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The Hot Chick Movie Review

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo was pretty funny, but The Animal was one of the worst movies ever witnessed on the big screen. Rob Schneider returns in 2002 with The Hot Chick, but instead of delivering a laugh-out-loud comedy, only proves that his days may be numbered.

The Hot Chick at times is fairly funny, with some good gags about (of course) a girl being trapped inside a guy's body. There is a scene where Rob Schneider tries to take a piss with "her" newfound penis for the first time.

Those scenes are limited. The Hot Chick is by no means the worst movie I have seen, but this concept should be so easy to do and Schneider just fails miserably at it. The whole slapstick routine makes very little sense given the context; was there a script, or was this movie just made on the fly?

What am I talking about, you ask?

The Hot Chick is about a bitchy high school girl (who makes up for it with extremely non-high school age looks) who one day wakes up to find that her body has been swapped with that of Rob Schneider's. She of course freaks out that she now looks like a man (not that attractive of one, either), has hair on her non-existent breasts and has a penis. Certain steps are taken to figure out what is going on and fix things, while encountering various problems along the way, but...

The movie is pure slapstick. In the first scene where Schneider approaches "her" best friend (Anna Faris of Scary Movie), she sprays him with mace and he goes bouncing down the bleachers. Why would this happen? Various silly and pointless things happen along the way, including many scenes where Schneider asks very, very gay. Whoever said that a teenage girl literally trapped in a man's body would act gay? Schneider acts much more like a gay guy than a girl trapped in a man's body.

Now, of course this review will be picked apart with arguments such as, "This movie isn't supposed to be serious" or "This is what Rob Schneider is known for." Fine. I can respect cheesy teen comedies, and I can really enjoy them, too. Unfortunately, the form of comedy Schneider uses in this movie seems to conflict with the easy potential that this concept had; he tried to bring in his form of comedy instead of allowing the story to present its own version of funniness.

The Hot Chick has its moments and put in front of a large group of teenagers could be moderately entertaining, but deserves nothing more than to be considered a cheap rental.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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