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September 18, 2008

Partisan politics:

"Say 'conservative' and they wag their tails. Say 'liberal' and they bare their fangs. More to the point, say either and all thinking ceases. . . . [P]eople hear this doublespeak and cheer. Why not? They have been taught that words mean what you need them to in a given moment. Turns out, all it requires is a limitless supply of gall and the inherent belief that people are dumber than a bag of hammers."

--Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning columnist. The Miami Herald, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Jerry Vonderbrink)

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'Zohan' too racy, not Sandler's best

By Sara Anderson

June 10, 2008 | You Don't Mess With the Zohan, which opened Friday, is extremely racy and may not be good for the whole family. If you're offended by sexual jokes, motions or innuendos, this movie is not for you. The movie does have funny political moments and carries a humorous political theme throughout. Still, not the best Adam Sandler movie.

Zohan, a counterterrorist, is the best solider Israel has. When Phantom, a Palestinian terrorist, is on the loose, Zohan is the man for the job. However, Zohan has a dream to move to New York and become a hairdresser. When Paul Mitchell won't hire the Zohan, he is forced to work in a Palestinian-owned salon.

The action in this film is packed with computer-generated images and some pretty funny moments. Over-the-top creativity with computer work actually fits this movie. If only the film had a few less hip thrusts and a few more action scenes it could have been more enjoyable.

After earning his spot in the salon, Zohan builds his clientele by adding a "happy ending" to every client regardless of her age. But one day after a less-than-par "performance," Zohan realizes that he has fallen in love with the Palestinian salon owner.

The Phantom eventually learns of Zohan's whereabouts and tracks him to New York. When the Phantom arrives, he and Zohan realize that they must come together to beat the real enemy, a corporate giant that had been planning to build a mall on top of the salon and many other buildings in the Palestinian/Israeli area.

This movie is not a must see.



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