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DEUCE BIGALOW - MALE GIGOLO

SYNOPSIS:
Fish tank cleaner Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) dreams of moving out of his bad neighbourhood, but his earnings are meagre and things get worse when he loses his job. Heís hired to clean the pond at an upmarket apartment block, where he meets Antoine (Oded Fehr) an equally upmarket gigolo. When Antoine has to leave urgently on business, he leaves Deuce in charge of his apartment. Things go wrong almost immediately, and Deuce finds himself in need of a lot of money - fast. Almost by accident, he falls in with self-styled "man madam" T J Hicks (Eddie Griffin) and starts plying his trade as a gigolo. In the process, he meets Kate (Arija Bareikis), the girl of his dreams; and Detective Chuck Fowler (William Forsythe) a cop out to bust him.

"The poster proclaims 'From the producers of The Waterboy & Big Daddy.' This isnít filling me with hope for my outing to Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (is there any other kind?). But, perhaps because my expectations were so low, I was pleasantly surprised by this decidedly lowbrow film. When I say pleasantly surprised, I mean there are actually some funny scenes in the thin and wildly improbable tale; unlike the efforts of certain other Saturday Night Live alumni. Perhaps itís because Rob Schneider as the eponymous Deuce brings a degree of self-deprecation to the project thatís almost refreshing. The plot itself is just plain dumb and is little more than an excuse for a series of set-piece gags - mostly at the expense of the disabled. These 'jokes' are really cheap shots and often plain offensive, with no effort being made to even correctly identify the handicaps being lampooned, let alone understand them. But when Schneider and co. manage to break away from this type of so-called comedy, they do manage to produce some funny moments. For my $12.50, this isnít enough to recommend the film, but at least it rises above some other dross thatís been fed to us this year. Deuce Bigalow is, as youíd expect, largely a vehicle for Schneider. However, he does get some good support from Eddie Griffin as T J, the pimp with a vocabulary all his own. But poor William Forsythe is treated very badly by the script. While I canít say I exactly enjoyed Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, it does have some (albeit few) redeeming features."
David Edwards

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DEUCE BIGALOW - MALE GIGOLO (M)

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CAST: Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin, Arija Bareikis, Oded Fehr, Gail OíGrady, Richard Riehle, Jacqueline Obradors

DIRECTOR: Mike Mitchell

PRODUCER: Sid Ganis, Barry Bernardi

SCRIPT: Harris Goldberg, & Rob Schneider

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Lyons Collister

EDITOR: George Bowers, Lawrence Jordan

MUSIC: Teddy Castellucci

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alan Au

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 6, 2000

VIDEO RELEASE: July 5, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista International







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