Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo | Chicago Reader

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

At first this subversive sex-and-scatology comedy seems only pseudofeminist in its table-turning premise—a man successfully pursues a career in prostitution though he's not particularly appealing. But after loosening us up with some irresistible shtick that rigorously fulfills genre expectations, the movie subtly, systematically begins to break down familiar tropes in the depiction of attractiveness, attraction, and heterosexual courtship. By the end I found myself debating the merits of one of several wet-T-shirt shots, unable to decide whether its placement in the near-brilliant scheme was a miscalculation or a reminder that an effective example is often the best parody. Mike Mitchell directed a screenplay by Harris Goldberg and Rob Schneider; with Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Arija Bareikis, William Forsythe, and Oded Fehr.

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