Getting Jiggy With the Gigolo
Roger Ebert gave Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo a rare “zero” rating, ranking it as the worst movie of 2005. It was also nominated for five 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Remake or Sequel, Worst Actor, and Worst Screen Couple.
Honestly people, what were you thinking when you decided to see this movie in the first place?
Not that plot would matter in this case, but for those who are dying to know: yes, the well-meaning Deuce Bigelow (Rob Schneider) is back in Amsterdam with his pimp friend T.J. (Eddie Griffin). When T.J. is framed for the murder of famous gigolos all across Europe, it’s up to Schneider to go undercover as a gigolo to find out who’s responsible. As with most Happy Madison movies or any film involving SNL alumni, you’re not seeing these movies expecting a work of Shakespeare. Hell, with Adam Sandler movies you’re bound to expect the same romantic bullcrap that’s in every single one of his works. At least Schneider gives us dirty jokes.
In defense of the film, I did laugh guiltfully at a lot of the jokes of the movie. Most of them involved phallic comments, insinuations, or crude terminology. But by and large, most of the humor is rather random and only finds repetition in its subject matter. To tail on one reviewer, the script seems as though it came from a locker room conversation between 13-year olds and how many genital jokes they could make in an hour and a half. But like other Happy Madison films, there is no pretentiousness in the movie and you get what you came for: cheap laughs.