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Zoolander

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson & Will Ferrell
Paramount Home Entertainment
Rental (RRP 49.95)
VHB 5319
Certificate: 12
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For years the fashion industry has thrived on cheap Malaysian workers to turn out its clothes, but now the Malaysian prime minister is determined to ensure his people earn a fair wage. This has gone down like a lead balloon with the head designers who have hatched a cunning plan to hypnotise an unwitting model to assassinate the troublesome prime minister. But who is stupid enough to do the job? Step forward Derek Zoolander...

Stiller's portrayal as the "really, really, really good looking" Derek Zoolander is first rate. From the first time we see his 'blue steel' pose it is obvious that we are dealing with a half-wit, but one with a heart.

This movie is destined to become a cult, camp classic but as funny, and off the wall as it is I couldn't help feeling that there was something missing.

There are too many classic scenes to list, but some of the those that spring to mind include Zoolander's model chums being killed in a horrific garage accident (and the statue of the incident which is erected later in the movie); Zoolander turning up to his friends funeral in white and the final attack on the Malaysian prime minister.

The ongoing professional battle with model Hansel is pointless and would have worked better if the character had been dropped once the award ceremony gag had been played out.

There is a fine selection of supporting actors. Will Ferrell is great as the camp fashion designer Mugatu, who is determined to turn Zoolander into a killing machine and Jon Voight appears briefly as Zoolander's father. There are also more than a dozen brief cameo appearance by celebrities including Tim Allen and Victoria (Posh Spice) Beckham.

This is one of those movies that you really have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate and if you do you will love this.

Pete Boomer