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The Hot Chick

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Rob Schneider, The Hot Chick
The Hot Chick: Peter Iovino

The Hot Chick

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
101 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/13/02
performer:
Rachel McAdams, Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Andrew Keegan, Matthew Lawrence, Adam Sandler
director:
Tom Brady
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
author:
Tom Brady, Rob Schneider
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

At this point, we don’t go to Rob Schneider movies looking for laughs: We go for comfort. They’re the cinematic equivalent of meatloaf, dependable and filling in their quotidian idiocy. That’s certainly the case with The Hot Chick, a surprisingly good-natured throwback to the ’80s heyday of the body-switching genre. Fetching, feckless cheerleader Jessica (Rachel McAdams) gets the short end of the ”Freaky Friday” stick when a pair of magical earrings zaps her soul into the body of a lowlife shlub (Schneider). This sounds like a recipe for a lot of locker-room leering, but the once-and-future ”Deuce Bigalow” gallantly offers up his own gnarly little physique as the fetish object: In a charming reversal, Jessica’s best friend (Anna Faris, channeling Britney) is the one clamoring to get a peek at her pal’s new plumbing. It’s not exactly ”Orlando” — hell, it’s not even ”Happy Gilmore” — but, for the Cinema of Poo, Boobs and Fluids, ”Chick” might represent a small, stupid revolution.