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074: Zoolander

Maximilian Rivera August 22, 2017


By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

​Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%


This week, we watched Zoolander (2001),  directed by Ben Stiller and written by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, and John Hamburg. Zoolander stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, Jon Voight.

In this episode, we discuss:

Questions we ask:

  • What makes Zoolander work?
  • How has the film aged, knowing it has such topical pop culture humor?
  • When comparing Zoolander to it’s sequel, Zoolander 2, what sticks out?
  • Where do comedy sequels succeed and how do they fail?
  • What are the best and worst comedy sequels we can think of?
  • Why make a sequel 15 years later?

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.