Your favorite dufus model is back, only this time it’s over a decade later and things haven’t panned out so well for Derek Zoolander. He’s lost his wife, his son, his dream for his center for those-that-can’t-read-good is gone and Derek has chosen exile as his way of dealing with the loss. Zoolander is once again recruited for another fashion show and scores an opportunity for redemption to get his son back. Sound serious? Nah. It’s still a Ben Stiller film, don’t worry.
The plot is over the top like it’s predecessor and like any follow up they take things to a higher level. Which is where the film isn’t as strong as the original; the original had more of sense of flair and originality but No. 2 relies more on cheap jokes and repeat gags probably more than it should. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun to watch but you might want to wait for this one to hit Netflix.
There’s a ton of recognizable names involved again and they’re all pretty damn funny. The only one that came off contrite was Justin Bieber, which, really doesn’t matter given what happens to him in the opening segment (which alone makes the film worth seeing). The lineup includes Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Justin Theroux, Milla Jovovich, Kristin Wiig, Billy Zane, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christine Taylor along with cameos from Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Sting, and Christine Amanpour among many well known fashion designers such as Tommy Hilfiger.
Z2 definitely has some laugh-out-loud moments but you don’t get the belly laughs you did on the first ride. Still, it’s worth a viewing if you enjoyed the first one as it’s got the Stiller style who wrote and directed.
reviewed by Sean McKnight