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The Hot Chick

By Garth Franklin
The Hot Chick

Surprisingly funny despite being the standard dumb script expected with a Rob Schneider comedy, "The Hot Chick" reworks the old "Dating the Enemy" and US 80's style comedy fantasies with a more modern spin and the result is a safe but very formulaic gagfest which manages to be more entertaining and uses a far more likeable premise than Schneider's previous flick "The Animal". Whether you like it or not, the standard gender mix-up jokes and misinterpretations still work thanks mostly to a good sense of delivery from both Schneider and Faris whose chemistry and sense of fun are what help keep this thing going. Both are over the top but only to a degree which is pitch perfect for the somewhat thin material.

Rachel McAdams, whose role as the real 'hot chick', is a somewhat striking new presence and holds far more attention than sadly any of the other supporting cast with all the male actors - Lawrence, Olsen and O'Keefe - pretty much given the short shrift. Like any Schneider comedy, once the switch has happened it becomes a series of skits based around a loose plot and so it works quite well for some of the time including an attempt to use a men's urinal, and a subplot about Schneider posing as a Mexican gardener for the hot chick's parents (and the subsequent attempt by Mom to seduce her daughter in a man's body). Not working so well was a running gag with a bartender, but is compensated for by a great dance sequence in a club and a fun Adam Sandler cameo.

Like I said though there's nothing new here, and the PG-13 rating means some of the more edgy jokes feel very tamed down. Had this been an R rating, a lot more edge could've been added whilst the subplot about Farris falling for her best friend in the new body could've ended with a less Hollywood-style rushed "all is good" ending. At its length, more time could've been given to the boyfriends and to the other girlfriends who seem to ready to accept the silliness of the premise. Still, what they have managed to do is better than you might expect and worth a few good (albeit dumb) laughs.

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