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The Hot Chick

The Hot Chick

Rob Schneider's Jessica Spencer is another in his series of imitation films (The Animal and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) which make sound use of his stand-up comic background.

Jessica (Rachel McAdams and Rob Schneider) is the hot chick on campus and a male small time crook.  The two cross paths and change lives when Jessica steals ear rings which have an ancient Egyptian style curse.

The two swap bodies and most of the film revolves around Schneider impersonating the hot chick and attempting to survive in his body but playing her persona.

Director Tom Brady makes it clear that we should not expect a sophisticated production; this is a comedy in every possible way.  Brady directed for comedy and jokes.

But Anna Faris (Scary Movie) who plays Jessica's best friend April points out that the subject matter creates an interesting relationship on many levels.  They revolve around friendship and a complete change in the appearance of a best friend.  Faris told me she would have a difficult time accepting such a relationship in real life.  That difficulty becomes the emotional and telling heart of the film.  Faris' April is drawn toward her best friend because they have shared so much and now the former hot chick is in a male body which has appeal for her.

Well let's not get too serious because most of the film is carried by Schneider as he attempts to adjust from the sexy coed to an average looking guy with different plumbing.  That of course will be the foundation of the bathroom jokes which work better here than in most cases particularly in a bathroom which is supervised by legendary comic Dick Gregory.

Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds performed in the 1964 comedy Goodbye Charlie in which Charlie dies and comes back in Reynolds' body.  In that case it was Reynolds who had the responsibility of playing a macho guy in her sexy body, while knowing every secret Curtis would like to keep quiet.  Blake Edwards' Switch staring Ellen Barkin failed to succeed again using the premise of a guy in Barkin's body.  The situation here is similar but the sex roles are reversed.  So Schneider who has a natural comic personality which began to manifest itself when he was about two years old, carries a presumption that has been used but not so often in this direction.

Schneider puts himself on the line again in an off-beat comedy in which his energy and commitment keep the audiences coming back for more.  Have fun watching The Hot Chick.

 
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The Hot Chick
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C+
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