Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

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Director: Mike Mitchell
Writer: Rob Schneider, Harris Goldberg
Producers: Sidney Ganis, Barry Bernardi
Rob Schneider
Oded Fehr
A professional fish tank cleaner suddenly finds himself in a big hole of debt when he mangles the apartment of a male gigolo client of his, whose place he was looking after during the man’s three-week absence. Recognizing his inability to come up with that kind of dough in that little amount of time, Deuce decides to join the world’s oldest profession, and turns himself into…a manwhore!
One of the funnier movies of the year, this film will definitely trigger two types of reactions: love or hate. If you like the Adam Sandler grown-up stupid child routine and all the crass humor from THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (7/10), well by golly, sign yourself up for this gig, cause it’s perfect for you. If, on the other hand, Merchant & Ivory are considered to be two of your favorite words when discussing film, then I suggest you leave Deuce and his piss and fart jokes alone. This definitely ain’t for you! Simple enough? Absolutely, and much like this film’s actual plot line, do not expect to find the answer to the world’s problems lying in this movie’s abundance of wet T-shirt and handicap jokes, but do prepare yourself to laugh a hardy har-har when Mr. Schneider and co. pull off two of the first, and most hilarious, MATRIX (8/10) hommages of the year. You have to see it to believe it. Pretty cool. Also, much like Sandler’s last cinematic vehicle, BIG DADDY (7/10), this film takes a real shot at romance tied into an emotional scene or two, and believe it or not, Schneider actually pulls these scenes off. Wow. Pretty neat.

Don’t get me wrong here folks, you aren’t gonna find the lost scenes from CASABLANCA in here, but God help me if I didn’t appreciate the obvious but poignant “make the best of what you have” message woven into Schneider’s goofy script. And if all that wasn’t enough, you have an excellent cast of side characters, including one of the most intense cops put to film (with a “small” fixation on his own penis), a beautiful girlfriend, who also happens to be a pretty decent actress, and Oded Fehr, who if you hadn’t noticed by the umpteen love notes inscribed after my MUMMY (8/10) review, is a great looking man with an ass that would put most porno stars to shame. And the mane…wow! Another hilarious turn is also given to the character of Deuce’s dad in this movie. His description of how he met Deuce’s mom is to die for! The one thing which surprisingly didn’t work for me, were the epilogues at the end of the movie. They seemed to be wanting to be funny, but just fell flat. All in all, this movie is filled with cheap, filthy and quick humor, and if that’s what you’re looking for, this should be your ticket to he-bitch heaven (you’ll fully appreciate that line after you see the film).

And for God’s sakes, if you truly do not like childish, dirty and “stupid” humor, do us all a favor and skip this movie, because you’ll just end up bitching about it later, even though a flashing neon light is telling you “this is NOT for you!”. Don’t say I didn’t warn you :).

(c) 2021 Berge Garabedian

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