Monday Movie Review: Zoolander 2

I love stupid humor. Sometimes it gets a little racy, but for the most part the silly, one-liner, recurring joke kind of humor found in comedy movies is my kind of movie.

So, when I found out the second Zoolander movie was coming out, it was kind of a no brainer that I would end up seeing it. I thought the first Zoolander was hilarious, so it was natural that I would watch the sequel.

The only thing that could make it better? The crew. Not just the current group of dudes that I hang out with. While that would’ve still been worth it, we didn’t stop with just the 4 of us. We pulled out all the stops, and got the OG crew back together.

We even bought out the entire theater so we could enjoy this movie in elegant, celebrity style.

L-R: Dan Garcia, Me, Luke Crouterfield, Alex Sattler, Sam Hanson, Zach Marsh, Jake Holland
L-R: Dan Garcia, Me, Luke Crouterfield, Alex Sattler, Sam Hanson, Zach Marsh, Jake Holland

You thought I was kidding? Look at that empty theater.

Okay, maybe I was only half kidding. We really did have the entire theater to ourselves, but it wasn’t because we bought every single ticket for that showing. Every other movie-goer that evening at that time was seeing Deadpool, and we were the only ones that weren’t.

If you’ve ever seen the first Zoolander, then you know that it’s a movie about Derek Zoolander (played by Ben Stiller), a dim-witted male model who becomes a pawn in the hands of Jacobim Mugatu (played by Will Ferrell), a fashion mogul who wants to produce his clothing cheaper in the sweat shops and seeks to kill the Malaysian Prime Minister, who is blocking progress.

The sequel is set 15 years later, where Zoolander and Hansel (played by Owen Wilson) come out of retirement to get back into the modeling world after being summoned to Rome. But, there’s something weird going on in the world: all the pop stars and beautiful people are being murdered.

The underlying themes revolve predominantly around white privilege, getting as many celebrity cameos as possible in the movie, and painting the modeling industry as selfish and self-centered, continuing the same themes from the first installment.

There’s not much of a “we’re raising awareness about white privilege” air in the movie, but quite the opposite: they’re overstating and playing up the fact that it exists. Not saying it’s right, but it certainly exists.

If you like mindless humor, then this movie is for you. If you don’t, then it isn’t. There’s isn’t much in between with this one.

The 7 of us gave a collecting 1.75 out of 2 thumbs up due to the fact that we laughed so much and were having fun together. The plot line was pretty easy to figure out, yet still weak.

Zoolander 2 is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong lanaguage. You’ve been warned.

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