12 March 2003

Hot, or not?

The Hot Chick: 2.25 Stars. I don't feel that my $1.50 was wasted, but I'm glad I didn't throw down a full Hamilton for this Rob Schneider vehicle. This little flick puts a gender-bending twist the body-switching theme popularized in the 1980s (Kirk Cameron/Dudley Moore (Like Father, Like Son) and Fred Savage/Judge Reinhold (Vice Versa) having starred in the most well-known of them...George Burns/Charlie Schlatter (18 Again) paired in one of the least). Now we have Rob Schneider and Rachel McAdams. The first problem this film has is that the titular star is, in fact, the third hottest chick in the film, behind ├╝ber-sexy Anna Faris and MTV Undressed star Samia Doumit. For comparison, Anna and Samia vs. Rachel. One could argue that the gal playing Rachel's mom, Melora Hardin, is also hotter. But, that aside, this film is owned by Rob Schneider. It rises and falls with his performance, and, for the most part, he does a pretty good job playing a teenaged girl trapped inside a hairy Jewish guy. There are the usual trappings of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company: the shouting of "That's a big bitch!", the man exposing his penis for another man's inspection (this time it's Caddyshack star Michael O'Keefe, all growed up), and Sandler's required cameo (this time as a Rastafarian-type rehashing an old SNL skit). Overall, not a great film, but I laughed. Quick question, though. What was Robert Davi doing in this film???

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