Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

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Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Deuce Bigalow sitting on a bench with the leaning Tower of Pisa in the background
Directed by Mike Bigelow
Produced by John Schneider
Adam Sandler
Jack Giarraputo
Screenplay by Rob Schneider
David Garrett
Jason Ward
Story by Rob Schneider
Based on Characters 
by Harris Goldberg
Rob Schneider
Starring Rob Schneider
Eddie Griffin
Jeroen Krabbé
Til Schweiger
Kostas Sommer
Music by James L. Venable
Cinematography Marc Felperlaan
Edited by Peck Prior
Sandy S. Solowitz
Production
company
Happy Madison Productions
Out of the Blue... Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)
Running time 83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million
Box office $45,109,561 [1]

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is the 2005 comedy sequel to the 1999 film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, from Happy Madison Productions. Rob Schneider returns in the role of a male prostitute Deuce Bigalow who visits his former pimp T.J. (Eddie Griffin) in Amsterdam, and then finds himself looking for a murderer who is killing the greatest "man-whores" of Europe. Unlike Male Gigolo, distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures brand, European Gigolo was released by Sony's Columbia Pictures brand.

Plot[edit]

Gigolos in Europe are being terrorized by a serial killer. In Malibu, Deuce Bigalow's wife Kate has died from a shark attack, and Deuce is invited by his former pimp T.J. Hicks to Amsterdam where T.J. is currently pimping. Deuce goes, as he is suspected of complicity in some dolphin-related injuries in Malibu and to take his mind off of Kate (even though he brings her prosthetic leg along).

After T.J. shows Deuce his boat, or "float crib," the pair go to a coffee shop where they get high (Deuce unaware) and bump into Heinz Hummer, a German gigolo. After leaving the coffee shop, Deuce finds Hummer dead in an alley, but thinks he is merely stoned and takes the dead gigolo to T.J.'s float crib; when T.J. gets back, he immediately realizes that Humma is dead. T.J. plans to dump the body, but skeptical of Hummer's reputation of being well-endowed, pauses to unzip his pants and examine his genitalia. Unfortunately, he is caught by a tour boat and is subsequently labeled by the media as a gay gigolo killer. T.J. escapes, but Deuce is apprehended and taken to the police station where he is interviewed by Gaspar Voorsboch, a police inspector who wants to know of T.J.'s whereabouts.

Upon his release from the police station, Deuce finds T.J. at a restaurant and recalls that he saw the real killer walking away from Hummer's body. Deuce says it was a woman, so they both figure it was a she-john, a former client of the murdered gigolo. T.J. convinces Deuce to help find the real killer by becoming a gigolo again, visiting the former clients and "rooting" out the killer. They attend a meeting of the Royal Order Of European Man Whores (an organization of male prostitutes), but fail to procure a list of the clients. Afterwards, they get the list from Antoine, the professional gigolo who appeared in the first film (even though T.J., upon saving Antoine from choking, is once again labeled by the media as the gay gigolo killer).

Deuce and T.J. visit the first client on the list. While Deuce distracts the woman, T.J. breaks into her residence and finds a brand of lipstick which might be the kind found on all the victims. After leaving, Deuce finds Gaspar on the street and shows him the lipstick. Gaspar throws the lipstick in the trash, mentioning that the lipstick found on the victims "is a very rare one: Lavender Love #66". As Gaspar enters the police station, his niece, Eva, approaches him and gives him his lunch. Eva slaps herself three times when Gaspar sneezes. Deuce helps her pick up the things she dropped, and Eva explains to Deuce that she has obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fish-enthusiast Deuce sees that she has a painting of a fish, so they go to the Amsterdam aquarium together. Later, Deuce continues to investigate different women from Antoine's book, including a woman named Svetlana who was born near Chernobyl and has a very active penis for a nose, a hunchbacked woman, a woman with a tracheotomy, a woman who's filthy from head to toe, and a woman with gigantic ears. Like the first film, Deuce manages to help the ladies with their dilemmas and earns their gratitude in return.

Deuce finds that a lead on the serial killer is a photo in the Man-Whore Society, so he and T.J. sneak into their headquarters. During the search for the photo, they are discovered and retreat. Deuce escapes, but T.J. takes a wrong turn and discovers another gigolo, Enzo, burned to death in his tanning bed. T.J. is arrested and Deuce is left alone to solve the mystery.

