The international misadventures of fashion model Derek Zoolander, who is hired to stop a secret cartel of political assassins posing as male models. While Derek tries to infiltrate the fashion/assassin clique led by the mean-spirited designer Mugatu, he must also contend with Hansel, a dense, on-the-rise male model who poses a threat to sabotage Derek's mission--as well as his modeling career.
An evil band of international fashion designers want to end the tenure of a new prime minister of Malaysia, who plans to stop the exploitation of child labor. They force their subaltern Mugatu (Will Ferrell) to find a supermodel pawn to assassinate the beloved ruler. There's only one blunt instrument suited to this job: the dumb and monumentally earnest Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), the star and unfortunate potential hero of this often unspeakably funny new comedy. "Zoolander" is a gleaming fashion-world tour. It makes sense that the film would have the stylish, high-resolution glaze of a fashion shoot. Mr. Stiller has also crammed the movie with energy; it seems still to be bouncing on the screen long after it has run its 89-minute course. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-09-28 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Zoolander