Review Date: December 11, 2002
Director: Tom Brady
Writer: Rob Schneider, Tom Brady
Producers: Carr D'Angelo, John Schneider
Rob Schneider as Clive
Rachel McAdams as Jessica
Anna Faris as April
And even though the film definitely outstays its welcome (it felt like two hours), features a couple of useless and unfunny subplots (the whole thing about the black chick with the Vietnamese mom should have been 86'ed in the editing room, as well as the overdone cheerleading shtuff) and included a number of "dumb" jokes, most of the stuff made me chuckle. And if you're anything like me (and for the sake of your social life, I hope to God not!), you might enjoy some of this tomfoolery as well. Some of my favorite moments included Schneider's Tacito character, all of his back-and-forths with the ex-boyfriend, the obvious gay and lesbian undertones (well-played), the fun with the bartender and yeah...even a couple of the tender moments. I don't usually like it when either Sandler or Schneider overplay the "sentimental" vibe in their films, but the stuff with the girl's parents worked in this movie, and I even bought the love angle between the girl in whom Schneider is "inserted" and her ex-boyfriend (put your hands together for Joey Lawrence's younger brother, ya'll...whoah!!). The outtakes at the end of the film were embarrassingly unfunny though-what were they thinking? The film also starts off pretty slowly (although as my movie partness pointed out, they did have to establish some kind of background to all the goofiness to follow, so it's somewhat understandable), but once the girl wakes up with her own penis (story of my life), things are pretty amusing thereafter.
Nobody's gonna discover the cure for cancer while watching a movie like this, but if you want to forget about your shitty day-to-day life for a few hours, appreciate the humor of these dumb-dumb characters and look forward to seeing the lovely Anna Faris smile her eyes out for a couple of hours (call me!), drop a dime into this bin. I will say that I would love to see both Sandler and Schneider get out of their "dumb guy" or "fish out of water" character ruts one day and actually write a full-blown comedy that involves more wit, clever jabs and less dick and fart jokes though. Come on, guys...you've got the comedic testicles...take a year or two off and come back with something original. You can do it!!