The pressing question of how Zoolander 2 would handle the inevitable aging of Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) out of the modeling industry—or if they would handle it at all—has been answered: a washed-up old and a washed-up “lamé” are recruited by Interpol to re-infiltrate the fashion industry and find out who is killing the world’s most beautiful people.
It’s a lovely premise, particularly if you are the kind of person who wants to see Bieber’s final Blue Steel selfie before he croaks, but some of what we’ve been given here is exhausting: some not very chic jokes about androgyny in modeling and a fucked up line about whether said androgynous model (Benedict Cumberbatch) has a dick, showing that the writer (Justin Theroux?!?!?!) is familiar enough with the industry to know it’s becoming more open to models of all genders but not familiar enough to know that a cheap joke about an ostensibly trans or gender fluid person’s genitalia is retrograde bitchassness. Not funny, you cishet fuckboys. That said, the original Zoolander is one of the greatest comedies of the ‘00s, whether about fashion or otherwise, and Derek and Hansel’s emergence on the Valentino runway was brilliant, so this is where we’re at, I guess.
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