Top 10 in Most Quotable Movies Ever Made
Reviewed by KHL for Zoolander at 2009-01-06 14:54:55
However, I've seen this movie about 2o times...but still!
Some will love it, some will hate it. This movie was lost in the 9-11 tragedy, having been released very shortly afterwards, and thus received very little press at the time. It's basically an extenuation of the short, and hilariously funny, bits that Ben Stiller did for the VH1 Fashion Awards in the late 90s...Derek Zoolander, male model, dimwit, and ultimate world-saver. Great "supporting" cast of Owen Wilson, Will Farrell, Christine Taylor (Stiller's real-life wife), and a surprising little cameo by the fashion man himself, David Bowie ("it's a walk-off!")
I would list the quotes, but unless you've seen the flick, they would sound utterly stupid, and you can see them by going online anywhere else. Only just..."Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude"...
I'm still pondering why the film always held me at arms' length from its deeply emotional content. The characters tended to spell out their experience too much as they talked about it. The dialogue was a little too calculated for me. Explained emotion rather than raw, living emotion. The one scene that got at it for me was when Del Toro is coming down off a heroin fix and Lopez asks him several times what he needs, what she can do to help him. He tells her he wants "Chocolate" - and the next time she asks: "ice cream." These short exchanges communicate the longing, guilt, desperation and raw physical experience that draws a more striking response from the viewer.