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 comdey). While members of the SNL click have gone onto mostly bigger and much better things, with Mike Myers and Adam Sandler becoming bonafide superstars, there are some who are still struggling to make their comdeic 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 Sandler’s taste in humor (which he will not do anymore) and it’s a welcome change from the average, ordinary 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. Accidently stumbling upon his dream job, Deuce is put in charge of watching over a local giglo’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 in a mere three weeks. All goes well–for about 5 minutes, which is the amount of time it takes for Deuce to destroy Antoine’s $6000 fish tank and destroy the 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 a 13th century crossbow (you’ll get it if you see the movie).
Deuce embarks on his new career as a gigolo, trying to take the place of Antoine. 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 Terroute’s (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 pituatary 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…
Overall, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was very entertaining, it’s not afraid to make fun at itself and it’s certainly not trying to win any Oscars, though it did do suprisingly well at the box office. Look for a few funny homages to “The Matrix” and be prepared to laugh youself 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. Look for an Oscar calibur performance by Rob Schneider (only kidding)…
Video: How does it look?
Disney, finally, has started to set some sort of standard concerning their support of 16:9 titles. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo has a brand new 16:9 transfer at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The picture, while not perfect, looks very good, as it should being a new movie to DVD. While there was a little bit of artifacting, it’s nothing that resulted in any major picture loss, but it got “knocked down” a point as it’s not a perfect picture. Overall, not a bad effort from Disney. Keep it up.
Audio: How does it sound?
Most comedies are not known for their sound, and Deuce 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, Deuce 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?
Disney…they want to try, or do they? It seems that if they include stuff like Warner and Universal do standard, the “Mouse” has to charge an arm and a leg for it. Even Fox finally came down in their pricing structure. Anyhow, the original theatrical trailer is included, along with a two minute featurette that plays more like a trailer. Also included are some storyboard to movie comparisons that they think are neat (though there are movies that have them availabale for the whole movie instead of just two scenes). Oh, and leave it to Disney to include trailers for movies in the beginning of the disc. Just when you thought it was safe to abandon VHS because of “coming attractions”, Disney ruins another format. Anyway, they can be advanced by frame selecting, but it’s still annoying.