While visiting Eva, Deuce is snooping around and finds evidence implicating Eva is the man-whore killer. Deuce then rushes to the police department and tells Gaspar that he accuses Eva. Gaspar is reluctant to believe this, and even drops many hints that he himself is the man-whore killer, but Deuce remains clueless.

While Gaspar has told Eva that he is the man-whore killer, Deuce rides with Gaspar to the Man-Whore Awards Ceremony under the guise of protecting the man-whores there. However, to Gaspar's surprise, Eva is chasing them on a moped (having overcome her OCD of door knobs), and shouts at Deuce that Gaspar is the killer. Gaspar pulls a gun on Deuce and proceeds to tell him that, once, he was a man-whore hopeful. While Gaspar was observing a demonstration on how to perform a certain sex act, one of his classmates offered to let him use his penis-enlargement pump. When the demonstration ended, Gaspar was horrified to learn that the woman who was on the receiving end of the sex act was his fiancée. Gaspar was so angry and shocked that he continued to pump until his penis exploded, causing the other men to laugh at him. He blames man-whores for the loss of his fiancée and his penis, and plans to blow them all up at their awards ceremony.

At the ceremony, Deuce evacuates the building and gets into a swordfight with Gaspar, during which he mentions the other romantic ways of pleasing a woman such as talking with them or at least pretending to listen to them among others; his words move the ladies in the crowd and the male gigolos. Gaspar beats Deuce, but before he can detonate the bomb, the woman with a penis for a nose and the woman with the tracheotomy arrive at the stage and distract Gaspar. Deuce then knocks out Gaspar with a trophy, taking the bomb detonator from him. For his bravery, Deuce is given the Golden Boner award - an explicit statue - and the respect of his fellow man-whores. He shares a passionate kiss with Eva, and accidentally sets off the bomb when the statue's penis bumps the detonator button. Deuce and Eva then promptly leave the scene. The following day, Deuce and Eva come to pick up T.J., who has been released from jail, and tells them that he is entering a brand new prostitution market: gay man-whoring. They all walk off as the screen fades to black.

Like the first film, an epilogue states of what became of the characters: T.J. stops gay man-whoring and becomes a rapper, Deuce and Eva got married with Eva being expectant, Gaspar becomes a man-whore in prison, Kate's prosthetic leg is turned into a bong by a lady without a leg, Norm Macdonald is mentioned again, and so on.

Cast[edit]

There are also cameos from Adam Sandler and Elisabetta Canalis.

Reception[edit]

"Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times[2]

Meta review website Rotten Tomatoes shows that only 9% of 97 reviews are positive.[3]

Roger Ebert gave this film a very rare "zero star" rating, calling it "aggressively bad, as if it wants to cause suffering to the audience" and on his show Ebert and Roeper "completely beneath contempt."[2] He ranked it as the worst film of 2005, and ultimately included this movie in his most hated films list.[4] On the television show Ebert & Roeper, Richard Roeper called the film "the cinematic equivalent of a bunch of 13 year old boys in a locker room repeating dirty phrases they've just learned" and "dead on arrival."

Ebert also chastized Rob Schneider for his overly-zealous defense of the series, referring to an incident in which Los Angeles Times critic Patrick Goldstein called Schneider a "third-rate comic." Schneider responded by calling Goldstein a "third-rate, unfunny pompous reporter" in a full-page open letter published in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Schneider further claimed that Goldstein was unqualified to review the film since he was not a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Ebert, himself having won the Pulitzer Prize, took it upon himself to criticize Schneider in his own review.[2] He ended the review with the quote "Your movie sucks" which would later become the title of a book published by Ebert compiling reviews of films he had awarded below 2/4 stars.

Ebert and Schneider would ultimately settle their differences, and Schneider sent his well wishes to Ebert during his recovery from thyroid cancer. Ebert responded "Rob Schneider might (in my opinion) have made a bad movie. He is not a bad man."[5]

The movie was nominated for five Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Screen Couple (Rob Schneider and his diapers) with Schneider winning Worst Actor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b c Roger Ebert (2005-08-12). "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo". rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  3. ^ Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (2005-08-11). "Ebert's Most Hated". rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  5. ^ "A bouquet arrives". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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