"Raising Money the Immoral Way"
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In DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO, Rob Schneider plays Deuce Bigalow. While taking care of an actual gigolo’s home, Deuce accidentally destroys a very expensive fish tank. Deuce answers the gigolo’s phone, and a woman asks Deuce to come over for sex. Lonely and stressed out, Deuce obliges, but a comic mishap prevents him from completing his act. Nevertheless, he decides to raise money through this means. As the clock ticks down to the real gigolo’s return, Deuce faces a criminal court of law, struggles with a way to save his relationship with his girlfriend and scrambles to restore the tank.
The only marginally good news here is that Deuce doesn’t like being a gigolo. He wants to be committed to one woman and ends up marrying. Though he intends to fornicate, he figures out that what his clients really need is a friend. Deuce does fornicate once and isn’t above other inappropriate sexual behavior. Furthermore, the movie depicts lots of crude body humor, and Deuce displays dishonesty. Only occasionally humorous, and best when exposing man’s real needs – love, respect, friendship, and forgiveness – DEUCE BIGALOW wastes most of its time on very juvenile humor
(B, PaPa, L, V, SSS, NN, A, D, MMM) Ultimately light moral worldview endorsing monogamy, marriage & restoring wrongs with lots of pagan activity including extensive prostitution; 26 obscenities, many vulgar sexual euphemisms, sounds of flatulence, many uses of the word “wh*re” & 8 profanities; mild slapstick action violence including knocking over people during chases, old woman falls, punching, woman kicks man in crotch, & brief image of police beating a criminal; implied fornication by prostitution, solicitations for sex, sexual talk, sounds of sex, sexual dancing, & brief image of porno video; women in lingerie, upper male nudity usually involving men wearing nothing but bikini briefs & woman with wet T-shirt; alcohol use; smoking; and, many vulgar miscellaneous immorality including image of feces, humor at expense of blind & handicapped, image of used condom, burping, drooling, & man continually attempts to show other man his genitals.
When your executive producer is Adam Sandler, you know that foul comedy is popular right now and you are SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE alum Rob Schneider, you are probably going to make something as sophomoric as DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO. Very silly, frequently gross, often offensive, and trying desperately hard to be a nice movie after all with its moral ending, this movie clearly is only the favor of a successful friend (Sandler) to a less successful one (Schneider).
Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) is actually a pool and fish tank cleaner in Southern California. One day, he cleans the tanks of an actual gigolo named Antoine (Oded Fehr). Antoine likes Deuce and is especially appreciative of Deuce’s advice on caring for sick fish. When Antoine has to go to Europe for three weeks to service a client, he asks Deuce to watch his home and care for his sick fish. Deuce accepts. The only rule: don’t answer the phone.
Bumbling goof that he is, Deuce accidentally knocks over Antoine’s $4000 fish tank. Deuce is able to save all the fish, but must find a way to restore the tank and clean up the house before Antoine returns. Tired after the initial clean up, Deuce answers Antoine’s phone. A woman asks Deuce to come over for sex. Lonely and stressed out, Deuce obliges, but a crazy mishap involving a mean dog prevents Deuce from completing his act. He is, nevertheless, given $10 for his trouble.
After talking to Antoine’s primp T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin), Deuce concludes that, at least for a little while, he could become a gigolo to raise the money to fix Antoine’s tank. Deuce visits a very tall woman, a woman with Tourettes Syndrome, an overweight African-American woman, and a very nice one-legged woman named Kate (Arija Bareikis). Though Deuce is paid, he never actually fornicates with any of these women. In fact, he falls in love with Kate, admiring her courage.
As the clock ticks down to Antoine’s return, Detective Fowler (William Forsythe) pursues Deuce to try and trap him in prostitution. Deuce faces a criminal court of law, struggles with a way to save his relationship with Kate and, of course, scrambles to restore the tank.
The only marginally good news about this movie is that Deuce doesn’t like being a gigolo. He wants to be committed to one woman and even ends up marrying her. Though he has intentions of fornication, he eventually figures out that what his clients really need is a friend.
Deuce does, however, fornicate with one woman and isn’t above sexual dancing, stripping and other inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, the movie depicts lots of body humor including depictions of nearly every human excretion and also the sounds of flatulence. One wince-inducing joke involves a detective who thinks he has a bad case of VD and continually wants to show his affected area to Deuce. Deuce also displays dishonesty with trying to cover up his mistakes, rather than coming clean with them.
Everybody needs each other to help each other in business. Luckily, Rob Schneider has Adam Sandler for a friend. However, together they are contributing to the dumbing down and vulgarization of comedy. Only occasionally humorous, and best when exposing man’s real needs – love, respect, friendship, and even forgiveness – DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO wastes most of its time on very juvenile humor.