Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Cast:
Rob Schneider as Deuce Bigalow
Eddie Griffin as T.J. Hicks
Jeroen Krabbé as Detective Gaspar
Til Schweiger as Heinz Hummer

Analysis:
Europe, the very name brings up images of rich traditions centuries old, stunning architecture, cuisine, art, and of course culture and sophistication. Europe has endured wars, plagues, and hordes of unruly soccer fans and has remained intact, but perhaps its greatest challenge is about to arrive in the form of Deuce Bigalow, pool cleaner, fish lover, and male Gigolo.

Rob Schneider returns as Deuce, who has given up his man-whoring ways and married the girl of his dreams. As the film opens, we learn that Deuce was widowed on his honeymoon and has carried a torch for his departed wife for years. The fact that the torch in question is actually her artificial limb is a creepy sentiment that further isolates deuce from those around him.

After a day at the beach goes horribly wrong, Deuce happily accepts an invitation from his friend T.J. (Eddie Griffin) and travels to Amsterdam for some time away. With the artificial limb in tow, Deuce arrives and learns that a mysterious killer has been dispatching Europe’s top Gigolos and before you can say “space cake,” T.J. is implicated in the murders and on the run forcing Deuce to go back to his man-whoring in an effort to learn who is behind the killings.

Since Deuce witnessed the aftermath of a recent killing, he is convinced that the killer is a woman and that only by dating those clients of the recently departed can he find the proof needed to free T.J.

Of course Deuce doesn’t get the cream of society as his clients are a mixed bag that makes his Janes from the first film seem normal. There is the lady with the gaping hole in her throat, a lady whose ears put Dumbo’s to shame, a giant with an infant fetish, and a woman with a male sex organ for a nose.

It is against this backdrop that Deuce meets Eva (Hanna Verboom), an artist with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the daughter of the police inspector investigating the case. Deuce is taken with the charming Eva which leads to even more conflict for the widowed Deuce.

As if his life could not get any worse, Deuce is at odds with the European Society of Man Whores who constantly go out of their way to taunt Deuce and his inclusion in their profession.

Over the next 90 minutes a constant barrage of crude jokes ensues ranging from the gross to the juvenile. Yet despite the ongoing crude and sophomoric humor, I found myself laughing as did the majority of the audience at my screening.

While I can see how many critics will not like this film due to a very basic story, thin characters and crudeness, the film works very well as a mindless comedy.

The characters are not expanded from their roles in the original and do not need to be. We know that Deuce is an easy going loser with a heart of gold and that is all we need to know.

Schneider and Griffin work well with one another and the constant euphemisms such as Mangina, He Bitch, and Hegina flow often only to be followed by new and even more creative phrases.

If you are a fan of the original and do not get offended easily then this is going to be your film. It isn’t trying to break new ground, it is trying to make you laugh, and for this critic, despite the film’s flaws, I laughed constantly throughout, and in many cases harder than I have at any film in recent years.

Gareth Von Kallenbach writes for Skewed and Reviewed and is a member of the International Association of Film Critics.

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