Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy Zoolander is the smartest movie about a dimwitted model that has been done to date. This ‘Frat Pack’ production features more than the regular members Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughan, and Will Ferrell. It features a strong cast, star cameos, sharp humour, and senseless charm accompanied by a story that is gloriously entertaining. Zoolander is an enthralling descent into madness and tomfoolery; but it’s all very stylish so it’s socially acceptable madness. The movie follows male model Derek Zoolander and his adventures through the underbelly of the fashion world, which coincidentally never looked so good. Yet this exercise of so-called lowbrow humour has more to offer than first meets the eye.
As the movie hits you with memorable one-liners, it becomes easy to repeat them on a daily basis; but we must avoid this move as it belongs exclusively to antsy teenagers. Derek Zoolander constantly asks “is there more to life than being really really good-looking?” And apparently there is more to life than being really really good-looking, like watching Zoolander.