The most interesting thing to discuss
about Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo would have to be the
director. The film was directed by Mike Bigelow. Who is
that? It's hard to find any information on him. One can't
help but wonder whether this is a pseudonym that Mike Mitchell (who
directed the first Deuce movie) might be using, so people don't
think less of him. After all, since the first Deuce, Mike
Mitchell has gone on to such projects as Surviving Christmas and
Sky High...maybe he doesn't want to tarnish his new "family
Besides, who's named Bigelow? It's spelled differently than
Deuce spells his name, but it seems too close to be a coincidence.
And, not surprisingly, the Masked Reviewer hasn't seen many interviews
with the director of this film.
It is possible, theoretically, that there is a guy named Mike
Bigelow, who was always teased because his name rhymed with gigolo, and
after he saw the first Deuce Bigalow movie, decided it was his life's
ambition to direct the sequel. But it doesn't seem likely, now
More importantly, couldn't they have come up with a more clever name?
At least it's clear where the movie is set...but maybe they could have
called it Deuce part Deux: An American Gigolo in Europe.
But, then, people might be disappointed if the film didn't live up to
any cleverness that was exhibited in the title.
And disappointed you might be too, especially if you go to this
movie. Now, perhaps the Masked Reviewer didn't give this film a
fair chance. After all, the Masked Reviewer never saw all of the
first Deuce movie, and maybe viewers need the context to get the
full comedic effect. However, it's hard to imagine that seeing the
first Deuce would make this any more appealing.
Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin are re-united for the continuation of
the Deuce saga. Both actors seem better than this. They both
seem to have their appeals and charms, but the material is sophomoric
and predictable. Hey, the Masked Reviewer can appreciate good
sophomoric humor...but the emphasis is on good. This wasn't
good. This was bad. It seemed to be doing the same jokes
from the first film, different setting.
Essentially, if you think people referring to genitals in a variety
of not-too-clever variations of "man-gina", then you'll have a ball (so
to speak). If can't stop giggling at the thought of people
mentioning fictional kinky sex acts (but not describing what they are,
like a "filthy Rodriguez") then this will be a hoot for you. But
other than that, there's nothing much to recommend. Most of the
jokes are pathetically predictable (even if you haven't seen the
trailer), and the majority of the laughs are from site gags, with
freakish women that Deuce dates or pseudo-homo-erotic misunderstandings
with Eddie Griffin.
Rob Schneider himself doesn't do very much in the film. He
basically reacts to what's going on, for the most part. He'll
react and look horrified once in a while.
There is a fart joke. But you knew there would be, right?
Maybe for the third part of the trilogy, they'll bring in more actors
and set it on a Bahama beach and call it Deuce Bigalow: Gigolo at the
Bungalow, with Jeaneane Garofolo and Mark Ruffalo.
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was, at least, a funny groundwork
for a comedy -- but this film didn't add anything to the mix. The
best things going for it are 1) it's relatively short (77 minutes or so)
and 2) there's brief nudity. There are better ways to spend your
time and money. It's low on giggles.
Expectation from the Title: Hopefully, this is about fly
fishing in Alaska and has nothing to do with that lowbrow male
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
The characters in the movie look out for each other, and that's always
nice to see.
The Pros: It's short and there's a little bit of nudity.
The Cons: Pointless, not nearly funny enough, same joke as the
first movie but overdone.
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Gigalo, Jiggalo, Giggolo, Jigolo, Giggalo