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Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (R)

Release Date: August 12th, 2005 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Hanna Verboom
Directed by Mike Bigelow.

BASIC PREMISE: Deuce Bigalow (Schneider) is back, except now he is in Amsterdam and needs to prove that his ex-pimp (Griffin) is innocent of murder.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Although the plot is outrageous and contrived, it is merely a platform for many attempts for sexual jokes. There is a running joke that the ex-pimp framed from murder is gay because somehow he ends up with his hands on the male victims' private part--even if the victim is burnt beyond recognition. Deuce has a clear mission to find the real serial killer who he thinks must be a female in a fur coat. Just like in the first film, he encounters a few women with unique, defining characteristics. One woman has a male organ on her face where her nose is supposed to be. Another one has a tracheotomy hole in her throat where she speaks from--and gushes wine from. Finally, there's Eva (Verboom), a beautiful woman who is a potential love interest for Deuce, but she happens to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. On top of that, she is very shady and suspicious at times, so Deuce believes that she must be the killer. Most of the jokes are funny, but there are some inappropriate jokes aimed at Americans, blacks, Asians, and Canadians. Granted, they are all played for laughs, but it becomes redundant and eventually feels too forced. There is one hilarious scene when two of the women demonstrate how they are a perfect match for one another in the craziest possible way. The entire film feels like many small skits with low-brow humor. They are all lively and full of comic energy, but very little is actually memorable or quotable. It would have been nice to see outtakes as well.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: If anyone expects to be enlightened in any way by this movie, they are probably confusing it with another movie. This comedy is purely meant for laughs just like the first Deuce Bigalow movie.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: As long as you check your brain at the door, there is none. Suspension of disbelief is a must in order to enjoy this film.

THE BOTTOM LINE: An occasionally laugh-out-loud movie with a silly plot that eventually runs out of gas with too many of the same sexual and offensive jokes. However, with its running time of 83 minutes, it never overstays it welcome.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Fans of the first movie- Movie Theater (1st Run)                                                  Everyone else- VHS/DVD

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