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The Hot Chick (2002)

He’s neither hot, nor a chick

Directed by:

Tom Brady

Rating: 2/10

Running Time: 101 minutes

UK Certificate: 12A

Country: United States

As far as excruciatingly bad comedies go, only the super-offensive Martin Lawrence vehicle "National Security" is likely to beat "The Hot Chick" hands-down for the title of this year's worst of the lot.

Starring bug-eyed screen-hugger Rob Schneider as a girl in a bloke's body, it follows a path well-trodden by previous body-swap comedies – with the crucial difference of being neither entertaining nor funny. Schneider ends up living the life of cheerleading High School brat Jessica (Rachel McAdams) as the result of a mystical curse involving an ancient pair of Abyssinian ear-rings – don't ask. Cue lots of opportunities for Schneider to camp it up big style with requisite crop-top, limp wrists and low-brow toilet gags.

Jessica's attempts to come to terms with her unexpected make-over are helped along by best bud April (Anna "Scary Movie" Faris), but strangely boyfriend Billy (Matthew Lawrence) seems less than enthusiastic about the prospect of accompanying the hairy screeching ladyboy to the school prom. Can't think why that might be.

The funniest parts of the movie by a long way are the all-too-rare glimpses of what's happening with Jessica's own body – where Schneider's character has her mugging, beating up grown men and working as a particularly aggressive stripper. Unfortunately, Schneider's screenplay makes sure we don't get to see too much of that side of things. If we did, he wouldn't be in practically every scene – and then it just wouldn't be a Rob Schneider movie, would it?

It's Got: Adam Sandler in shockingly bad cameo mode as a weed-obsessed store-assistant. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

It Needs: To be funny

Alternatives:

Down to Earth, Freaky Friday, Vice Versa

Summary

Repetitive, one-joke junk. Do yourself a favour – stay in and rent "Big" instead.

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