The Hot Chick
1 out of 5 stars
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The first thing you see are a film critic's four most-feared words: A Happy Madison Production. Yes, this is from the Adam Sandler stable, where they must be smoking something very fishy indeed, because it makes everything seem utterly hilarious to them. While we suffer through it barely cracking a smile. In this dire comedy, Schneider plays a low-life criminal who body-swaps with the perky 18-year-old cheerleader (McAdams). So now Jessica looks like Schneider, and has to sort out her spoiled life and win her football-captain boyfriend (Lawrence) with the help of her best friend (Faris) and their pals.

Unfunny zaniness ensues, as do jokes that will offend almost everyone on earth in the most simplistic, under-developed way imaginable, as the plot limps to its predictable conclusion. The filmmakers even have the nerve to wedge in Important Life Lessons about everything from racial heritage to family harmony. It's absolutely appalling, and yet the cast give actually create some memorable characters. The supporting cast is much better than a film like this has any right to expect. While Schneider's half-hearted attempts to be a girl in a man's body are ludicrous ... and yet he's still surprisingly endearing (unlike Sandler, who gives his worst-yet performance in a witless, repetitive cameo). And while there are some genuinely funny zingers in here--maybe five in all--it's basically a vivid demonstration of how underdeveloped and lazy Happy Madison's sense of what's actually funny is. And since these films always make a fortune at the box office, it doesn't say much for the movie going public either.

cert 12 themes, language, innuendo 19.May.03

dir Tom Brady
scr Tom Brady, Rob Schneider
with Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, Eric Christian Olsen, Michael O'Keefe, Robert Davi, Melora Hardin, Maritza Murray, Megan Kuhlmann, Alexandra Holden, Matt Weinberg, Maria-Elena Laas, Jodi Long, Angie Stone, Adam Sandler
release US 13.Dec.02; UK 23.May.03
Touchstone
02/US 1h41

One of the girls. Jessica (Schneider) and her pals try to reverse the ancient spell...

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2003 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

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