You Don't Mess with the Zohan is a 2008 action comedy film starring Adam Sandler. The film is about Zohan Dvir ( ), an Israel counter terrorist army commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York City. The story was written by Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, and Robert Smigel. It was released on June 6, 2008 in the US and on August 15, 2008 in the UK.
Zohan Dvir (Adam Sandler) is a near-superhuman but kind-hearted Israeli counter terrorist and the finest and most respected soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. He wants to be a hairdresser rather than a soldier and, helped by a pelican, fakes his own death during the pursuit of a Palestinian terrorist and his personal arch-enemy, Fatoush "the Phantom" Hakbarah (John Turturro). Zohan smuggles himself onto a flight to New York City and takes the alias "Scrappy Coco" (the names of two dogs he shared the flight with) and claims that he is "Half Australian, Half Mount Everest."
Initially unsuccessful in getting hired at several salons, Zohan's military expertise earns him a new friend, Michael (Nick Swardson), who gives him a place to stay. Zohan encounters a fellow Israeli named Oori (Ido Mosseri) at a disco; Oori recognizes him but agrees to keep his identity a secret. Oori takes him to a block in lower Manhattan filled with Middle Eastern Americans, who are split between a Palestinian side and an Israeli side of the street.
Zohan attempts to land a job in a struggling salon of a Palestinian woman named Dalia (Emmanuelle Chriqui). After first only allowing Zohan to sweep floors for free, she eventually allows him to be a stylist after he pleases a senior lady with a satisfactory haircut and back room sexual service. Zohan's reputation spreads instantly among the elder women of lower Manhattan. Dalia's business booms, upsetting Grant Walbridge (Michael Buffer), a corporate magnate who has been trying to force out all the local tenants on the block so that he may build a mall.
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