Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Produced by Sid Ganis
Barry Bernandi
Written by Harris Goldberg
Starring Rob Schneider
William Forsythe
Eddie Griffin
Arija Bareikis
Adam Sandler
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Edited by George Bowers
Lawrence Jordan
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $92.9 million

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is a 1999 sex comedy film starring Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin, Oded Fehr and Arija Bareikis. The film follows a hapless fishtank cleaner who goes into business as a male prostitute in an attempt to earn enough money to repair damage he caused while house-sitting. It was the first film released by Happy Madison Productions. The film spawned a sequel titled Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, but with Columbia Pictures replacing Touchstone.


Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider), a diminutive fishtank cleaner (aquarist), is fired for cleaning the tank at a public aquarium in the nude. Deuce has no success in attracting women, so he tries to stay busy with work. On a house call, he meets an Argentinean male prostitute Antoine Laconte (Oded Fehr). Antoine is going on a business trip, and he asks Deuce to care for his lionfish and his home while he is away. Deuce accidentally sets Antoine's kitchen on fire when trying to make a grilled cheese sandwich in the toaster, and smashes an expensive fish tank.

Fearing Antoine will kill him, Deuce is forced to find a way to pay for the damage. Low-rent pimp T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin) offers to help Deuce make enough money to buy a new fish tank, and convinces Deuce to take over the absent Antoine's role as a gigolo. Deuce decides to make the clients feel better about themselves, since he only desires to have sex with beautiful, sexy women.

Deuce meets unusual clients but he still manages to get along with them, despite there being no sex involved, by doing something that has never happened with them before. These clients include:

  • Carol, a woman who is severely narcoleptic. Rather than having sex, Deuce just literally sleeps in bed with her.
  • Ruth, who has Tourettes Syndrome with coprolalia, and therefore is afraid of socializing. Deuce decides to take her to a baseball game, where her sporadic outbursts of profanity are likely to fit in with the crowd's yelling. After a few outbursts, the crowd starts cheering with her.
  • Fluisa, an obese woman weighing close to 750 pounds. Deuce averts the woman's advances, leaving her somewhat emotionally disarmed to the point of revealing her insecurities with her appearance. Deuce quickly comes up with an alternative form of "play", and the scene changes to Deuce and Fluisa sitting on her sofa playing a food-themed trivia game. He also helps her walk again by encouraging her exercise and diet as another form of "play"
  • Tina, another woman has a pituitary gland disorder and is extremely tall, so tall in fact that her face is always out of frame (her face is never revealed throughout the film). As Deuce walks down a sidewalk with the woman, various unseen bystanders yell insults at her, such as "Freak!" and, "That's a huge bitch!" the latter insult becoming one of the most memorable lines from the movie (later appearing in other films).

Deuce's list of clients gradually increases, with each client being satisfied by much more fulfilling measures (such as the aforementioned tall woman heard groaning with pleasure while Deuce is giving her a foot massage, exclaiming that no one had ever touched her feet before) due to Deuce's evasion of sex with them. However, Deuce falls in love with one of his clients, Kate (Arija Bareikis), who has a prosthetic leg. She later breaks up with Deuce when she finds out that he was a prostitute hired by her friends.

Meanwhile, Deuce is pursued by Detective Chuck Fowler (William Forsythe), who demands Antoine's "black book" of clients and threatens to take Deuce to jail if he does not comply. Deuce eventually helps Detective Fowler please his wife by stripping and erotically dancing for her, and the two make peace. Deuce is still taken into custody on prostitution charges, as Fowler needs someone to bring in and Deuce's own refusal to betray his new found friend, T.J.(whom Fowler described as another person of interest aside Deuce due to his previous acquaintance with Antoine), by turning him in. At the hearing, it is revealed that Deuce never slept with any of the clients except for Kate. Since Deuce gave back the money to Kate and was not paid for sex with her, he is cleared of all charges.

Using the money he made, Deuce restores Antoine's fish tank, albeit with lower-quality glass. Unfortunately, one of Deuce's friends accidentally kills the prize fish in Antoine's aquarium. Deuce buys a replacement fish and returns to Antoine's house just in time. Antoine is suspicious, but cannot figure out why. He taps the new aquarium and the glass shatters. Deuce then reveals his man-whoring escapades to the confused and angry Antoine. Outraged, Antoine tries to kill Deuce, and at one point shoots an arrow at him. The aforementioned overweight client, Fluisa, shows up, comes between the two men, and saves Deuce's life (she is not killed because the arrow hits her breasts, between which she has hidden a roast chicken). Antoine is then arrested by Detective Fowler, and Deuce marries Kate. The end sequences continues to follow the epilogue, Deuce's father becomes a man-whore, Fluisa underwent a gastric bypass operation and is now working as a model known as Naomi, Ruth opens up an all girls school for Tourette's, Carol manages her trip to France, T.J. starts his own reality show dedicated to his experiences as a man-whore and an incarcerated Antoine marries Tina.



Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is the first film released by the Happy Madison Productions film production company. Adam Sandler served as the film's executive producer. Sandler also shouted the insults "Freak!" and other lines


Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released December 14, 1999 (1999-12-14)
Recorded 1999
Genre Soundtrack
  1. "Call Me" - Blondie
  2. "Spill the Wine" - War/Eric Burdon
  3. "You Sexy Thing" - Hot Chocolate
  4. "Get Down Tonight" - KC & The Sunshine Band
  5. "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye
  6. "I'm Not in Love" - 10cc
  7. "Magnet and Steel" - Walter Egan
  8. "No Worries" - Hepcat
  9. "Can't Smile Without You" - Sean Beal
  10. "Lift Me Up" - Jeff Lynne
  11. "Call Me" - Emilia Maiello


Deuce Bigalow received generally negative reviews, receiving a 23% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


A sequel, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, was released on August 12, 2005. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures instead of Touchstone Pictures.


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