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DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
After the sudden death of his wife, retired American gigolo Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) finds himself in Amsterdam where he meets up with his pimp friend TJ (Eddie Griffin) and learns that the city is being terrorised by a serial killer who preys on "man-whores". When TJ is falsely suspected of the murders, Deuce is forced to return to his old line of work in order to find the real killer.

Review by Jake Wilson:
For a modern model of the Ugly American abroad, you couldn't do better (or worse, depending how you look at it) than Rob Schneider in his guise as Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo, now relocated to decadent Amsterdam with its red-light districts and stoner coffee shops, filmed bizarrely enough on location. Kids, can you say "political allegory"? Within seconds of his arrival decked out in red, white and blue, Deuce is faced with Yankee-go-home taunts, not to say probable dunking in the nearest canal. Soon, though, he's venturing where the sneering local "man-whores" dare not, putting his body on the line in order to track down a serial killer who's about to graduate to large-scale terrorism.

You could claim Schneider is to cinema what George W. Bush is to politics, but in the absence of successful humour the film fascinates mainly as a documentary on American puritanism, starting with its dim pre-adolescent view of sex as a disgusting mystery best kept off-screen. As ever in the Adam Sandler school of bad taste comedy, the viewer is invited to enjoy perversion from a safe distance by laughing at designated freaks (foreigners, sexually needy women, Eddie Griffin's closeted pimp). Deuce is obviously as grotesque as anyone else, but he also has the heroic status of a white male visitor from the land of the free: when his blood is up he can bust out like Popeye, transforming from pathetic dork into two-fisted defender of the American way.

There are plenty of extras on the DVD, including a making of special, behind the scenes featurette, infomercials, featurette with cast interviews, deleted scenes and trailers.

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DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO: DVD (MA)
(US, 2005)

CAST: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Jeroen Krabbé, Til Schweiger, Douglas Sills, Carlos Ponce, Charles Keating, Hanna Verboom, Kostas Sommer, Bastiaan Ragas, Zoe Telford

PRODUCER: John Schneider

DIRECTOR: Mike Bigelow

SCRIPT: Rob Schneider, David Garrett, Jason Ward (story by Rob Schneider)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Marc Felperlaan

EDITOR: Peck Prior, Sandy S. Solowitz

MUSIC: James L. Venable

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Benedict Schillemans

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 22, 2005

PRESENTATION: widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the Gigalo: Making of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo - Part 1 and Part 2; The Casting Lounge - Behind the Scenes Featurette; TJ's Float Crib; So You Want to Be a Man Whore - 4 infomercials; Comedy Central Special - Behind the Scenes Featurette; Man-Ho 10; Featurette with cast interviews; Deleted Scenes; Trailers

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures

DVD RELEASE: December 29, 2005







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