Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo: Little Black Book Edition

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

It seems that for the last eight years or so, we have been comically entertained by either Jim Carrey or a member of the Saturday Night Live crew. If it’s a member of the early to mid 90’s crew (like Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers or Rob Schneider) then odds are it’s either hit or miss. If it’s Jim Carrey, odds are it’s a hit (if it’s a comedy). While members of the SNL click have gone onto mostly bigger and much better things, with Mike Myers and Adam Sandler becoming bona fide superstars, there are some who are still struggling to make their comedic mark. Rob Schneider, who I think is much funnier than Chris Rock and David Spade combined, has made a few movies, but it’s not until “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” that he has really had the opportunity to shine. Produced by fellow SNL’er, Adam Sandler, it has his taste in humor and it’s a welcome change from the average movie.

We meet Deuce (Rob Schneider) as he is cleaning a fish tank in the buff, he has his own reasons as to why he does this, but he’s good at his job and knows what he’s doing…even if it’s cleaning fish tanks. He mistakenly stumbles on his dream job, Deuce is put in charge of watching over a local gigolo’s apartment. His fish are deathly ill and it’s up to Deuce to make sure they’re alive by the time that Antoine (Oder Fehr) gets back from Switzerland. For about five minutes, everything is normal. But it isn’t long before Deuce destroy’s Antoine’s $6000 fish tank and kitchen. Needless to say, the situation is critical and Deuce needs some money to get the place spic and span before he gets mutilated by Antoine.

Embarking on his new career as a gigolo, he tries to take Antoine’s place. Instead he ends up with a half-wit, half-rate pimp and the string of Deuce’s “dates” are about the funniest thing that I’ve ever seen. There’s a 400 lb. black woman (man?), a woman with Terets (pronounced “Ter-rets”) syndrome who spouts obscenities. There’s a woman with narcolepsy (the strange disease that makes you instantly fall asleep), and of course a woman with a pituitary problem that makes her seven feet tall. All of these “tricks” are earning Deuce money to replace everything he broke, but it’s not until that one of his set up “tricks” turns out to be a lot more “normal” than expected; and he starts to fall for her. Set up by her sisters of Alpha Delta Lamda (there’s an error, on the sorority house, the “Lamda” is spelled with an “L” when it’s actually a triangle without the bottom…), so you can imagine what happens when she finds out what he is and he finds out something very interesting about her as well…

To call “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” entertaining is stretching it just a bit, but if you take it for what it’s worth it’s not half bad. Movies that poke fun at themselves and are purposely tongue-in-cheek are sometimes a breath of fresh air. They made a sequel entitled “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo” which I never saw, but heard horrible things. So I’ll stick to this one, thank you. Look for a few funny homage’s of “The Matrix” and be prepared to laugh yourself silly. If you’re a fan of Adam Sandler’s toilet humor and not afraid to be grossed out to any degree, then there’s no reason why this movie shouldn’t be part of your collection.

Video: How does it look?

This was one of the earlier releases by Disney and they had just switched to showing their films in anamorphic widescreen. Granted, the movie (and subsequent DVD) are now nearly 7 years old but the first version looked pretty good. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer leaves little to be desired and though I caught a few blips here and there, I was impressed for the most part. This version seems to have essentially the same transfer as the last, but I caught a few instances in which this one looked a bit brighter. Lest we forget that technology has improved since the first incarnation of this movie. Edge enhancement isn’t a problem and flesh tones appear normal. I’d grade this a half a point better than its predecessor, but the image alone isn’t the reason to upgrade to Deuce 2.0.

Audio: How does it sound?

Most comedies are not known for their sound, and this is certainly no exception. While the 5.1 mix is certainly a good mix, it won’t rock your speakers in the least. A few times, such as when Deuce destroys the fish tank, sound good and activate the subwoofer and the mix sounds good. Dialogue is very clean and well placed, and I caught no distortion at all. On the whole, this is a little more than average when it comes to sound, it could have been a bit better, but could have been a whole lot worse as well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The latest annoying trend in the world of DVD is to re-release DVD’s with more extra features than they had the first time around. In some cases this can be good, but more often than not it’s a ploy by the studio to get more of your money. This “Little Black Book” edition doesn’t exactly expand on the original’s supplements by much. We get “Making the Deuce”, which is a featurette with some behind the scenes footage. There’s a “Director’s Video Diary” in which Director Mike Mitchell shot some home video footage from the set. The included material is funny, but there’s really no depth to it. “Fly on the Set” shows us some of the creation of the scenes and finally 7 deleted scenes round out the supplements. Additionally, the storyboard comparison sceens and the trailer from the original disc are both absent. I can hardly recommend this “new” version. If you already own the previous disc, that one will suffice just fine. The video is a touch better and there are some new supplements. If you don’t own the movie, this is the one to get.

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