Zohan Bad, But Good Too?

Was Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan the worst movie ever, or better than Munich? That’s the question Jeffrey Goldberg asks today. And for his answer, he is turning to Michael Chabon.

Was it the worst movie ever? “Certainly in the last two weeks,” Chabon says. “No, wait, I forgot about Get Smart.”

But there were redeeming qualities. “I mean, hummus toothpaste, that had me laughing,” he says. “My wife (born in Israel), and me. Nobody else in the theater (Emeryville, matinee) was really laughing about the hummus toothpaste.”

And perhaps the movie means something more than just crude humor but is part of a greater trend. “What I see is an increased degree of comfort with Jewishness,” Chabon says. “That’s probably not a bad thing.”

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  1. patrick

    Adam Sandler is classic in his own way, though he tends to do his best work when he stays casual, not trying too hard to be funny or deep, etc.

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