Zoolander Sequel Makes Me Want to Breakdance Fight
Yes, it’s true. Ben Stiller is planning to make a sequel to one of the greatest comedy movies in the history of comedy on film! Ok, that’s most probably a hyperbolic statement, but for those who are convinced that Zoolander wasn’t funny (You’re probably dead to me anyways,) let me make the case for how Zoolander shifted the style of comedy in movies, from a Millennial/Gen Y perspective.
For the most part, my generation’s comedy was learned and derived from Sketch Comedy TV shows. We weren’t allowed go out on Saturday nights, but we would be damned if we weren’t going to stay up late on a non-school night. This leads us straight to the boob tube, where we would wait for Saturday Night Live, MadTV, In Living Color (the best of course,) and ashamedly, All That. All these shows, except SNL, eventually died out and anyone’s career that wasn’t on SNL or In Living Color died out as well. Some of the characters we grew up with parlayed their SNL or ILC success into movie careers. Think Adam Sandler in Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore, Jim Carrey in Liar Liar, and the Wayans Bros. in Don’t Be a Menace.
And then along came Zoolander, which introduced a specific brand of haphazard ridiculousness. It was a movie with a story that mainly served as a vehicle for the quotes. I’m talking about a whole movie of nothing but memorable quotes: What is this? A school for ants?// I’m sorry! Did my pin get in the way of your ass?!?// Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.// MER-MAN ! *cough cough*//I think I’m getting the black lung, pop. //I can dereLICK my own balls! //I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! //There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, “Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman”.// I could go on, but you get the point. It was an instant classic for college kids and the movie opened up the floodgates to the Frat Pack’s classics: Old School, Anchorman, Dodgeball, Taladega Nights, etc. 4 years later in 2005, Judd Apatow and the Jew Tang Clan came out with 40-year old virgin, mixing in more realistic scenarios with the same amount of quotables.
There you have it, Zoolander was an excellent, important film because douchebags and non-douchebags alike could not stop quoting it. It’s been 9 years since the film, and we still slip it into our conversation from time to time.