The original Zoolander has an odd history: Released only two weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the film was first met with controversy thanks to a plot that involved assassins killing a head of state. It landed with a big, loud thud at the box office. Watching the original Zoolander last week, it’s kind of amazing that there was ever any controversy about this movie at all, but, as we know, that was a unique time for everyone. Then slowly and surely, Zoolander achieved that kind of fun “cult status” and is looked back on fondly. That’s a nice place for a movie to be.
I’m not sure that really means we needed a sequel. But, hey, if it’s good, why not, right? I mean, how bad could it be? Anchorman was in a similar situation and that movie produced a pretty good sequel. So, hey, let’s try this!
There are so many cameos in Zoolander No. 2 that I honestly lost count of them all. For awhile, I thought it might be fun to keep track of them as the ticked by. But, by mid-movie, I was beaten into submission. I now think there are cameos everywhere. As I’m typing this, I half expect the lead singer of fun. to walk in the front door and say hello. Then I will say, “Oh my gosh, it’s the lead singer of fun.” – because these are all those types of cameos (or this type of movie), where the name of the famous person has to be said out loud. When Sting shows up, a title card says “Sting,” followed by a riff of “Roxanne,” just in case there was any doubt that this is Sting.