(2001) dir. Ben Stiller
This movie was as bad as the films of the dregs of the Saturday Night Live alums like Adam Sandler, David Spade, or Chris Farley.
That said, there is even a certain arrogance about this film, like it is so utterly assured of how funny it is being. Derek Zoolander is an underdeveloped skit character, of the ilk of which SNL makes the meat of its show. And like those badly conceived running jokes, this character hardly deserves the feature film treatment.
Ben Stiller, who wrote, directed, and stars in/as Zoolander can and should be held fully responsible for this awful film.
The film’s weirdest aspect is its cinematography. It’s not shot like a typical innocuous comedy. The shots are very stylized and dramatic, framing things in artistic, formal ways, though there seems no reason to do this. The cinematography seems totally out of touch with the tone of the film.
By the way, am I the only person in the world that thinks that Will Ferrell is one of the most dire comedic presences in the history of mankind?