Zoolander parents guide


Overall D

An aging male model named Zoolander (Ben Stiller) unwittingly becomes a pawn for an evil fashion designer bent on assassinating the Asian Prime Minister in this film laden with sexuality and illegal drug use.

Release date September 28, 2001

Violence C-
Sexual Content D-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D

Why is Zoolander rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Zoolander PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and drug references

Run Time: 90 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Zoolander rated PG-13? Zoolander is rated PG-13 by the MPAA on appeal for sexual content and drug references

Overall: D

An aging male model unwittingly becomes a pawn for an evil fashion designer bent on assassinating the Asian Prime Minister in this film laden with sexuality and illegal drug use.

Violence: C-

Men spray gasoline at one another in playful manner, one man lights cigarette causing massive explosion, funeral scene with three coffins, dog pelted with various objects, man accidentally hit with flying hammer on at least two occasions (heard but not seen), man has heated discussion with another character, character throws hot drink at another character, character throws and destroys object, characters plot death of another character, man strapped into chair and subjected to hypnosis, pictures of dead characters at crime scenes shown, numerous shots fired at other characters, one appears to be mortally wounded, characters take on animalistic qualities when they become frustrated with computer, gun held to character’s back, women fight, characters fight including kicking, punching, banging head on object, tripping and slapping, man throws object and destroys it, woman pulls gun on another character, lip is hit and bleeds, characters fight on runway, characters push and shove one another, character attacks another character using martial art techniques, man throws weapon at another character, men tackle another man.

Sexual Content: D-

Women wear revealing clothing at fashion shows and on runway, man grabs woman’s buttocks, man comments about woman’s body, sexually obscene hand gesture used, man pinches woman, man discusses his health problems in bathroom setting, derogatory word used to reference man’s body parts, brief scene implies homosexual relationship, modeling company has sexually suggestive name which is seen and referenced on numerous occasions, man comments about woman’s bra and figure, extended scene shows man’s covered buttocks being slapped during massage and depicts an erection, woman shown in skintight and short dresses, man comments on sexual relation with woman, pictures of implied sexual activity shown, man comments on bathroom usage, extended scene of men grabbing at crotch, underwear revealed, frontal and rear nudity shown on statues, repeated references made to male genitals, characters engage in explicit and extended conversation about sexual activities, group sex depicted between woman and numerous male characters—upper shoulder and back nudity shown, model wears bra made of plastic drinking cups, woman implies interest in another female character, man makes repeated references to his prostate, kiss shown between unmarried adult couple.

Language: D+

At least 20 mild profanities, 20 moderate profanities, 2 extreme profanities and 10 terms of Deity used as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: D

Drinking shown in bar and party situations throughout film, characters smoke on several occasions, one results in explosion and death of several characters, characters drink tea laced with implied illegal substances, characters discuss prolonged drug-enhanced experience, make reference to dope and other drugs, engage in sexual encounters in drug enhanced state, character shown drinking in bar.


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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated Coarse Language, Not Recommended for Children
Ontario Not Rated Not recommended for children
Quebec Not Rated Not Suitable for Children
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "Zoolander"

Cast and Crew

Zoolander is directed by Ben Stiller and stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Zoolander movie is March 12, 2002. Here are some details…

Zoolander releases on DVD with the following:

  • Audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English & French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English.
  • Commentary from Ben Stiller and writers Drake Sather and John Hamburg
  • Deleted scenes with Ben Stiller commentary
  • Extended scenes with Ben Stiller commentary
  • Outtakes
  • Start The Commotion - music video by The Wiseguys
  • Original VH1 skits
  • Photo Gallery

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