Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is a low-brow comedy not quite up to the scale of an Austin Powers, There's Something About Mary or Dumb and Dumber, but it is on par with a Big Daddy.

As is usually the case, the movie is a bunch of one-screen gags strung together in the hope of making the audience laugh continually. Because of the great mood I was in, this generally worked. The plot is just a showcase for the gags: Deuce (Saturday Night Live's Rob Schneider) is a fish tank cleaner who ends up being responsible for taking care of the apartment of Antoine (Oded Fehr), a male prostitute. When Deuce begins to monkey around, he manages to destroy a $6000 aquarium, which he must replace or face Antoine's wrath. Needless to say, Deuce begins to sell his "services" to pay for the damage. This results in a somewhat hilarious sequence of episodes where Deuce finally realises his niche in life and finds true love.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo has its high spots. In particular, the parody of The Matrix is pretty hilarious. The main politically incorrect focus of the film is primarily on physically handicapped people who are, in a way, outcasts of society. Deuce's services involve making these people feel "normal" again and this is done by taking some risk (of offending the audience) which I appreciated. Generally though, the one-track nature of this approach became tiresome after a while.

The trailer is a bit misleading compared to what actually happens in the film (like in the trailer for Go) which can be interesting, as is the novel way the Tourette's syndrome problem is handled. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo wil induce a few laughs if you're in the right mood. Worth renting.

Movie ramblings || Ram Samudrala ||