Although I’ve enjoyed Adam Sandler’s movies, they never made me genuinely excited. Not until I read about his latest movie “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan” – just the title alone is funny enough. And it’s also the first time that I think anyone has ever used a movie to satirise the subject of the animosity between Israel and the Arab world.
From the excellent write-up in the New York Times about how the movie came to be:
About eight years ago Mr. Sandler conceived of the Zohan character, an Israeli assassin who has been trained to hate and kill Arabs; exhausted by the ceaseless bloodshed, he fakes his own death and flees to New York to become a hairdresser. There he finds Jews and Arabs living together in grudging if not quite harmonious tolerance.
Intrigued, I searched for the trailer and bloody hell it’s funny and it’s got a message to boot. Some people on both sides of the argument will probably get offended by this but I don’t think it’s more offensive than the realities on the ground. I think that it’s good that this will make people laugh and also stop and think a little.