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Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:15 p.m. Zoolander
Ben Stiller (U.S., 2001)

Banned in Malaysia! When Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) loses his male modeling crown to newcomer Hansel (Owen Wilson), it’s as if he’s become a throwaway schmatte from the fashion biz. Just another rag on the runway after all those years of perfecting his ultimate power poses. Even working in a coalmine begins to look good. But the evil fashion czar (Will Ferrell) has other plans for this dim-witted mobile mannequin. Director Ben Stiller knew an actor he could get cheap and, after many call-backs, Stiller accepted the well-clad role. Now he keeps his “Magnum” look on ice.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Stiller, John Hamburg, Drake Sather. Photographed by Barry Peterson. With Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich. (89 mins, Color, 35mm, From Paramount Pictures)