You Dont Mess with the Zohan

Theatrical Release: June 6, 2008
You Dont Mess with the Zohan


In You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, a comedy from screenwriters Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Sandler stars as Zohan, an Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: becoming a hairstylist in New York. Dennis Dugan directs.

Dove Review

This film probably has something in it to offend just about everyone. It is filled with sexual slangs, innuendos and some scenes of rear nudity. Not to mention some very strong language. Although the characters at the end, some of which are Arab and others Israelis, talk of being like a family in America, the strong stuff is way over the top and can’t justify the small amount of good in the film. This movie doesn’t remotely resemble a family-friendly film. There is talk of having sex with former and possibly future first ladies of America. There are a few funny moments which don’t rely on gutter humor, but the taste left in my mouth when I left this film was a bad one. Go see “Kung Fu Panda” or “Indiana Jones” which is far closer to a family film than this one is.

Content Description

Sex: Several scenes of implied sex; noises; one scene in which nothing graphic is viewed but sex is happening; a ton of sexual innuendos.
Language: Too many foul words to keep track of including one GD; lots of slang terms for male and female genitalia and breasts; a few characters are "damned" or told to go to H.
Violence: Several scenes of fighting, punching, things blowing up.
Drugs: A few drinks are consumes.
Nudity: A few scenes of rear male nudity and one of rear female nudity; cleavage.
Other: Strong disrespect as having sex with Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and others is mentioned; take of the differences between Israelis and Arabs; a character lies; a commercial which says America is Satan.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel
Director: Dennis Dugan
Producer: Jack Giarraputo
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 113 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter