Zoolander 2

Starring: Way more people than this film deserves. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Penelope Cruz, Justin Bieber, Justin Theroux, Billy Zane, Kyle Mooney, Kiefer Sutherland, Fred Armisen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sting, and just a shitload of celebrity cameos from Anna Wintour to Katy Perry. Seriously, everyone in Hollywood is in this fucking movie.
Directed By: Ben Stiller

This is how you kill a franchise. You get a bunch of celebrities together, write a script with zero jokes, and hope everyone comes back because they liked the original I loved the first Zoolander. No shame. I thought it was hilarious. This sequel though? Like, what the hell happened? Did someone hold a gun to Ben Stiller’s head? Just… the cameos are out of control. I didn’t even want to bother listing them all. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is in this movie. Why? Why is he in this movie?

And for all the hype around Benedict Cumberbatch’s “transphobic” performance, he’s barely in the film, and it’s barely transphobic. The only people who aren’t “accepting” of his non-binary choice are the two idiots. Otherwise, he’s the biggest model in the world. What’s so transphobic about that?

It’s not a funny sequel. The plot makes no sense. There’s virtually no plot. If I had to pick a few decent moments, I’d single out Kiefer Sutherland for his commitment to a bizarre performance, Kyle Mooney as a hippie designr, and Fred Armisen as a weird 11 year old.

The rest of the movie is pretty useless.

FINAL GRADE: D+

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