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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolow
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolow
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // November 29, 2005
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted November 29, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

The first "Deuce Bigalow" was...okay. The film was an adequate lowbrow comedy, which did a fairly good job with a one-joke bit. The film was a hit, but the premise remained thin - certainly too thin to try and wring more material out of the bit for a sequel, right? Right. Of course, that didn't stop actor Rob Schneider from trying to create more work for himself.

"Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" actually starts off with a cheap, bizzare chuckle (but it's still a laugh, nonetheless) as Deuce gets in trouble when his invention to keep whales from beaching themselves (after Deuce's wife passed away tragically, he stopped being a "man-whore" and took up oceanography) goes wrong and results in seniors being attacked by dolphins in the water.

Seeking to get out of the country, Deuce finds the perfect excuse when Deuce's pal, TJ (Eddie Griffin) calls from Amsterdam, telling Deuce that business is good there, where just about anything's legal. The only problem? Someone's been murdering the man-whores of the area and TJ, who's the prime suspect, plans to use Deuce for bait.

The sequel somehow manages to throw in some funny bits amidst stretches of pretty stale, very lowbrow humor. Aside from the opening bit, there's also a meeting of the "Royal Order of European Man-Whores" - a bit that includes a cameo from former "SNL" co-star Norm McDonald. Still, when the movie's at it's worst, it's not only gross and unfunny, but quite predictable, as well. The acting is pretty weak, although Griffin is the only one who becomes irritating.

At 83 minutes (counting quite a few credits), "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" gets a few surprise laughs, but one has to sit through a lot of horrid humor in order to go get to those few bright spots. Definitely an unnecessary film, and not one that's going to help anyone's career any. As an interesting note, the director's name is Mike Bigalow, and this is his only credit. Somehow, I think Mike Bigalow may not be his real name.

The DVD

VIDEO: Sony Pictures Home Video presents "European Gigolo" in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation quality suffers from a few issues, but otherwise delivers standard images. Sharpness and detail are generally fine, as the picture appeared well-defined in all but a few scenes.

While most of the presentation was perfectly fine, there were a few moments where artifacts were spotted, as well as some shimmering. No print flaws were seen, nor was any edge enhancement. Colors remained bright and vivid, with no smearing or other concerns.

SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is a "comedy mix", with the majority of the audio rooted in the front speakers. Dialogue remained crisp and clear, as did music.

EXTRAS: The main supplement is a 2-part "making of" that lasts nearly an hour. Does it strike anyone as odd that a sequel to "Deuce Bigalow" needs a nearly hour-long documentary? The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew's experiences in Amsterdam filming the flick. While there are interviews included throughout, this is mainly a look at the production, filmed during the making of the flick. "Casting Lounge" has the filmmakers trying to cast a girl for a wet t-shirt sequence.

We also get the Comedy Central "Reel Comedy" promotional documentary and "The Floating Crib" featurette. "So You Want to Be a Man-Whore?" offers some parody bits, as does "A Burger and a Bentley". There's also "Man-Ho 101", "Deleted Scenes" and trailers for other titles from the studio.

Final Thoughts: While the sequel to "Deuce" gets a few surprise laughs at times, most of the movie definitely doesn't work. Furthermore, the pointlessness of it eventually catches up with it, and the movie starts to feel noticably overlong at only a little less than an hour in. As for the DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment offers a fine audio/video presentation and a decent assortment of supplements. Maybe a rental for those who are still interested, but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.
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