Scatological sequel is sorry mess

  • By Robert Horton / Herald Movie Critic
  • Thursday, August 11, 2005 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The Marquis de Sade himself could not have assembled a bigger collection of depravity than the makers of “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.” This film is like a checklist for the end of civilization: elderly blind people attacked by dolphins, slapstick involving a girl with a tracheotomy wound, a cat attacking a man’s crotch, and someone eating French fries out of a toilet.

Gross: The hero and male prostitute (Rob Schneider) goes to Amsterdam and checks up on a murder spree. A pretty dispiriting gross-out effort, with few laughs scattered amongst the outrageousness.

Rated: R rating is for nudity, language, subject matter.

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All right, I grant you the dolphin thing was funny. But in general, this sequel to “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” is another attempt at out-grossing the competition. And boy, is it gross.

The hero of the first film, played by Rob Schneider, has retired from his freelance job as a male prostitute. But when he meets his former pimp T.J. (Eddie Griffin) in Amsterdam, Deuce gets back in the game.

Someone is murdering male prostitutes, T.J. is falsely accused, and Deuce sets out to find the real culprit. Naturally this leads him to the International Man-Whore Society, an august body of professionals headquartered in Holland.

There are scattered laughs in this movie, mostly of a politically incorrect variety. Canadian tourists are given a hard time of it, for instance.

But it wears you down. Each new situation brings Deuce in contact with a newly grotesque woman – giant, hunchbacked, extremely soiled – and after extracting comedy from the situation, Deuce helps out the women, showing what a sweet guy he actually is.

This is good enough to win over a lovely Dutch lass (Hanna Verboom), whose uncle (veteran Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbe) is investigating the case.

Frizzy-haired Rob Schneider continues to ply his nebbishy persona, basically playing straight man to all the weirdness. The film’s producer, Adam Sandler, pops up in a brief cameo.

It’s pretty dispiriting. A comedy like this makes the foul-mouthed comedy symposium of “The Aristocrats” look noble. This is the kind of film made for dorm rooms and DVD, where old jokes about hashish bars in Amsterdam might sound funny, and where the outrageousness becomes a badge of cool. If people like me don’t like it, so much the better.

Rob Schneider stars in “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.”

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