What You Need To Know:
THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE doesn’t stereotype Paris Hilton’s character as a vacuous glamour girl, but it is clear that her character enjoys pre-marital sex. Thus, the movie doesn’t strongly condemn sexual immorality. It also has some mostly light foul language. Mitigating these problems is the movie’s ending, where sex with objects of lust is rejected for true love and romance with the right person. THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE is not a really terrible movie, but its sexual attitudes require extreme caution.
(Pa, Ro, B, LL, V, S, N, A, MM) Mixed pagan worldview with Romantic and pagan elements, plus light moral element where hero rejects object of lust for true love and romance; eight obscenities, 12 light profanities and some off-color dialogue and brief scatological humor, including some humor about uncontrollable body hair and acne on a woman’s body; some light comical violence such as woman smashes man’s guitar because of lyrics she doesn’t like and woman knocked down accidentally; a few off-color jokes and content about sexual fulfillment and having pre-marital sexual relations, and two unmarried couples prepare to fornicate but eventually don’t because one person in each couple decides not to; some female cleavage, women in bikinis, woman in underwear, and upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, lying, dishonesty and people have selfish motives but such behavior is ultimately rebuked.
First, the bad news. In THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE, Paris Hilton retains her reputation as a sexually promiscuous debutante. Now, the good news. The movie’s ending does encourage young men to reject the seductions of such sexual glamour for true love with “the good girl” – relatively speaking.
The story opens with Nate Cooper’s girlfriend leaving him. Devastated, Nate, played by Joel David Moore, realizes that the woman he really wants is Cristabel Abbot, played by Paris Hilton. Nate has been smitten with Cristabel since they were six. With help from his childhood friend, Arno, Nate tracks Cristabel down. He learns, however, that Cristabel won’t date anyone seriously until her ugly friend, June Phigg, finds someone.
Nate sets out to find a date for June, who is actually quite witty and smart, but her looks turn all the men away. Then, Nate realizes a makeover could help June immensely. His schemes are interrupted, however, when a handsome dentist named Johann appears, and Nate can’t tell whether Johann is after Cristabel or a made-over June. Complicating matters is that Nate is finding June’s wit and intelligence just as attractive as Cristabel’s natural beauty and sincerity.
THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE doesn’t stereotype Paris Hilton’s character as a vacuous glamour girl, but it is clear from some dialogue and her behavior that her character enjoys pre-marital sex. The movie lets this go without much comment. Thus, it doesn’t strongly condemn sexual immorality. Mitigating this problem is the movie’s ending, where sex with the object of lust is rejected for true love and romance with the right person. The movie also has some scatological humor, a few off-color remarks and mostly light foul language. It also overplays the ugly makeup on June’s pre-makeover body.
Paris Hilton actually does a better-than-expected job here. If she takes acting seriously, she could have some kind of a future career if she wants one. The standouts, however, are Joel David Moore, whose performance as Nate is very appealing and funny, and Christine Lakin’s bright turn as June. Also, Greg Nelson, whose stage name is The Greg Nelson, is often funny as Nate’s pudgy friend Arno. His delivery of such lines as, “The Nottie must be appeased,” is funny. The cast helps make the movie more entertaining and engaging.
THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE is not a really terrible movie, but its sexual attitudes require extreme caution.