|Tom Brady, Rob Schneider
|Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Sam Doumit
|January 1, 2003
Rob Schneider seems to be doing just enough to keep in the business. Relying solely on his childish humour, Schneider has managed to steal from Americans, $65.5m for Duece Bigalow: Male Gigolo and $55.7m for The Animal. To the Happy Madison production studio, this equals profit and based on this, The Hot Chick was made.
In case you’ve been living in a cave, the concept of a guy and a girl switching places ain’t new. Jessica (McAdams) thinks she’s one of the most popular girls at school with her cool friends, expensive car and vast wardrobe. In fact, most everyone hates her snobby persona and would do anything to get back at her. Clive (Schneider) is a bum with no money. He’s just robbed a service station for $18 and is on the run from authorities.
In a long-winded series of coincidences (which I won’t bore you with), the two switch bodies. Jessica wakes up one morning to find she is Clive and vice-versa. From here, The Hot Chick focuses on Jessica in Clive’s body and little is told of the other tale. You can pretty much guess the jokes. If you can’t, just watch the trailer.
Newcomer Rachel McAdams is the only spark in this burnt-out effort. She plays the snobby rich bitch in a deliberately over-the-top sarcastic style. Unfortunately for us, little else is seen of her after the first 20 minutes. As a friend of Schneider, Adam Sandler pops up in a marginally funny role as a weed smoking shop attendant. Usually, it’s Schneider making the cameo in Adam Sandler’s movies ala The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Big Daddy and Mr. Deeds.
The Hot Chick has the honour of being the first film I’ve seen in 2003. I’ll probably bring it up again at the end of the year when reflecting back on the year’s… worst.