes it can be incredibly annoying if taken too far but Ben Stiller found the perfect level for this movie. For starters, I love how it pokes fun at the ridiculousness of the world of modelling and how fickle it can be for people. Derek and his male model friends living together is a hilarious notion and then their arguments really add a great touch to the silliness of the film. Perhaps the best scene is their gasoline fight after getting “Orange Mocha Frappuccinos” which ends up with the other three killed off after one decides to light a match to smoke. Will Ferrell as Mugatu is even more ridiculous than Derek. He is like nobody you have ever seen before and is completely insane but once again it works wonderfully. Finally this film is full of so many fantastic one-liners that it made it almost impossible for me to pick just one quote for it. It has me laughing from start to finish every single time I watch it.

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