The Hottie and the Nottie

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The Hottie and the Nottie
Hottie and the nottie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Putnam
Produced by Hadeel Reda
Neal Ramer
Victoria Nevinny
Myles Nestel
Written by Heidi Ferrer
Starring Paris Hilton
Joel David Moore
Christine Lakin
Music by David E. Russo
Cinematography Alex Vendler
Edited by Jeff Malmberg
Distributed by Regent Releasing
Summit Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9,000,000
Box office $1,596,232[2]

The Hottie and The Nottie (stylized as The Hottie & The Nottie) is a 2008 American romantic comedy film starring Paris Hilton, Joel Moore, Christine Lakin, and Greg Wilson. It was written by Heidi Ferrer (Dawson's Creek). The film started shooting in January 2007 and was released February 8, 2008. Its first-day earnings were $9,000,[3] and it went on to earn $27,696 on its opening weekend, each theater averaging $249.[4] The film was widely panned and Hilton won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, making it her third Golden Raspberry Award.


Nate Cooper just cannot get it together with women. But he also cannot forget his first crush, the tall, attractive, blonde Cristabel Abbott, from their time in elementary school. Nate sets out for the beaches of California and meets up with his geeky best friend Arno, whose mother has an unnatural amount of information about Cristabel, and perhaps an unusual relationship with her son.

Cristabel jogs on the beach every day with many suitors trying to catch her eye, including an albino stalker. But she's still single, and there is a reason: Cristabel is still best friends with the same short, unattractive brunette girl whom Nate also knew in elementary school, June Phigg.

Nate reintroduces himself to Cristabel and they hit it off. However, Cristabel refuses to go on a date with Nate unless June has a date as well. Nate sets out to find a boyfriend for June, but guys recoil at the sight of her. One day at the Santa Monica Pier, Johann Wulrich, an attractive dentist who works as a part-time model, appears in their lives. He seems to want to do a makeover on June when he apparently sees her inner beauty. However, Nate believes that Johann is a threat to his shot for Cristabel, since Johann is almost perfect. Eventually, with June dating Johann, Cristabel finally begins dating Nate, per his original plan.

Over the next few weeks, as Nate and June become friends and she emerges from her cocoon, with her face and appearance transforming into that of an attractive woman whose beauty begins to compare with Cristabel, Nate slowly realizes that June may be the girl of his dreams. Nate tells this to Cristabel, who is happy for June. Nate then tries to find June, and finds her, telling her how he feels.




The film received extremely negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 4% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 67 reviews, concluding that "The Hottie and the Nottie is a crass, predictable, and ineptly staged gross-out comedy that serves little purpose beyond existing as another monument to Paris Hilton's vanity."[5] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 7 out of 100, based on 18 reviews — indicating "overwhelming dislike."[6] IGN gave it a 0-star review, noting that the film "presents a problem because there are just no words to adequately express how clumsy, trite and deeply offensive it is from start to finish." Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers gave the film a half-star rating, saying that the half-star was because "it takes guts (or gross dim-wittedness) [for Hilton] to appear on screen again after House of Wax."[7] Nathan Lee of The Village Voice called it "crass, shrill, disingenuous, tawdry, mean-spirited, vulgar, idiotic, boring, slapdash, half-assed, and very, very unfunny." [8] Online film critic James Berardinelli described the film's comedy as "about as funny as the anal rape scene in The War Zone".[9] Richard Roeper called the film "excruciatingly, painfully, horribly, terribly awful," and argued that "nobody in this movie really should have a career in movies". BBC reviewer Mark Kermode called it "a fascist eugenic's disgusting".

John Anderson of Newsday, while panning the film, was one of a handful of critics to see merit in it. He gave the film two out of four stars and concluded that "The Hottie and the Nottie is no worse in many ways than a lot of teen-centric comedies, which generally appeal to their audience through cruelty and vulgarity."

The film featured on several worst of 2008 lists, including that of The Times,[10] New York Post,[11] The Star-Ledger,[12] The Tart,[13] and Metromix.[14] As of October 2014, it is ranked fourth-worst on IMDb's "Bottom 100" chart.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
Razzie Award Worst Actress Paris Hilton Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
Joel David Moore Won
Christine Lakin Won
Worst Screenplay Heidi Ferrer Nominated
Worst Picture Hadeel Reda Nominated
Neal Ramer Nominated
Myles Nestel Nominated
Victoria Nevinny Nominated
Worst Director Tom Putnam Nominated


The film was a major box office disaster. In its opening weekend the film grossed $27,696 in 111 theaters in the United States, averaging $249 per theater.[16] The Houston Chronicle determined that, based on average ticket prices, this represented an average of 35 people seeing the movie per theatre on its opening weekend, or an average of five per showing.[17] The movie's budget had been over $8,000,000. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has grossed $1,596,232 worldwide as of June 17, 2008.[18]

For its release in the United Kingdom, the film was advertised as "The Number One Film", with small print revealing its being number 1 on the IMDb Bottom 100. The film opened at 32 and grossed $34,231 in 28 theaters in the UK.

Home release[edit]

The Hottie and the Nottie was released on DVD on May 6, 2008. Bonus features include:

  • Production Commentary
  • Actors' Commentary
  • 2 featurettes:
    • Making a Video Dating Personal Ad
    • Paris puts make-up on Joel David Moore.


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  2. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Paris Hilton's Film: Not So 'Hottie'", People Magazine, 9 February 2008
  4. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  5. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008): Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  8. ^ Nathan Lee (2008-01-29). "Village Voice Review". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  9. ^ "James Berardinelli review". 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  10. ^ "The 100 Worst Movies of 2008". The Times (London). 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Today's Ten: Worst Movies Of 2008". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-12-03. [dead link]
  12. ^ Whitty, Stephen (2007-12-27). "Worst films Of 2008: 10 films to forget". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  13. ^ Morgan, James (2009-01-02). "The Worst Movies of 2008 - Part 5". The Tart. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  14. ^ Pais, Matt (2007-12-11). "Worst movies of 2008". Metromix. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  15. ^ "Bottom 100". IMDb. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  17. ^ The Houston Chronicle, p. E1, 11 February 2008

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