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DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO
Little Black Book Edition

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin, Arija Bareikis, Oded Fehr
Director: Mike Mitchell
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Touchstone
Features: See Review
Length: 88 Minutes
Release Date: March 14, 2006

“THAT’S A HUGE BITCH!”

Film ***

You have to take the film critic out of you to enjoy certain movies, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is one of those movies. True, I recently ripped apart the sequel, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, but that was only because that movie, even as a lame-brained comedy, didn’t have a particular focus. It just felt the need to do one extremely gross out gag after another.

Thankfully, the memory of the original movie wasn’t trampled on at all. I hadn’t seen the movie in a while, so it was nice to rediscover all of the forgotten laughs this little movie had to offer. The one line that will always stay in my head is the simply utterance of “THAT’S A HUGE BITCH!”

The movie, produced by Adam Sandler, tells of the title character (played by Rob Schneider) who’s extremely down on his luck. He’s just been fired from his job as a fish tank cleaner after being spotted at a public aquarium in the nude. He then operates as a private tank cleaner This leads to him crossing paths with Antoine (Oded Fehr), a limo driver by day, woman pleasing gigolo by night.

Antoine has a lavish beachside mansion. When Deuce notices that he has a sick fish in his tank, Antoine insists that he stay and housesit while he goes to Switzerland for business. But there’s a strict warning; if anything is damaged, Deuce will face certain death from Antoine’s hands.

Needless to say, a big accident happens. Deuce accidentally knocks over the fish tank and wrecks the entire living room. Repairs will cost him $6000. So where is he going to get this kind of money in three weeks time? Deuce finds no other solution except to take on Antoine’s nighttime profession; that of a male gigolo.

His first few attempts at bedding women are less than successful. Thank goodness he crosses paths with T.J. (Eddie Griffin), a pimp who knows all there is to know about being a successful “man whore”. He teaches Deuce the ropes, and before long, he starts making some successful, well, you get the idea.

Along the way, Deuce even falls for a sweet girl named Kate (Arija Bareikis). He develops such strong feelings for her that he conceals his job as a gigolo so that he doesn’t end up hurting her. Deuce also garners a threat in the form of a persistent cop named Fowler (William Forsythe), who’s trying to pin something on him and T.J.

So as you can see, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is not in existence to be critically praised. Like many Adam Sandler-veined comedies, they exist solely to garner as many laughs as it can, no matter how low it steeps to. In this case, the movie doesn’t steep too low; it finds the right note for each laugh. It should be noted that gross humor does play a vital role in the gags (so does narcolepsy, Tourette’s Syndrome, prosthetics and questionable drag queens).

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo remains quite the laugh fest. My advice is to go with this one and completely forgo the sequel entirely.

Video ***1/2

This is quite a terrific looking anamorphic presentation from Touchstone. Image clarity is indeed strong from one scene to the next. Some momentary grain keeps it from being a first rate video presentation, but for the most part, it’s a most exceptionally handled presentation.

Audio ***

This comedy is heavy on dialogue, but music and frequent physical gags help elevate it above the normal level for a movie of this type. The 5.1 mix delivers in the mentioned areas, and has plenty to deliver in pretty much each scene to keep the presentation lively.

Features ***

For this new “Little Black Book” edition, Touchstone has added some nice upgraded touches. Included on the disc is a "Making The Deuce" Featurette, The Director's Video Diary, A Fly On The Set and Deleted Scenes.

The menus are especially well handled.

Summary:

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo still manages to tickle the funny bone seven years down the road. Grab you some STEAK and enjoy this HUGE BITCH of a darn funny movie.

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