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Yid Vid: Adam Sandler as Mossad-Agent-Turned-Hairdresser

By Daniel Treiman

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So Sandler has made a film in which he plays a crack Mossad agent who decides to move to New York to be a hairdresser.

Weird? Yes. Profound? Maybe.

Sandler, in my humble opinion, perfectly captured the zeitgeist of American Jewry in “50 First Dates,” the film in which he wooed an amnesiac Drew Barrymore. (I’d explain how, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise ending.) From watching the trailer for his upcoming film, “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” it seems like Sandler’s summed up the mood of a certain segment of the Israeli populace (i.e. life is hard in Israel, much better to be a hairdresser in New York).

JTA’s Ami Eden (from whom I filched this video) seems to see a certain parallel with Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” In my view, the parallels go deeper than the cloak-and-dagger stuff. In both films, the protagonists flee to New York, and, for both, their previous line of work follows them across the Atlantic. But I doubt Sandler’s latest will spark much in the way of Jewish communal controversy. (Although we’ll have to wait and see what Leon Wieseltier thinks.)

In any case, there are no Jewish profundities lurking beneath the surface of my favorite Adam Sandler film, “Happy Gilmore.”

Ruth Thu. Dec 20, 2007

I really want to like this movie, as I want to like all movies that dare to portray Jews as something other than pale, nebbishy bookworms. The fact that American-nebbish-frat-boy Adam Sandler has to become Israeli to accomplish this is already troubling. Couple that with his awful Borat-meets-Sadaam accent and broad, cringe-inducing stereotyping, and I fear that this might be a film that goads on, rather than diminishes, animosity toward Israel. I guess I'll keep my fledgling hopes up until I see it, though...

ElenaLisvato Tue. Aug 4, 2009

It sounds like you're creating problems yourself by trying to solve this issue instead of looking at why their is a problem in the first place.

Levitra Tue. Jan 12, 2010

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