Publicity Stills of "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"
(Courtesy from Columbia TriStar)

Photo Credit: Dinard Van Der Wal

Photo Credit: Jaap Vrenegoor

Photo by: Dinand Van Der Wal

Photo by: Jaap Vrenegoor

Genre: Comedy
Director: Mike Bigelow
Starring: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Hanna Verboom
RunTime: 1 hr 23 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: M18 (Mature Content)

Opening Day: 13 October 2005


Deuce (Rob Schneider) is seduced back to his unlikely pleasure-for-pay profession when Hicks, (Eddie Griffin) his former pimp, is implicated in the murders of Europe’s greatest gigolos. Now Deuce must go back “undercover” in order to clear the name of his good friend. Along the way, he must compete against the powerful European Union of prosti-dudes (The Man-Whore Society) and court yet another bevy of abnormal female clients, including the beautiful Eva (HANNA VERBOOM), who suffers from acute obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Movie Review:

Watching “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” is akin to opening the Pandora’s box. Brace yourself for what’s coming to you and lower your expectations. This time round, our naïve fish tank cleaner, Deuce Bigalow has to go undercover to save his friend, T J Hicks when he’s implicated in the murders of Europe’s greatest gigolos. It’s already bizarre enough to include a so-called European Union of prosti-dudes and by prominently portraying Amsterdam as the capital for legalized drug use and prostitution, you know why good old Disney decides to drop the sequel (even though the original grossed over $100 million worldwide) and Columbia picked it up instead.

Shot on locations such as Amsterdam and Spain in favour of the usual soundstages. “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” surprisingly boasts some of the finest landmarks in Europe ever captured for a Hollywood production. For a comedy, it’s a first.

But of course, it is insane to focus on the visual and cinematography for a comedy genre. The audience is more concerned on the laugh factors. For the story bit, the original was all about the innocent Deuce Bigalow trying his best to earn a living but somehow got himself into trouble time and time again. An old fashioned tale mixed with some funny gags. This sequel however, tries to work the other way round, filling the thin plot with crude humour, fart jokes, nude bits and to think, Rob Scheider spent a year co-writing this piece of work. To make things worse, most of the funny bits have been disclosed in the clip.

Still, there are a few laugh-out scenes littered thoughout (the parody of the Oscar award is one) and if you have not been subjecting yourself to gross-out body fluids gags plus jokes containing huge (pardon the pun) references to private areas, I suggest you should stop reading this review and proceed on.

The problem with Rob Scheider in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” is no matter how hard he tried to crank up the laugh factor, the jokes ended up liked segments extracted from the late Benny Hill’s shows. Even the latter is a much worth gem to watch on television. The jokes are pathetically veered towards offensive territory rather than rib-tickling. Well, who can forget Rob’s longtime producer friend, Adam Sandler? He appears in a blink-and-you-missed cameo.

Hollywood is definitely not a breeding ground for creative talents. But having too much recycled gags in a movie really put the audience off. It’s a pity “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” chose the easy way out. The same ho but seriously a new low.

Movie Rating:

(Literally a low brow comedy, worse still peppered with too much recycled gags and jokes which makes it a new low)

Review by Linus Tee

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