Certainly a surprise upon its initial release, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo exceeded so many box office expectations a sequel was inevitable. From what I’ve heard, European Gigolo represents everything wrong with movies today; however, I did not let that abysmal word-of-mouth prevent me from giving the first installment a chance. Unfortunately, after viewing the original, I can’t see how the sequel could be any worse.
This film has its share of supporters, and I can’t really come down on anyone …or personal taste. I can only gauge the film as a comedy based on how often it broke me down to laughter. I can honestly say the only chuckle derived from me was during the scene that involves the young lady and Deuce at a baseball game – hardly enough of an impact, however, to recommend this film to the uninitiated. Most of the “laughs” retread territory already ventured by both superior comedies (or, the equally crappy). Watch it if you dare – just, for Pete’s sake – don’t buy it.
For the most part, the 1.85:1 anamorphic presentation looks outstanding. However, during the courtroom scene near the end of the film, there are a few flickers of imperfection. Given the print’s youth, you wouldn’t expect to find such spots, but it hardly renders the film unwatchable. For all Deuce Bigalow‘s faults as a motion picture, it boasts elegant colors and contrast. Still, this isn’t an improvement over the original release – only a rehash.
The 5.1 English track isn’t bad, but it really doesn’t do much in way of distinguishing itself from the expected standard for all newer releases to DVD. Background noise is slight, but clear. Dialogue levels are bold. But there just isn’t enough going on to stun you. While I don’t necessarily feel this is a bad thing, the track is unable to elevate the film, which is already scraping the barrel’s bottom.
Four main bonus materials are included. Your interest will depend on what connection, if any, you can make with the film. There are 7 deleted scenes, a Fly on the Set behind-the-scenes look, a Director’s Video Diary, and the standard “Making of Deuce” featurette. I found them all to be a waste of time, but no more so than the film itself. Still, fans should enjoy.
If this is the best Rob Schneider can do as a leading man, then he needs to stay after Adam Sandler for supporting parts. I really tried to like this film, but it attempts to be a comedy, and – let’s face it – if I’m not laughing, I’m not liking. The A/V is solid, but nothing above standard for today’s releases. This “Little Black Book Edition” is a double-dip that offers no reason for pursuit.
Special Features List
- “Making of Deuce” Featurette
- Fly on the Set
- 7 Deleted Scenes
- Director’s Video Diary